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Old 04-24-2018, 06:01 AM
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Lake and bay are building boats again down in Naples that are looking really solid but the only bay boats that could get me out of my contender are the canyon bay 24b and the billfish 24.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
My 26 Gause with 300 Yamaha cruised around 35 mph @ 4200 ..... Think low 50's WOT ....

The key to driving a Gause is knowing how to dial her in .... Bow down with tabs and didn't pound at all ... that said, its a flat boat so it won't ride like the go fast bay boats....
That performance isn't bad at all. Hope the Islamorada is treating you well
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:38 AM
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The scout being on the list is laughable. They are low tier production boats that haves had many issues.
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by linesider 159 View Post
That performance isn't bad at all. Hope the Islamorada is treating you well
The Islamorada Boca is a ton of fun - really enjoying it .... well built boat ...

I miss the Gause for light offshore stuff - but I have friends with bigger boats so not an issue ..

I want to get a SHO 250 or maybe a 300 opti on the Islamorada and make it fly .... Its a bit slow with the Verado 200 ..

42mph cruise at 4500 rpm .... Would really like a mid 50's high rpm cruise to get up to Flamingo quickly !!!!

sorry to derail a bit OP :-)
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Old 04-24-2018, 09:58 AM
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Hells Bay has a demo boat for sale: https://www.hellsbayboatworks.com/pr...-class-estero/
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Old 04-24-2018, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by 76 Mako 23 View Post


I can respect that.

Andros claims the can float in 10".... thoughts?

Not happening! Like somebody else already stated, add 4" to any manufacturer's number. I had a Young 24 (great boat BTW!) and it was a 14" - 15" draft boat. The YF 24 CE is dead nuts on at 14". I know, I measured it. The Sheaffers, Gauses and Dorados are all going to be 15". Also, Hells Bay readily admits their 24 drafts 13" - 15". The only bay boat I've seen close to 12" is Pathfinder's 2300 HPS. And their quality is nowhere near the names I just previously mentioned. I did have the chance to look at the Billfish 24 at FLIBS as well as the PB show. Came away very impressed. Also Tom Gordon at Islamorada builds a very nice 24. Although his is a two piece boat.

Don't believe me on the draft numbers? Take what ever boat you're looking at, make a mark 12" up from the keel and watch it submerge when you place the boat in the water. Hard enough to find a 20 - 21 footer that drafts 12", little alone a 24.

The exceptions to this will be the SCB's, the Shallow Sports, etc.

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Old 04-24-2018, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by JDBer94 View Post


Actually Barker Boatworks 26 offers both decks.
The Young 24 can be had both ways as well.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by FusionZ06 View Post
You won't get a "high-end" bay boat for $100K. You really have to be around $130k starting and expect to pay $200k+ for the best of the best.
I think it's so awesome that some guy will drop 200 large to buy a boat that can fish in areas accessible to kayaks... MERICA..
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:29 PM
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Made it by Sheaffer today. Ben and team were great and prices weren’t bad either ( less than you’d think). 10 month wait.
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:44 PM
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Dave Gause and our crew were tinkering with Whalers and 222 Aquasports in the 80s. Went from a hobby to nice career. They are good fisherman too.. or at least used to be...��. Their boat has a lot of thought and experience in it... no doubt.
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by 76 Mako 23 View Post
Made it by Sheaffer today. Ben and team were great and prices weren’t bad either ( less than you’d think). 10 month wait.
Did he have any trade in's sitting for sale?
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Old 04-24-2018, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BCPD199 View Post
Not happening! Like somebody else already stated, add 4" to any manufacturer's number. I had a Young 24 (great boat BTW!) and it was a 14" - 15" draft boat. The YF 24 CE is dead nuts on at 14". I know, I measured it. The Sheaffers, Gauses and Dorados are all going to be 15". Also, Hells Bay readily admits their 24 drafts 13" - 15". The only bay boat I've seen close to 12" is Pathfinder's 2300 HPS. And their quality is nowhere near the names I just previously mentioned. I did have the chance to look at the Billfish 24 at FLIBS as well as the PB show. Came away very impressed. Also Tom Gordon at Islamorada builds a very nice 24. Although his is a two piece boat.

Don't believe me on the draft numbers? Take what ever boat you're looking at, make a mark 12" up from the keel and watch it submerge when you place the boat in the water. Hard enough to find a 20 - 21 footer that drafts 12", little alone a 24.

The exceptions to this will be the SCB's, the Shallow Sports, etc.
Had my Andros Tarpon 26 with a full tank of gas and two guys in it moving through shallow water with the trolling motor no problem. Jumped out and measured just under 11" inches of water with the fish ruler.

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Old 04-24-2018, 01:29 PM
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Barker 26 Open or Bay there is no substitute for perfection.








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Old 04-24-2018, 01:46 PM
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Happy to help you If you narrow down to something I have owned hit me up as I am always happy to share my experience. You don't always find the truth on the hull truth. Good Luck your list contains some really awesome boats.
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:06 PM
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Your welcome to come check out our yellowfin 26. It will be in the water this weekend will be free Sunday morning for a sea trial.
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by BCPD199 View Post
Not happening! Like somebody else already stated, add 4" to any manufacturer's number. I had a Young 24 (great boat BTW!) and it was a 14" - 15" draft boat. The YF 24 CE is dead nuts on at 14". I know, I measured it. The Sheaffers, Gauses and Dorados are all going to be 15". Also, Hells Bay readily admits their 24 drafts 13" - 15". The only bay boat I've seen close to 12" is Pathfinder's 2300 HPS. And their quality is nowhere near the names I just previously mentioned. I did have the chance to look at the Billfish 24 at FLIBS as well as the PB show. Came away very impressed. Also Tom Gordon at Islamorada builds a very nice 24. Although his is a two piece boat.

Don't believe me on the draft numbers? Take what ever boat you're looking at, make a mark 12" up from the keel and watch it submerge when you place the boat in the water. Hard enough to find a 20 - 21 footer that drafts 12", little alone a 24.

The exceptions to this will be the SCB's, the Shallow Sports, etc.
I agree.

Somewhere along the line I lost touch with what is labeled a "bay boat". You now have manufacturers labeling 26'+ boats as bay boats, yet they draft almost the same as a similar sized offshore center console. I thought the whole point of a bay boat was to inshore fish. I'm guessing everyone has different needs and each boat is a compromise. When the focus of the boat becomes more about fishing offshore/near shore and less about inshore/bay fishing, is the boat still a "bay" boat or some kind of hybrid? There's just no way I can see some of these big "bay" boats being able to run in or fish in 2' or less of water.
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Old 04-24-2018, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by scott_gunn View Post
Hells Bay has a demo boat for sale: https://www.hellsbayboatworks.com/pr...-class-estero/
Yes they do. We checked it out yesterday and setup a tentative sea trial for this weekend.
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by JDBer94 View Post


Upper middle.
Crevalle?
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:43 PM
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As Troy mentioned earlier, really hard to beat the 24’ Avenger.
simple, clean and efficient.
others are nice too, but I prefer the Avenger after just north of 5k hrs and running them since 2001/ 2002
in fact my first one was just up for sale on this forum after a light refit. It was a good deal, I hope someone is enjoying it today.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:24 PM
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Any info on the Shaeffer 28 they are building?
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