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Old 08-22-2017, 12:50 PM
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Wife says 50-60k budget for a boat. We live in florida and most of our fishing will be done in the tampa area for now, few keys trips a year lobstering/etc, and would like to be able to transition to offshore in nice weather. I was thinking 23-25 foot and a single engine to keep costs down, and I would really like to have a small tower with upper controls if possible. What do you all think for a hull/motor for this price range?

I have been taking a liking to cats lately, but I don't really know what is and isn't a good build/model and if they will run well with a single engine? Open to suggestions. Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:03 PM
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I assume you are trying to buy used? Finding a new boat at that lenght, tower/controls and price will be tough. I would go with a pathfinder or some sort of bay boat. Powered with 200-300hp
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:06 PM
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Most cats with a single would probably be a little on the small side especially for a tower, although ameracat builds a 25 with a single and on there website it shows one with a tower.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:21 PM
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I had a 243 Everglades and it was a much better compromise boat than I expected for the use you describe. You'll be looking at the '04-08ish range in that price point, and I don't know if the upper station was available yet for you to find one, but that might be a great choice.

It's not a perfect boat, but its a surprisingly good boat for one trying to do that many things.
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AirItOut View Post
I assume you are trying to buy used? Finding a new boat at that lenght, tower/controls and price will be tough. I would go with a pathfinder or some sort of bay boat. Powered with 200-300hp
How much is the tower/controls adding to the price? If I were to just stick with say a 23 contender with a newer motor is it doable? I'd like to stay with as new a motor as money will allow
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:39 PM
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...4-avenger.html

Really tough boat to find used, would probably be pretty easy to move later on down the road if you wanted to upgrade!
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Old 08-22-2017, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by floridafisher0510 View Post
How much is the tower/controls adding to the price? If I were to just stick with say a 23 contender with a newer motor is it doable? I'd like to stay with as new a motor as money will allow
It all depends on the setup of the tower.

You can definately find a nice 23 contender with newer power in that range all day or less.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by AirItOut View Post
It all depends on the setup of the tower.

You can definately find a nice 23 contender with newer power in that range all day or less.
Thats what I am thinking. If I just went with that for now, what would it cost to completely replace the center console or at least the top and change it to a tower with controls later on as a future project?
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www.boattrader.com
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plug-in your parameters and search away!
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:37 PM
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Can't wait until I can afford to drop 60k on a boat...! Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:41 PM
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Go to Vegas put half your budget on red or black on roullete cross your fingers and hope you win and if you do double your boat budget
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:34 PM
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I had a 23 Contender also and while it was a great boat, I don't think it would be my choice if most of your fishing will be inshore. I guess it depends on what will dominate your fishing time. It's a fantastic running boat, but inshore the tradeoff on draft, lack of casting deck height, and high sides/windage isn't ideal.
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/boat-com...som-build.html

This is a 21' but 23'9" LOA w/ bracket I think and pic floating around somewhere of a 24' that is almost done with a 32" bracket off the stern. Worth a serious look IMHO. I think I am going to look.
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Originally Posted by Texas 17 View Post
I had a 243 Everglades and it was a much better compromise boat than I expected for the use you describe. You'll be looking at the '04-08ish range in that price point, and I don't know if the upper station was available yet for you to find one, but that might be a great choice.

It's not a perfect boat, but its a surprisingly good boat for one trying to do that many things.
cant go wrong with a 243. Thats one boat that doesnt age, and many have the folding crowsnest.
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Didn't Calcutta make some 263's with single engines? If you can find one of those that might be an option for you.
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23 Contender is not a boat I would be using inshore, its an offshore boat and putting a tower on it will make it roll a good bit, plus the livewell is shit to use on a regular basis.

Personally a pathfinder, gause, rebuilt aquasport 22, Robalo cayman, shearwater, dusky are gonna be much better for a tampa boat. The hardest part is going to be finding on with a tower already, there not cheap to do, but if you get a good deal on a used boat it can be done.
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Big bay boat will give you more options.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:36 PM
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Agree with the comments. A 22 or 24 Pathfinder would be a great boat and comfortably offshore capable on the nicer days. Easily doable in your price range and it will hold its value when your ready to move up a couple of feet.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Lifegoeson View Post
23 Contender is not a boat I would be using inshore, its an offshore boat and putting a tower on it will make it roll a good bit, plus the livewell is shit to use on a regular basis.

Personally a pathfinder, gause, rebuilt aquasport 22, Robalo cayman, shearwater, dusky are gonna be much better for a tampa boat. The hardest part is going to be finding on with a tower already, there not cheap to do, but if you get a good deal on a used boat it can be done.
I don't think I'll wind up doing AS MUCH inshore as offshore. We actually might wind up moving to Florida east coast
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Originally Posted by 03silverTJ View Post
Didn't Calcutta make some 263's with single engines? If you can find one of those that might be an option for you.
I can't find any Calcutta 263 for sale, I also have no experience with them are they generally a good make/model
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