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Old 04-29-2017, 07:54 PM
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Obviously the higher end manufacturers Grady White, Everglades, Boston Whaler etc.. are popular but I'd like to hear opinions on what manufacturers aren't getting the love they deserve. What are the most underated boats?
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:53 PM
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I don't see a lot of the BlueWave boats around coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
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Key West Bluewater series

We are on our third KW. Started with a 2020DC, then a 2300WA and now our 268CC.

The last two have both been the Bluewater series, which at the time meant they had more fishing amenities than some other models.

I dont know why I kept coming back to look at the KeyWest brand other than having a good experience with the first one. The last two have both exceeded our expectations. With the upgrades I have done on my current rig, I dont see us changing boats anytime soon. I pretty much have it as good as I would want it...

This current model has a 9'8" beam and a 21 degree deadrise. The hull isnt too heavy, around 4500 lbs and will show a solid 2 mpg at a 36-38 mph cruise with the Hondas. On the trailer the total weight is 7800 lbs...easily towable with most 1/2 ton trucks.

For me it is as roomy fishing it aft as it was fishing my nephews 32 Yellowfin, which has a 9'9" beam, but a much wider console making for a nice squeeze area alongside it.
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Hydra-Sports.

While the company has morphed into a high priced custom line, the previous models were solid, seaworthy and provide good value.

I'm on my third.
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OK. I'll say it, and will regret it. Bayliner.

It serves a niche. A big niche (entry level cheap), and it serves it quite well (though when it chut down trophy it knowinlgy abandoned the cc fishing market, but it's sportboats are among the best VALUES going. And it is dipping it's toe into the lake/inland fishing market with the "F" series...
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Hydra-Sports.

While the company has morphed into a high priced custom line, the previous models were solid, seaworthy and provide good value.

I'm on my third.
These were tanks, but a lot had FICHTs hanging off the back in the late 90s, so no joy.

Mine was a '98 Vector 25' CC. I was very confident in the sea it could and would handle....

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Starcraft Bluewater series from the 80's, the models were 180-210-240, they are 3 piece with 20 degree deadrise at transom. For what they are they ride well, just not well known hulls. The Starcraft name is know for aluminum mainly, but also deckboats. My hull is very heavy with high gunnels and rides well and slow top speed.
I enjoy it for what I have in it.
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OK. I'll say it, and will regret it. Bayliner.

It serves a niche. A big niche (entry level cheap), and it serves it quite well (though when it chut down trophy it knowinlgy abandoned the cc fishing market, but it's sportboats are among the best VALUES going. And it is dipping it's toe into the lake/inland fishing market with the "F" series...


Its a lot of bang for the buck . Look at the Bayliner forum they look like they have as much fun as anyone .
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"Look at the Bayliner forum they look like they have as much fun as anyone"

This is crazy talk....B-O
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Key West and Sailfish
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Key West. Solid reliable boats.
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It has to be bayliner not based on their quality, but how much crap they take. If they where as bad as their reputation they would explode and screw your wife every time you turned the key.
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Originally Posted by pgkeating View Post
"Look at the Bayliner forum they look like they have as much fun as anyone"

This is crazy talk....B-O
Then go look . Bayliner is not my type of boat but the owners have fun and have not over paid for a name .
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OK. I'll say it, and will regret it. Bayliner.

It serves a niche. A big niche (entry level cheap), and it serves it quite well (though when it chut down trophy it knowinlgy abandoned the cc fishing market, but it's sportboats are among the best VALUES going. And it is dipping it's toe into the lake/inland fishing market with the "F" series...
After the Jon Boat, Bayliner has probably put more people on the water than any other brand.

I remember my dad's late 70's Bayliner bow rider with a 2 smoker, fond memories.
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Parkers get treated pretty harshly here on THT for the ride. Typically not so much from owners but "friend of a friend who spent a lot of time fishing on a Parker, hated the ride, took a beating" etc etc. I am self admittedly very partial to the brand have and fished and dove extensively off of my 2520 now in season 12. The boat continues to please me tremendously and looks almost like new despite having been trashed in the open ocean and in the water from April-November in the Northeast for 13 seasons.


I bought her used when she was a year old. My biggest obstacle to ever upgrading is that I could not bear to get rid of this boat. More like a faithful pet then an inanimate object.

In all fairness, the ride with the pilot house forward and the wide beam is not perfect and the boat is not gonna keep pace with deep-v high performance center console. On the other hand, last week I ran 40 miles out each way, the water temperature was in the high 40s, air temp in the low 50s. We were in the wheelhouse with coats off, listening to Sirius Classic Vinyl making 18kts. The only other vessels we saw on the water that day were steel hulled commercial fishing boats or ships........
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I've owned four Ocean Master 31's over the years with two currently one a 1997 model and the other delivered new last year. The 1997 model has had four sets of engines over the years and doesn't have a stress crack. The OM isn't "fancy" but I haven't been able to break one yet going back to 1991. Only down side is that with 16 degrees of deadrise aft they are not as soft a ride as some of the true deep vee boats. That is offset by a big beam, very stable platform with a lot of fuel and tons of range. The newer hull delivered last year has twin Evinrude 300 G2's delivering 33 knot cruise speed at 4200-4300 RPM and 1.6 N.M per gallon. Range is over 400 N.M with full fuel tanks. I posted a thread on the new boat last year.
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Yellowfin

Despite suspect thru hulls think they ride pretty well
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