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Champion 24 Bay Champ, Triton 240LTS, Vs Nauticstar 2400

Old 02-11-2018, 07:31 AM
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Default Champion 24 Bay Champ, Triton 240LTS, Vs Nauticstar 2400

Hey guys, I'm new to posting on here but have been lurking for quite some time. I am finally ready to buy and stop wishing!

The three boats I have narrowed my search down to are the Champion 24 Bay Champ, Triton 240LTS, and NauticStar 2400.

I have found several of these boats, all priced in the same ball park. The Nauticstar's are a few years never than triton's and champion but still priced around the $30K-$35K range.

What are your opinions on these boats and which would you go with?

This boat will be used mostly for inshore redfishing and specks with the occasional trip out to the rigs for some snapper on the calm days.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:38 AM
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Triton
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NS
Survey anything you get serious with, champions are good hulls but some had issues with wood. Triton is heavy slower and needs max hp which will eat more fuel but also a great riding hull. NS is efficient, can be moist and will not ride nearly as good as the first two boats.
I know where a 24 Chanpion is forsale, pm me if you want location and #.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:47 AM
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I agree with Kennner ^ , but look at Bulls Bay Boats also , you get real close to your price range in a new 22 , used in your range .
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If you can actually find a Triton 240 LTS for under $35K, that's the one I would get.
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
Triton
Champion
NS
Survey anything you get serious with, champions are good hulls but some had issues with wood. Triton is heavy slower and needs max hp which will eat more fuel but also a great riding hull. NS is efficient, can be moist and will not ride nearly as good as the first two boats.
I know where a 24 Chanpion is forsale, pm me if you want location and #.
I agree with this but put the champion 24 first b/c of the ride (which is hard to beat).

I would be more concerned with the power on each boat if everything else was equal.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:14 PM
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Thanks for the input guys, I favor the champion over the triton because of the flip up seats. After being a passenger on the boat for many years I feel that it is important to have additional seating for people other than the caption at the helm.

rbhankins001 I have spent the past two years fishing out of a triton 240 LTS, so I am pretty familiar with the boat and its ride. Do you really think the champion will be a better ride?
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Originally Posted by adamtalley7 View Post
Thanks for the input guys, I favor the champion over the triton because of the flip up seats. After being a passenger on the boat for many years I feel that it is important to have additional seating for people other than the caption at the helm.

rbhankins001 I have spent the past two years fishing out of a triton 240 LTS, so I am pretty familiar with the boat and its ride. Do you really think the champion will be a better ride?
go ride one when it's pretty rough and see for yourself

I wouldn't buy ANY boat without riding it on a windy day
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:14 PM
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Back in the day, the BayChamp 24 and the Yellowfin 24 were the top 24' bay boats. Yellowfin won that race but saying that any bay boat competed with the Yellowfin speaks volumes about the hull. I owned a Champion 24 Bay for three years. I regret to this day selling it.
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Champion 24 Bay Champ. The Champ is heavy and it will not set any speed records but the ride is what sets it apart from the others. When the Nauticstar was introduced it seemed to have a very similar deck layout as the Champion. Obviously Champion is out of business so if the others still have hull warranties that would be something to consider.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:17 AM
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Champion 24 is the best riding bay boat to ever hit the market. Hard to find them these days.
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
Triton
Champion
NS
Survey anything you get serious with, champions are good hulls but some had issues with wood. Triton is heavy slower and needs max hp which will eat more fuel but also a great riding hull. NS is efficient, can be moist and will not ride nearly as good as the first two boats.
I know where a 24 Chanpion is forsale, pm me if you want location and #.
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I'm pretty fond on the 240 LTS. I'm on my second one now. I had a 2005 with a Honda 225. It was slow and a dog out of the hole. My 2012 Has a Verado 250 Pro on it. It will jump on plane in just over a boat length. With the t-top I have seen 56 mph. Cruise at 40 mph with 3.2mpg. Able to cruise at 32mph getting 3.75mpg. When it gets rough, just put the tabs down and it will smooth out the ride. I consistently take it 30 miles offshore. hit a few wrecks, then go fish the shallows in 2 feet of water. It uses a keel pad to make it more efficient and has just enough chine to keep it dry. There is a reason they are still using the same hull shape since 2004. The only thing that has changed it the deck layout in recent models. The boat does everything I need it to do. I would only change for a dual engine boat for safety factor. Maybe a Tideline 235, but will cost twice as much.
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With the Champion make sure to get the transom checked real good. I know the earlier 21 and 22 ft models had a problem with rot. I dont know if the 24 did or not. But any used boat should be checked good before buying.
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Originally Posted by daveinthewave View Post
With the Champion make sure to get the transom checked real good. I know the earlier 21 and 22 ft models had a problem with rot. I dont know if the 24 did or not. But any used boat should be checked good before buying.
Ya think? Buddies 21 lost a motor in vermilion bay 8 years ago. He sold hull & trailer for $10k after insurance paid to a guy from Florida. OP, if I were you I would be putting down a deposit before these guys find your unicorn.
FYI, champion is the second best riding bayboat hull invented
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I don't think I would pay $40K for it but this one is pretty cool...

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...y-24-103226920
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Originally Posted by daveinthewave View Post
With the Champion make sure to get the transom checked real good. I know the earlier 21 and 22 ft models had a problem with rot. I dont know if the 24 did or not. But any used boat should be checked good before buying.
24 did not.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
Triton
Champion
NS
Survey anything you get serious with, champions are good hulls but some had issues with wood. Triton is heavy slower and needs max hp which will eat more fuel but also a great riding hull. NS is efficient, can be moist and will not ride nearly as good as the first two boats.
I know where a 24 Chanpion is forsale, pm me if you want location and #.

Is that champion still for sale. Thanx Tim
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Solid advice already in this thread. I don't have first hand experience with the Triton or NS, but I fell in love with the Champion 24 as soon as I felt it hit some bay chop. Of those THT members above commenting on the ride of Bay Champ, one sold me my boat and another has fished in it. I have a friend that bought one after riding in mine, and I thought that was a good testament to the ride.

I think you can get the same hull by also looking at the Morada 24 and the Lake and Bay 24. The Champion molds apparently passed hands a few times. I think the original was produced as a Back Country, or something like that. Supposedly, those were the guys that started Yellowfin. I am sure someone can correct or add to that info, but the bottom line is that the hull rides great. I am sure something out there rides better, I just fear you would have to get into the hybrid class to see it.
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Champions can have major transom issues.

Get a Triton. Tough boat. Good ride. 250 pushes it to 52mph. Get the older style hull. Many of the guides in our area have the Tritons. Really can’t go wrong.
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Originally Posted by Tritanic View Post
Champions can have major transom issues.

Get a Triton. Tough boat. Good ride. 250 pushes it to 52mph. Get the older style hull. Many of the guides in our area have the Tritons. Really can’t go wrong.
I haven't heard of problems with the 24 composite hull. I have heard of nightmares with, IIRC, the 21 bay and some bass models with wood.
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