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Old 04-16-2018, 01:28 PM
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Getting close to closing in on a brand new boat deciding between sea hunt 25 vs a tidewater 252 both are priced pretty close any postitives and negatives of the 2
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:49 PM
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I am just down the road in Palm Coast and have 2017 18' tidewater baymax and I can not recommend tidewater to anyone. First they installed the wrong length shaft motor at the factory (XL vs L shaft 115 Merc), then they installed the wrong size bait tank hoses and the installer forced them on causing them to split and leak into the bilge when you went to fill the bait tanks. Everything was fixed but you should not have to deal with those glaring errors from a new boat ever......
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:18 PM
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The Sea Hunt over the Tidewater. Use the search function and you'll see the struggle some prior owners have had. While all manufacturers have theirs, Sea Hunt did a good, even great, job of stepping up to the plate when I was working with their warranty people.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:21 PM
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Go read about how tidewater does with their warranty.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:25 PM
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A buddy of mine was having this same battle but on SH 23 and TW 23. He ended up getting the SH23 and that boat is very well laid it out for it's size. You don't feel like you're in a 23 at all.

We've were out last summer 5 guys on the SH23 about 20 Miles out of Marathon dolphin fishing and the boat performs. He still able enough to fish some smaller back water since he's down in the keys as well go out run.

I def became a fan after he purchased his boat. Very well thought out boat. Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:36 PM
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I bought a 25 game fish in 2015 and have been very pleased with it . The only things I would change if I could would be a taller windshield, built in ice chest.
I got mine with 150s and they will push it close to 50
and cruse close to 2mpg. I always wondered how the 200s would compare.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:52 PM
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Thats one of the main reason i like the sh is vecuse of the full enclosed cockpit
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Old 04-16-2018, 03:39 PM
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When I saw the new windshields I immediately called to see if would fit my boat. Sea hunt said it wouldn’t work they had to redesign the cock pit on the new models to make it fit
This was my first off shore boat and I wanted to start with something in the 25’ range until I got a few hours in. So far it’s been a good choice. We go out 40 or 50 miles in the GOM with confidence. I do have all the safety gadgets x2.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:26 PM
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If you do a search of both brands on this forum, I think that the decision between these two brands would be crystal clear in no time.

My disclaimer is that I have never owned either brand. I tend not to believe everything I read on the interweb, but there have been some very clearly explained issues discussed here regarding one brand, and virtually no issues regarding the other. Though here we only get one side of the story, there has been a certain level of reasonableness about the issues....by more than one unhappy owner.
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Absolutely stay away from the Tidewater. Just sold my 250 last fall. Nothing but constant problems. Mine was even on a lift and that sure didn't matter. Didn't help that the dealer was a weak link and i found them to not tell the truth. Plus the ride is absolutely jarring unless it's real flat.
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Have you checked out www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com ?
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
Have you checked out www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com ?
that would be my first option but its about 20k out of my price range
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Originally Posted by Zach3499 View Post
that would be my first option but its about 20k out of my price range
Wow, I didn't realize there was a price gap like that. I thought SH and Sportsman were pretty much side by side with the numbers.
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
Wow, I didn't realize there was a price gap like that. I thought SH and Sportsman were pretty much side by side with the numbers.
i got a quote for a sh 25 for 103,00 the sportsman 252 is 120 ,000
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Originally Posted by Zach3499 View Post
i got a quote for a sh 25 for 103,00 the sportsman 252 is 120 ,000
If you'd like to send me the options you want, I can try and get a price out the door for you from my dealer.

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[QUOTE=Muggin Mullet;11334214]If you'd like to send me the options you want, I can try and get a price out the door for you from my dealer. .
on a sportsman ?
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Originally Posted by Zach3499 View Post
on a sportsman ?
Yup
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
Yup
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Sportsman has always been higher than SH. At the boat show the SH with twin 200's was cheaper than the Sportsman with 150's.

That's a good price on a GF 25. The new ones come standard with fly by wire 150's.

Guy at Chatlee said the GF 25 starts mid 90s now because fly wire motors are standard now.
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another vote for the seahunt. i have had mine for two years. still relatively new but i haven’t had any problems with the boat except those cheap speakers they use break too easily.
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