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Old 03-23-2018, 08:48 AM
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Hello, I need some advice,

We live on the Georgia coast, and I have been looking for something 70:30 Family/social:fishing. I am not looking for a boat to take me to the canyons. I had settled on a World Cat 230 DC for my first boat. This seemed a great mix of comfortable ride, low draft, good fuel economy and family friendliness. However, while I liked the DC version, my wife wanted the SD (Sun Deck or Sport Deck) model. The SD version is more for family/social and fills up the back of the boat with L-shaped lounge and sink/console. There is not a live well on the SD version, and it is setup strictly for social. While I am not a huge fisherman now, I plan to get into some inshore fishing when I have the boat. The DC has a nice live well and open space in the back which would allow this. So we were at an impasse and the purchase stalled...

Then I ran into a guy at the docks that had just bought a GB 2640 Renegade. This seemed a perfect compromise of family/social with some "fishability". There is L-shaped lounge seating and a sink/console but also with ample room in the back and a live well. From my research, it is supposed to have a soft ride and get reasonable fuel economy. But, it is 3 feet longer and correspondingly heavier, with increased draft. Also, there are several used 2640's out there in the $40-50K range although these are around 15 years old. (Not many used WC 230's...and new is in $100K range).

I would want to trailer this boat once or twice a year to vacation destinations that could be several hours away. I currently have a Toyota Sequoia and would prefer not to have to trade.

So what say you...is the GB 2640 too much boat for first boat? (Of note, I have been on and around boats most of my life, just have never owned one.) Or should I stick with the WC 230 and choose between these two models?

Thanks!
Old 03-23-2018, 09:19 AM
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I don't think the Sequoia is going to cut it for a comfortable tow. That said a bigger boat is always nicer!
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Yea I'd say your tow vehicle alone would rule that boat out.

Very nice boat though.
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Great boat choice. I would consider changing the tow vehicle! If that is completely off the table, then so is that boat.

Do you have a lot of experience towing? Honestly even the 230DC will be approaching the comfort zone for towing unless you're a seasoned vet. It's a wide track, long sail for that style tow rig. It's a lot more than just pure scaled weight.
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no one can really tell you if it's to big of a first boat for you. it's all depends on how confident you are and you should try driving and docking one first. how ever your tow vehicle will not work for that boat or the 23 imo. you could always rent a vehicle when needed to tow it would be a lot cheaper than a new truck payment. even a full size truck (1500) is going to tow it fine but you will certainly feel it back there.
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https://www.boatingmag.com/boats/gla...everybody-wins

Would be a great first boat for your needs. Will take some time getting used to in docking situations or anything other than steady speed running in open waters, which can be mastered fairly quickly.

I know someone with a 26 cabin model. Told me that the trailer alone cost 10K. Said he tows it with an F250.
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Personally, I'd recommend that you stick with the 230, but if you have any intention of fishing, the SD is NOT what you'll want.

We purchased the 230DC in November. It has plenty of seating up front, and if you want, you may purchase a bow filler that turns the entire bow into a cushioned pad to keep Momma happy. We went with a bow table, for cocktail cruises. It stores in the console when you don't need it.
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That is a nice boat and is not difficult to operate. The tundra (v8) should pull it ok but I will tell you that boat is huge on a trailer. Not that it makes a difference but unless you have a lot of trailering experience it will be intimidating.
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No affiliation, but I just randomly ran across this right after seeing your thread. Maybe it's an option.

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/boa...512672026.html
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
Yea I'd say your tow vehicle alone would rule that boat out.

Very nice boat though.
I tow my GB 260 with a Nissan Armada, similar to the Sequoia. I think the Armada has a higher tow rating, but practically I think they have similar capabilities. I tow mine locally (within 50 miles) without a lot of issues.

If you want to go on long trips, that is a different story. You will want a 3/4 ton truck for that.

I did not let my current vehicle dictate the boat I wanted to buy, and will borrow or rent the appropriate truck for my trip to the Keys this summer.
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Originally Posted by raybark View Post
Personally, I'd recommend that you stick with the 230, but if you have any intention of fishing, the SD is NOT what you'll want.

We purchased the 230DC in November. It has plenty of seating up front, and if you want, you may purchase a bow filler that turns the entire bow into a cushioned pad to keep Momma happy. We went with a bow table, for cocktail cruises. It stores in the console when you don't need it.
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Thanks for all of the input/advice. It seems the GB 2640 would be a bit much for my V8 Sequoia and my lack of towing experience. But that is a good idea of renting a truck...hadn’t thought of that.

Otherwise it seems the 2640 would be a good boat for my purposes.

Any other advice would be appreciated.
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Interesting...I haven’t seen this Sea Cat DC before but it looks quite similar to the WC 230 DC. How do they compare? Anyone have experience on both? Are Sea Cats as well constructed as World Cat? Thanks


Originally Posted by scott_gunn View Post
No affiliation, but I just randomly ran across this right after seeing your thread. Maybe it's an option.

https://tampa.craigslist.org/hdo/boa...512672026.html
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i have 2640 and pull it everywhere with my ford expedition 5.4l V8, i do have air stabalizer bags but no problem towing, doesn't like big hills but i can parallel park it with tandem trailer, i tow it with 1/4 tank of fuel and fuel it when get to destination. can do both tanks from one pump if pull it in close to pump on port side, hose reaches across, my truck rated for 9,000 lbs boat around 8,000 plus or minus with trailer, don't be scared it pulls nice
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My buddy has a GB 2685 and tows it with his dodge 3/4 ton diesel. I hate riding in the truck w him, as it bounces his truck around and gets some sway above 60 mph. I tow it easily w my dually (no surprise). There is NO way I’d tow that with your rig. The bow and sides are tall and can really take some wind pressure.

As to the livewell, get or build a portable one for $100-$200 bucks. Pop it onto the swim deck when u want it, leave it in the garage when you don’t need it.
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Thanks for all the advice...I ended up buying a 25’ monohull last summer. In retrospect, the GB would have been too much boat to pull with my Sequoia.

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