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Old 12-13-2018, 05:00 PM
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Can anyone explain what this statement means. I read it almost every boat add or review I read. Are there any boats that feel like the size they actually are?

does a 30’ boat that “feels” like a bigher boat actually feel like a 32’ or is it more like a 35’?

and since all the 32’s and 35’ “feel bigger” does this mean the 30’ actually must really feel like a 38’ or 40’ since that is surely what a 35’ must feel like.

or is this another one of those euphemisms like “maintained with an open checkbook” which we all know really means “I changed the oil once”.

sorry for the rant... I’m boat shopping and can’t figure out if the 30’ boat I’m looking at “that fishes like a bigger boat” is comparable to the 33’ boat I’m looking at that failed to mention this euphemism.

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Well I have an 18’ flats boat and you can walk the entire edge so it fishes much bigger than a 18’ boat with high gunnels
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If they are talking about a boat with a bracket then I can understand saying it feels like a bigger boat. Most boat manufacturers that use a bracket don’t include the bracket in the boat size. For example a 34 Regulator is 34’ to the transom but has a 30” floatation bracket as well.
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I owned a Grady 228 with a bracket and a pulpit that was 29' feet from the back of the engine to tip of the pulpit. It felt like, and was much bigger than my current 22' bay boat.

The Grady 180 is 2600#, 17'10" boat with more free board than most 23'-25' boats. It definitely "feels like" a much bigger boat.
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while I agree that everyone uses it to muck a 20' catamaran feels bigger then a 20ft mono a 25ft parker pilot house feels bigger the a 25 ft cuddy cabin and a 25ft cc with and open bow a bracket and a 8.5ft beam feels like twice the size boat of a 25ft cc with seating in the front a euro transom and a 7.5ft beam.
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My 20 ft Grady feels like a 25' footer on the water with the storage of a 20 footer.
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
My 20 ft Grady feels like a 25' footer on the water with the storage of a 20 footer.
So what does a 25’ Grady feel
like? 30’?
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Beam adds much more space to a boat than added length when the lengths or the 2 boats are somewhat close, so this saying would feel real if you’re standing on a 30’er with an 11’ beam, then go stand on a 33 with a 9’ 6” beam. 30’er is going to feel like the bigger boat, because it is by way of deck square footage, but many get hung up on a length measurement and associate that with being the bigger boat.
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I have a Sailfish 218...I say it rides better than many 23-25 footers and is a big 21, but it is still only 21'
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My definition would be more room from the leaning post or seat to the back of the boat. I've mostly been on bay boats and some were cramped and some had a lot of room back there. even if the they are the same length the one with more space in that area fishes like a bigger boat to me.
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My bay boat but it seems to me to ride and drive closer to a 20' boat than the 22' it is.

I once had a 170 Whaler Montauk that from the way it rode, it felt like a 13e'r.

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My definition would be more room from the leaning post or seat to the back of the boat. I've mostly been on bay boats and some were cramped and some had a lot of room back there. even if the they are the same length the one with more space in that area fishes like a bigger boat to me.
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I will go against the grain and say my boat feels like a smaller boat than it really is.
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Seems like all boats for sale have been owned by a doctor or pilot.

Open check book but they cant come up with maintenance records.
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Some boats waste a lot of space. That’s real. Whether a 22 can feel like a 25, or lots of 22s feel like a 19, there’s a difference in the same size range.
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It's total personal impression bullshit
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Manufacture A sales a “25ft” boat that really measures at 22ft
Manufacture B sales a “22ft” boat that really measures at 21.5ft

You sale boat A then, buy boat B, then tell everybody “my new boat fishes like a much bigger boat!”
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Originally Posted by cummins28 View Post


So what does a 25’ Grady feel
like? 30’?
My 265 feels like a 27ft boat with some child bearing hips
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Originally Posted by outobie View Post
Can anyone explain what this statement means. I read it almost every boat add or review I read. Are there any boats that feel like the size they actually are?

does a 30’ boat that “feels” like a bigher boat actually feel like a 32’ or is it more like a 35’?

and since all the 32’s and 35’ “feel bigger” does this mean the 30’ actually must really feel like a 38’ or 40’ since that is surely what a 35’ must feel like.

or is this another one of those euphemisms like “maintained with an open checkbook” which we all know really means “I changed the oil once”.

sorry for the rant... I’m boat shopping and can’t figure out if the 30’ boat I’m looking at “that fishes like a bigger boat” is comparable to the 33’ boat I’m looking at that failed to mention this euphemism.

happy holidays 🤪
College Professor at start of a term said, "if you take nothing else from this class, take this, don't believe everything you read." I think nowadays we're all very aware of Fake News and false & misleading advertising. That said, I believe my house cat thinks she's a huge Tiger at times and there are definitely some smaller boats that ride better then some larger ones so any purchase contract should be subject to sea trial which should be on a "lively" day.
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I look at it this way. I’ve owned some boats that were very light and fast, but they “floated” on the surface and felt mush like a cork. I currently own s 24’ Albemarle, it is very heavy for its size and just feels like it is sitting deep in the water. It doesn’t bob around on the surface, it feels more like a big boat that had some heft to it. It has nothing to do with a 24 feeling like a 28 or any of that nonsense, it simple feels solid and heavy in the water.
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My old Sailfish 218 fished and rode like a bigger boat than a 21’. But it was 21’ 6” LOA I think. Many builders make a “21ft” boat and it’s LOA is 20’ 7”. Thus, creating a gap in boats of the same class. One feels bigger because it is. Bracket boats same thing etc...

Beam is also huge, my SeaVee 29 rides like a 29. It’s a narrow beam boat and doesn’t feel any bigger or smaller than it is. But it has the storage of much larger boat, I have so much random stuff on my SeaVee now because everything fits with space left over. The whole deck is hatches, a 29’ boat with fancy seating and live wells wouldn’t store near as much or bottom fish as many guys.

I have OX66s so I can also say “burns fuel like a much bigger boat” too!

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