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Old 02-14-2018, 05:21 PM
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Default Fisharounds- Why don't more boat builders make them?

Why don't the manufacturers like cobia, sea hunt, sailfish etc make a fisharound style or a center console with a berth in the 25-30' range?

I see now that north coast makes a 24cc model with a berth. My perfect next boat would be something in the 28' range with a berth or a fisharound style.

Isn't there enough of a market for that style boat or am I the only one?

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Originally Posted by surfNcast View Post
Why don't the manufacturers like cobia, sea hunt, sailfish etc make a fisharound style or a center console with a berth in the 25-30' range?

I see now that north coast makes a 24cc model with a berth. My perfect next boat would be something in the 28' range with a berth or a fisharound style.

Isn't there enough of a market for that style boat or am I the only one?
fish around is the perfect style boat for me also. not much to choose from
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me too
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Theyre busy selling 1/2 boats!!
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People don’t buy them. Walk arounds and true fisharounds got dropped by a ton of builders because the numbers just weren’t there.

I think one issue is they seem like a better compromise than they are, so lots of people own one once and then go a different direction.
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Can you guys name some of the true fish around hulls? I know Dusky still makes them and I believe Key Largo made a 22ft in the early 2000's. what are some others?
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
Can you guys name some of the true fish around hulls? I know Dusky still makes them and I believe Key Largo made a 22ft in the early 2000's. what are some others?
Contender is the first one to come to mind for most people. Not many around and even less in decent shape.

Blackfin used to make a 27'ish fisharound style that I hear is a great boat but extremely rare.
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Little bigger, but this will work:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2016...s#.WoTkBYFOmhA
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Originally Posted by Texas 17 View Post
People don’t buy them. Walk arounds and true fisharounds got dropped by a ton of builders because the numbers just weren’t there.

I think one issue is they seem like a better compromise than they are, so lots of people own one once and then go a different direction.
^^^This^^^^

Too hot to get in most of the time and collects junk.
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Originally Posted by surfNcast View Post
Contender is the first one to come to mind for most people. Not many around and even less in decent shape.

Blackfin used to make a 27'ish fisharound style that I hear is a great boat but extremely rare.

find a Salt Saltshaker they made the fisharound.

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We bought our old Proline 2950 because is has overnight capability with a high walk-around. You can fish the whole boat, but live on it for a day or two (or more when the wife is pissed.). Most WA boats have such a narrow and shallow rail/walk area that you can't comfortably get to the bow to fish or hang out. For us, a center console is indeed half a boat.
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Sleeping in that tiny little birth is either too hot, too cold or too cramped. The thought of it is nice but in reality its uncomfortable. The wife might buy into it as something fun but after the first weekend on it she'll be thinking how comfortable a hotel room would be. That 38 winter is about as small a sleep aboard as you'd want. That looks like a really nice boat. As for anything smaller, ill just say this, a 60' sportfish seems small after a few days so imagine how a 28' would feel after one night.
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My favorite style of boat too. I think the Targa 27 with fly bridge and twin outboards is just about perfect. Visited with them multiple times, but couldn't justify the cost right now. Sargo makes a nice one too. Not much domestic though, and really not much used. Folks that buy them must keep them. I can't justify the new prices, so just gotta wait on the unicorn I guess. I think the builders margin on the center consoles is larger, and as long as folks continue to buy them, why build anything else.
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Originally Posted by Slobberknocker View Post
My favorite style of boat too. I think the Targa 27 with fly bridge and twin outboards is just about perfect. Visited with them multiple times, but couldn't justify the cost right now. Sargo makes a nice one too. Not much domestic though, and really not much used. Folks that buy them must keep them. I can't justify the new prices, so just gotta wait on the unicorn I guess. I think the builders margin on the center consoles is larger, and as long as folks continue to buy them, why build anything else.
but what do I know?.......
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
Can you guys name some of the true fish around hulls? I know Dusky still makes them and I believe Key Largo made a 22ft in the early 2000's. what are some others?
Take a look at L&H 33...now that's a fish-around.
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These are all older boats, but i was looking for a decent Walkaround to be able to satisfy the wife on weekend trips and me for offshore fishing & over nights. I started looking for anything after 2002 because all the majors had changed their fiberglass techniques. We looked at Pursuit, Grady White, Wellcraft, AquaSports, Shamrock, Century, and HydraSports because i wanted outboards. We finally found a great 28 foot HydaSports but we almost bought a 29 foot Grady White Marlin. The Grady was too much boat for us. Yes the older boat needs some TLC, but i wouldn't trade it for the world. I believe you can still find Grady White Marlins and Century which still build walkarounds but i believe they call them express cruisers now. Check them out. I have a generator, air conditioner and a water heater on mine. it sleeps 3 east 4 in a pinch.
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Proline Had/has walk around. Even though we stay in a hotel most nights there is the option of a night anchored somewhere. I like that I don't have to unload the boat. Just store things in the cabin. I don't care for CC. We get caught in a little thunderstorm it's no big deal with a hardtop.

Yes it does collect junk, especially if she's stashing stuff there. found three big storage containers of clean towels last time I emptied the cuddy. No wonder we had to buy new towels for the house.;?
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I have a 30 foot Rampage. Was a Shamrock until Rampage bought it out. No longer made but it is a true walkaround that is perfect with kids and fishing offshore. Twin diesels. Seems like a perfect boat for fishing out of the Oregon Inlet.
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My favorite: http://www.trueworldmarine.com/
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Originally Posted by hjorgan View Post
We bought our old Proline 2950 because is has overnight capability with a high walk-around. You can fish the whole boat, but live on it for a day or two (or more when the wife is pissed.). Most WA boats have such a narrow and shallow rail/walk area that you can't comfortably get to the bow to fish or hang out. For us, a center console is indeed half a boat.
I have a 2950 as well and I agree with all the above statments.

A CC is not all cracked up to be what it is as well. Get caught in a rain storm and winter fishing. WA are very popular in my neck of the woods. I am at looking at down sizing to a CC though because no one wants to fish with me and it's hard to handle solo.

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