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Old 06-09-2019, 01:31 PM
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Whatever that first Jon boat with a motor that opened up a new world where you would spend all you extra money for the rest of your life .
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Humbucker427 View Post
I'm not claiming you to be right or wrong. I'm just interested in this story. Do you have any references or links? I'd love to read more about it as it sounds very interesting.
Same, very interested. It doesn't surprise me though.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:41 PM
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No, I'm dead serious. Guy locally brought bait on a pleasure cruise, a horrible accident happened, and the bait bringer was sued for $500,000, the limit of his insurance, and lost. The boat he was on was ultimately found to be not at fault, but that didn't matter. Maritime law.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:51 PM
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Bluewater. Been on 2150s and owned a 2550. I get all the comments about the step and 2 piece hull but trust me a lot of boat for the money. Just sold my 2550 and miss it daily. Been in some serious rough seas and she always got us home safely and the storage was much better than any Whaler or Everglades.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:32 PM
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I don't see Venture getting a lot of love compared to some of the newer cc's over 30 feet. I have a 98 34 and it's a hell of a boat. Wish it had more rod holders, but that's a "problem" that can be easily fixed. Hell of a boat, and is a tank in rough water.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:06 PM
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Neighbor had a 23 Robalo CC of the 94-96 era. Rode on it only once, but it landed soft everytime I expected it not to. We towed a floating dock from Key Largo down to Islamorada. By the end of the day, the wind picked up. We were on the bayside in an honest 1-3 foot chop. Not a THT one. I was driving us home. I wasn't hauling ass at WOT, but I was at a fast cruise of about 40. Not one time did it beat us up when it landed. Every landing was soft. I have no clue about the structural integrity of the boat, or the wiring/etc, but I have first hand experience with its ride. Impressed me.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:52 PM
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Key west. It may not be the best riding hull but it is solid. My brother bought one new in 2002 and it has held up really well considering how he fishes the boat(bait fishermen). The gel coat looks good and not many cracks other than the dings from 10 oz weights.
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:11 PM
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The late 90s/early 2000s, 19&21 foot SeaPro bay boat hull. Many different manufacturers have reincarnated that hull.
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by johndoe031181 View Post
I don't see Venture getting a lot of love compared to some of the newer cc's over 30 feet. I have a 98 34 and it's a hell of a boat. Wish it had more rod holders, but that's a "problem" that can be easily fixed. Hell of a boat, and is a tank in rough water.
Fully agree on that. Spent many hours fishing on my friend's 34 and the ride was dramatically better than my 31 Contender.
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Old 06-09-2019, 04:53 PM
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ALLIED 19 CC....workboat tough, and ya gotta love a boat whose topsides are decked with Trex.....
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:08 PM
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You guys have lost your minds. Bayliners are not underated. They really do suck.

Noah's arc was underated. Can you put 2 giraffes on YOUR boat?
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:12 PM
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After spending a couple days on our Cobia 296 and having a history of owning some greats boats, I 100% vote Cobia if you can count them in this comparison. There isn’t a Sea Hunt or Key West that I’ve ever been on that will touch it. I’ve fished many days in a 25 and 27 Gamefish and have a buddy who owns nothing but KW’s. No comparison
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Mofugga View Post
Wellcraft Scarab CC's. Not sure why there's not much love for them.
Could be steller machines if it wasn't for the rotten decks in most of them.

That 302 hull was a wave cutting efficient speed machine. Almost all of them had huge soft spots and sags in the deck within 5-10 years.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post
The late 90s/early 2000s, 19&21 foot SeaPro bay boat hull. Many different manufacturers have reincarnated that hull.
Early 90's 17' SeaPro 90 Merc also . Learned about boats with steering wheels on that one . Caught inside second sandbar close to beach with surfable breaking 4' -6' waves (straight through slow maintain steerage with power then sprint to the next set) , hit a marker at night(glancing blow) , fished miles off shore , etc . Spent every second I could on that boat and always brought me home eventually . Loved that boat . Named SASTO
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:34 PM
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Kencraft boats. Rock solid, no frills boats in my opinion.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by JonisMist View Post
You guys have lost your minds. Bayliners are not underated. They really do suck.

Noah's arc was underated. Can you put 2 giraffes on YOUR boat?
Had a 05’ 210 cuddy in Honolulu. That thing would chew through 3-4’ standing waves caused by gnarly tidal currents. Plenty of 25 knot trade wind nights coming around Diamondhead and never felt like she couldn’t handle it. Granted, I didn’t go “Capt full throttle” through the chop like some do in their Grady’s, but that hull held her own. The mercruiser and Gen 2 leg was another story. 😑
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:14 AM
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I had a 1720 and 1900. I actually felt the smaller boat had a better ride. I wish now I had held onto it for my kids to use. Great little boat.
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:39 AM
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My vote is for the 90’s era Cape Crafts. They weren’t made very long before the company went out of business but the 21’ and 26’ were awesome rigs with formula 233 running surfaces. These boats were the direct predecessors to boats already listed on this thread (23 & 28 caravelle seahawk; 2150 & 2550 bluewater). They have 0 name value but provide a more than exceptional offshore ride. I love my 21 but I’ve got my eye out for a 26 if one ever pops up.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:20 AM
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Cobia. Since Hewes took them over in 2008ish and re-tooled them they have turned into a very nice boat. But old reputations die hard...

I think they are a great value, well built and designed. I took the factory tour and was impressed. So I bought a 277. I just went offshore ( 4.5 hour ride each way). Boat rode great and got 2.1 mpg with full fuel, ice, 3 guys, offshore gear.
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