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Old 02-12-2018, 08:03 AM
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Default How are the new Sea Fox Boats doing?

I have a buddy that is looking at a new Sea Fox 28 CC. How are these boats holding up? Resale may or may not be important but in all likelyhood, he will sell it in a 3-4 years and go bigger.

I talked to him about a used boat like a Pursuit, Grady, Regulator, etc... but his crowd likes the bells and whistles as well as something new. Looks like the boat, motors, trailer, and electronics would be in the 130-140k range.

The boat will also likely never fish offshore. Running around in the sound to different islands, and covering the Crystal Coast on good weather days.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:37 AM
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Then buy the sea fox. If he’s just sandbar hopping, staying in sight of land, and entertaining friends and family, but the boat that has the most creature comforts and styling cues you like.
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I have a 2017 that I fish out of Kona Hawaii. All it sees is blue water. Holding up great. Only issue I have had was a shitty wash down pump, that they warrantied with an upgraded new sureflo.

Everyone will have opinions, but it comes down to budget, layout, and overall looks and feel. Mine had what I wanted and ticked the boxes. All that matters.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:46 AM
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If hes gonna be dropping 140+ I would rather a 27 Sea Hunt Gamefish. Dimensions are similar. Much better resale and an overall better built boat. Sea Foxes are fine but for that kind of money there are better options. Sea Hunts can be had for good deals in the Carolinas compared to say South Florida.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:13 AM
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I would go with the Tidewater 280. I've looked at the sea fox the sea hunt and the Cobia and the sailfish. All of them can be had for around that price range. I personally just liked the tidewater more in person than the others. But that's not the question you asked, from the all the research I've done the new sea Fox's are quite a step up from their past
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I bought a new Sea Fox in 2014. It’s a 3rd boat that I keep on a lift so it only has 210 hrs., but she looks like new.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:20 PM
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If hes gonna be dropping 140+ I would rather a 27 Sea Hunt Gamefish. Dimensions are similar. Much better resale and an overall better built boat. Sea Foxes are fine but for that kind of money there are better options. Sea Hunts can be had for good deals in the Carolinas compared to say South Florida.
You are right about Sea Hunt resale. It will beat Sea Fox handily. Sea Fox is having a hard time shaking their old reputation. Sea Hunt is outstanding with customer service and warranty issues. It's rare to see any complaints.

How is Sea Hunt better built?
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Searosis View Post
..... 27 Sea Hunt Gamefish. Dimensions are similar. Much better resale and an overall better built boat.
Can you substantiate that with anything objective? And resale, in my experience at least is 100% about how well cared for any particular hull may be and as always the cost of entry needs to be factored in.

OP I have been on a bunch of boats and the real world difference between the alphabet soup of lookalike 2 pc mass produced hulls is quickly reduced to personal preference on lay out and the degree of fru fru offered. The post 2007 Seafoxes are plenty fine boats.
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How about Sportsman 282 Open or the 282 TE ? I just sold my Sportsman 247 and absolutely loved it. They build a hell of a boat and I highly suggest that anyone who comes across the chance to ride one, does.

Heres me TE coming along. Should be here soon.

Sidenote- Id go Sea Hunt before Sea Fox like mentioned above. Just be sure your friend sea trails a few times and a few boats before committing.

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Can you substantiate that with anything objective? And resale, in my experience at least is 100% about how well cared for any particular hull may be and as always the cost of entry needs to be factored in.

OP I have been on a bunch of boats and the real world difference between the alphabet soup of lookalike 2 pc mass produced hulls is quickly reduced to personal preference on lay out and the degree of fru fru offered. The post 2007 Seafoxes are plenty fine boats.
Don't want to throw the thread off path too much so I won't go into brand vs brand. I saved myself big by giving " another alphabet soup lookalike 2 pc mass produced " boat a chance. I was dead sold on one but my eyes were opened greatly when I felt the difference and seen the difference on a last minute sea trial of another brand.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Can you substantiate that with anything objective? And resale, in my experience at least is 100% about how well cared for any particular hull may be and as always the cost of entry needs to be factored in.

