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Old 04-26-2018, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by P G T Beauregard View Post
good to know you are no longer a dumbass.
Well, I may still be, but not about the same things. Live and learn.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:34 AM
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If you are looking for a one level fishing deck with a Porta-Bracket rather than a Jack Plate take a look at the Thread-Fin 24 close to the $100k price. Definitely not for everybody.

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Old 04-26-2018, 06:39 AM
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I'm not trying to discount the claim but help me understand how a 26' boat is running in 13-14" of water. The smallest props for a motor suited to run this boat (inline 4, 175-200hp) are 14'5" in diameter and many of the larger bay boats are running 16" props. Below the prop is another couple of inches of skeg.

I'm assuming the low water pick-up is just barely in the water and the part of the prop is out of the water. Even with a 4-blade prop trimmed up or running on a jack plate or the porta-bracket, I can't imagine the prop getting enough bite to push this boat very well in water less than the diameter of the prop.

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During a super low tide up in Flamingo I had to run the Gause on plane with porta bracket way up and probably 1/3 of the prop out of the water .... Wasn't by choice - was already on plane and came around a corner to see some scary low water --- there was nothing I could do ...

I was in the tower and if I pulled off the throttle we would have been stuck until the tide changed ... probably ran that way for 50 yards until it got deep enough to lower the motor ... needed a cigarette after that :-) ...

my guess there was around 1ft under the boat ...
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:48 AM
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Young Boats. Definitely top tie and mostly custom built. Look at the Young 24 gallery and you will see why I say this.
Definitely Young. I bought a Young 20 on a whim and have been very impressed. I can get it into some seriously skinny water, but it also rides surprisingly well in a chop -- much better than I expected it to. Well built boat and very versatile.
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:07 PM
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None taken. This photo shows how "non-tipsy" this 24 Action Craft is.....and we are not 3 small people...LOL


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No offense.....that is just the standard joke on THT with anything higher than a T-Top.....
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Old 04-26-2018, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
I'm not trying to discount the claim but help me understand how a 26' boat is running in 13-14" of water. The smallest props for a motor suited to run this boat (inline 4, 175-200hp) are 14'5" in diameter and many of the larger bay boats are running 16" props. Below the prop is another couple of inches of skeg.

I'm assuming the low water pick-up is just barely in the water and the part of the prop is out of the water. Even with a 4-blade prop trimmed up or running on a jack plate or the porta-bracket, I can't imagine the prop getting enough bite to push this boat very well in water less than the diameter of the prop.

Either way, my balls are not big enough to run a 26' $100k-200k boat fast enough on plane thru 13" of water. No way you're pushing that big a boat off a soft grounding when you hit it at 25+ mph.
I stayed too long in a tidal slough near an inlet and tide fell so low we could not push it over the bar even with a legit 12Ēdraft (2202 Century Bay). With about 50 ft. of 3ft water I raised jack plate halfway up and gunned it. We did not even bump the bar so iím guessing we were drawing about 8Ē when we crossed. Love a jack plate.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:30 PM
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None taken. This photo shows how "non-tipsy" this 24 Action Craft is.....and we are not 3 small people...LOL

Usually not a fan of traditional bay boats but that looks well done. Are there dealers or factory direct?
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:44 PM
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Depends on your location. If you are 50 miles from a dealer, we have you work with a dealer. Other than that, we custom build at a factory direct level. If interested in a custom quote, email us at actioncraft32@yahoo.com


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Usually not a fan of traditional bay boats but that looks well done. Are there dealers or factory direct?
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Old 04-28-2018, 12:47 PM
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Out of curiosity why does it seem nobody wade fishes in FL? In Texas if you are serious about shallow water fishing you anchor and wade? Most of the trophy TX trout are caught that way. Not being an ass just curious?
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Old 04-28-2018, 12:53 PM
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Out of curiosity why does it seem nobody wade fishes in FL? In Texas if you are serious about shallow water fishing you anchor and wade? Most of the trophy TX trout are caught that way. Not being an ass just curious?
Because in South Florida the culture is all about Boys and thier Toys. Very materialistic and the sport is trying to catch people gaping at thier rigs more than it is catching fish
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Old 04-28-2018, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 76 Mako 23 View Post
As my search begins for a new boat I thought Iíd ask THT community which bay boat manufacturers do you consider high end?