OP I have been on a bunch of boats and the real world difference between the alphabet soup of lookalike 2 pc mass produced hulls is quickly reduced to personal preference on lay out and the degree of fru fru offered. The post 2007 Seafoxes are plenty fine boats.
I have looked the newer Sea Fox boats over pretty closely and honestly can't see or feel any difference between them and most other boats in the class. My belief is that Sea Fox resale suffers because of their previous reputation. You'll certainly appeal to more buyers with Sea Hunt. Kinda like Yamaha. While I think most modern outboards are outstanding there is still that belief that Yamaha is better because they used to be.
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There has been recent posts regarding gel coat and upholstery issues with later Sea Hunts. Every product is cyclical. My guess is Sea Hunt has such an aggressive production schedule that their quality has slipped. Sea Fox holds their own with them and Tidewater. Proper maintenance will dictate resale.
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I've owned a Sea Fox 266 Commander for a year and a half now... Had it out to the gulf stream (75 miles) a couple times, regularly fished in the 30-50 mile range and had plenty of island days. These boats are a great value. Can handle 3-4 footers but still able to anchor up on a island for bocce and beers w friends. IMO unless you're into paying a lot more for a name, I would go with value as the bottom line is these boats both look great and perform. Take a look at my boat... It's for sale for less that $90k... Yamaha twin 150s, Garmin electronics and Radar, outriggers, downriggers, electric flush, windlass anchor, LED package, and misters. Check it out

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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
You are right about Sea Hunt resale. It will beat Sea Fox handily. Sea Fox is having a hard time shaking their old reputation. Sea Hunt is outstanding with customer service and warranty issues. It's rare to see any complaints.

How is Sea Hunt better built?
The fit and finish in the SH in my opinion is much better. Aside from build quality the other reason I would sway to the SH is resale. Especially when the OP qualifies the guy will sell it in 3-4 years. He will take a massive beating on the SF in that time frame. I personally buy slightly used and believe in saving 50% of the original sticker price. I sell my boats every 1-3 years and either break even or make a little $.
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Originally Posted by Sunny and 75 View Post
I would go with the Tidewater 280. I've looked at the sea fox the sea hunt and the Cobia and the sailfish. All of them can be had for around that price range. I personally just liked the tidewater more in person than the others. But that's not the question you asked, from the all the research I've done the new sea Fox's are quite a step up from their past
Do they all have the amazing bildge access the Cobia has?
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Originally Posted by Searosis View Post
The fit and finish in the SH in my opinion is much better. Aside from build quality the other reason I would sway to the SH is resale. Especially when the OP qualifies the guy will sell it in 3-4 years. He will take a massive beating on the SF in that time frame. I personally buy slightly used and believe in saving 50% of the original sticker price. I sell my boats every 1-3 years and either break even or make a little $.
Fit and finish is a bit vague. What on your Sea Hunt is finished better than on a comparable Sea Fox? What didn't fit on the Sea Fox you looked at, and what year Sea Fox are you comparing your Sea Hunt to?

If you are finding 1-3 year old Sea Hunts for 50% less than sticker you are dealing with idiot sellers and accomplishing things few can. I have a bud who has sold his last two Sea Hunts for more than he paid for them new.
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Do they all have the amazing bildge access the Cobia has?
My Sportsman 247 bay boat bilge was big enough that my 6'2 180lb ass could squeeze in there

It wasn't a pretty sight to see me doing it but its much better than those tiny arm hatches.
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
My Sportsman 247 bay boat bilge was big enough that my 6'2 180lb ass could squeeze in there
That's one of the ways Sportsman set about to distinguish themselves from the competition. Little things like that make a big difference.
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Not sure about all the Sea Hunt are better comments. I own a 2015 SH I bought new. The seats look like they are ten years old. Absolutely worst seat material of any boat I have owned, ever......

I clean my boat all the time so it is not a maintenance issue. Yellow spots developing, black spots, constant mold. Dealer was no help either.

First and last SH for me. I am certain my boat cannot be sold for more than I paid for it.

To the OP, might want to look at Century or Cobia, they seem to have upped their game recently based on some I have seen of late.
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Do they all have the amazing bildge access the Cobia has?
I don't think so, Cobia separate themselves from all other "mid tier boats", just my opinion, they are better finished boats, dual overhead compartments up on the hard top, has that big hatch at the transom with a lot of room to work in the bilge. Probably on same range $$$$ that the OP wants to buy.
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Price a new boat and price the same boat as a 3 year old and it should give you an idea how much of a hit you will take. Do that with the sea fox and whatever other boats the buddy is interested in. That should give them an idea which way to go.
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