The few Iíve come up with are below.

Barker
Yellowfin
See Vee
Dorado
Avenger
Sheaffer
Andros
Gause
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Eastward Boats Inc
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Old 04-28-2018, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Out of curiosity why does it seem nobody wade fishes in FL? In Texas if you are serious about shallow water fishing you anchor and wade? Most of the trophy TX trout are caught that way. Not being an ass just curious?
I think trout live differently in different environments. N. E. Fl does not have miles of open shallow water. Here big trout seem to like clean water and deeper water when it's hot. When it's hot they can be caught shallow but near deep water. Spring the big ones are found in the creeks in cleaner water.
However there are places and times to wade... flood tides and spartina grass low tide creek holes.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
That Contender 25 Bay is a great boat for sure but are you sure your power poles are not lifting the stern a couple of inches as they can do in firm sand? Here is a link to beautiful one for sale with a good pic of it floating (and with no one on board)

Used 2017 Contender 25 Bay, Key Largo, Fl - 33037 - BoatTrader.com

Notice that the bottom of the power poles and brackets are in the water, where the waterline is, and then look at a pic of on the trailer and how far that is to the bottom of the keel at the transom. It's looks a little more than 12". I'm betting Contenders' 12" claim is without the 550lb motor, 50lb jackplate, and 60lbs of power poles and mounting brackets hanging off the transom.
lifting or not power poles are not going to make the boat float there.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Out of curiosity why does it seem nobody wade fishes in FL? In Texas if you are serious about shallow water fishing you anchor and wade? Most of the trophy TX trout are caught that way. Not being an ass just curious?

Always wondered this myself. In MS our barrier islands have clean water with grassy flats on the north side. Waders always out fish the guys who stay in the boat.
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
That Contender 25 Bay is a great boat for sure but are you sure your power poles are not lifting the stern a couple of inches as they can do in firm sand? Here is a link to beautiful one for sale with a good pic of it floating (and with no one on board)

Used 2017 Contender 25 Bay, Key Largo, Fl - 33037 - BoatTrader.com

Notice that the bottom of the power poles and brackets are in the water, where the waterline is, and then look at a pic of on the trailer and how far that is to the bottom of the keel at the transom. It's looks a little more than 12". I'm betting Contenders' 12" claim is without the 550lb motor, 50lb jackplate, and 60lbs of power poles and mounting brackets hanging off the transom.
iím betting Iíve measured mine with 45 gallons of fuel and inshore tackle onboard.
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:27 AM
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Lots of really nice options available in the 24+ size range. Definitely something for everyone!
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:20 PM
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Hell's Bay Estero. We might have hull #2 for sale.....
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:24 PM
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https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sale-wanted/919246-2017-flatsclass-hell-s-bay-estero-reduced.html
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:35 PM
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Kinda crazy to me that Florida hasn't embraced the tunnel hull like we have in Texas. All of the common Texan made tunnel hull bay boats from the last 20+ years can run in ~6" of water on plane. My best friend has a 24' Dargel Skout and we got that bitch stuck in legitimate 3" deep water on a hard sand bottom. We were running fine in the 6" area but he was showing off and drifted into the really shallow shit where the grass was poking up above the surface. We may have made it out if it had been a muddy bottom. We had to take the coolers and batteries out and push the damn thing about half a mile while racing a falling tide. We managed to get it floating again in 6" and idled out with the motor jacked all the way up. Haynie, SCB, Majek, Dargel and a bunch of others make cats that can draft ~6" and still do 70 mph if you rig them for it.
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