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Old 01-27-2019, 10:37 AM
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Default Cushy 25-30ft cc with 24 deg deadrise

Been looking for at 25-30ft center consoles, the smaller the better, and am leaning toward a late model Regulator 23 or 25. I'm a novice fisherman who is looking to get better and more into spearfishing. We're coming down from a larger express that had all the goodies. I'm sold on the ride of the Regulator and similar styled deep v hulls, comfort is my priority not speed. Now the catch, we routinely use the boat as a day boat in South FL for local cruising and are used to the amenities of a larger boat. I was mentally prepared to deal with losing all of this until I came across a Pursuit S280 which was a very cushy boat. It has a fridge, great sun cover (at the expense of walk around fishing) and a 24 degree hull. It's at the upper end of our size range, so I started to look for similar boats and didn't find much. Must haves include a decent head, really nice to have would be a small fridge and in my dreams an electric grill. I hate to deal with ice unless I'm fishing, a chill plate would be fine for drinks but I'm not seeing that as an option on many boats. We free dive and snorkel, so access back into the boat is important.

The 2 closest boats I've found are the aforementioned Pursuit 280 and a Southport 292, both bigger than I'd prefer. The Regulators don't have the accessories, but I like the bracket for access. The more family friendly models (Everglades, Edgewater, Grady, etc) tend to have some of the options, but all have 21 degree or less hulls and I'd prefer something steeper. I'm harping on size/weight because we'd like to consider towing this boat at some point or leave it in the Bahamas to run around on. There's usually only 2 people on board, so again smaller is better. Targeting something under 5 years old but not new. My hunch is that I won't get the options I'm looking for on a boat under 30ft, but I wanted to check in and see if anyone had suggestions on a model I might be overlooking.

Thanks for the input.

PS - I reserve the right to reverse course, go hardcore THT'er on this and just get a Calcutta or Albury Brothers


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As a Regulator owner FYI if you plan on spearfishing, remember 24 degrees of deadrise will be tender at anchor or drift.
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
As a Regulator owner FYI if you plan on spearfishing, remember 24 degrees of deadrise will be tender at anchor or drift.
Agreed, was hoping the newer 25 with a bit more beam might help?
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so ,I'm thinkin you want an southport maybe not brand new but maybe an older 28 and a repower
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Originally Posted by finman View Post
so ,I'm thinkin you want an southport maybe not brand new but maybe an older 28 and a repower
Agree, I've spoken to them about a 272 FE (factory has been helpful). It looks like a good fit in many ways other than being a touch heavy, but doesn't have the options that are available on the bigger 292 like a fridge, grill, etc. Maybe I can add a fridge after market or perhaps I can't get those options until I get a bigger boat.

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How set are you on getting a CC? I think it'll be easier to find a DC with the options you are looking for.

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At the smaller end of the spectrum you will have a tender boat no matter which comforts it has attached. The closer you get to 30' and a 9.5-10' beam the more comfortable you will be. Possibly at the expense of a smooth ride in a steep chop. Consider what your trading off. Slowing down is always an option to minimize the beating. And yes, I own and fish a 25' 24 degree boat in the class you are considering. Good luck.
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Whatís your budget? You could build the thing you want for not too much, but would take more ďproject managingĒ

funny enough - Iíd think a Calcutta and an Albury would be great choices. But neither have anywhere near a 24 degree deadrise or any kind of a deep V.
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I looked hard for a boat in that size that was 3 piece, deep dead rise and family friendly and ended up with a 26 Jupiter. Very happy so far.
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I feel like youíre basing a major purchase on trivial amenities. You can add a 12 volt fridge or an electric grill to any boat. Have you grilled anything on an electric grill? It sucks. Frankly Iíd pack a sandwich for the boat and grill on my Green Egg when I got home from boating.

Regulator offers a fishbox refrigeration option on the 28 which is great. I donít know if the 25 has the option. Iím surprised how well mine works. Itís not necessary though as a 20lb bag of ice and a decent cooler easily do the same thing.

Get the best boat you can and donít sweat the small stuff. The ride of the Reg is awesome. Itís the most solid CC boat Iíve ever seen and Iím thrilled to own it. My only gripe thus far is that the tank-like construction means fewer storage boxes and lockers in the deck. Reg puts in a massive stringer system. You donít get the big in deck boxes that you can lay in up either side of the console like in other brands. But then I plow into a big wave and the boat splits it without a shudder or second thought...and I stop caring about more fish boxes.
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Originally Posted by deerfly View Post
How set are you on getting a CC? I think it'll be easier to find a DC with the options you are looking for.
I'd be open to it, but am not as familiar with what would be a good choice outside of the family friendly brands mentioned above?
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Originally Posted by griff12ga View Post
Whatís your budget? You could build the thing you want for not too much, but would take more ďproject managingĒ

funny enough - Iíd think a Calcutta and an Albury would be great choices. But neither have anywhere near a 24 degree deadrise or any kind of a deep V.
I'm flexible for the right boat but it's unlikely I'd buy anything brand new. I don't want to build one with the exception of a Calcutta and I'd still need something for the next couple of years. I might end up with an Albury 23 if we get serious about towing or the right deal came along. I love the boats and in many ways it's ideal for my needs, but I'm too old for the bucket dance and need a little more in the amenities department for local fishing/cruising. I think you can get the 27 with a head, but yikes it's pricey when you look at a used Reg/Pursuit/Southport with all the goodies.
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
I looked hard for a boat in that size that was 3 piece, deep dead rise and family friendly and ended up with a 26 Jupiter. Very happy so far.
The 26 popped up on my very short list, good looking boat and it's lighter than some of the other options. As luck would have it, the infamous Jupiter thread popped up shortly after and cooled my enthusiasm, but I'll still get on one to check it out. Have you been pleased?
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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
I feel like you’re basing a major purchase on trivial amenities. You can add a 12 volt fridge or an electric grill to any boat. Have you grilled anything on an electric grill? It sucks. Frankly I’d pack a sandwich for the boat and grill on my Green Egg when I got home from boating.

Regulator offers a fishbox refrigeration option on the 28 which is great. I don’t know if the 25 has the option. I’m surprised how well mine works. It’s not necessary though as a 20lb bag of ice and a decent cooler easily do the same thing.

I've added fridges on larger boats and it was anything but trivial. I prefer not to cut into the console or make mods. A fishbox fridge would be great, but I haven't seen it as an option on the smaller Regs. I have no problems with electric grills, we use them all the time for light grilling. Thanks for the Reg feedback, it's the most likely option given the current used market.
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Could take a look at Pursuit / Grady White / Boston Whaler dual consoles. They would have lots of space and amenities. I realize you said you are not looking at new, but Pursuit also has a new model S288 that is 28 ft will a whole lot of amenities.
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If one of your priorities is a comfortable ride, you may consider Sailfish boats made in Georgia. Their hull is a variable 22-24 degree dead rise that is known for providing a much more comfortable ride when the seas kick up. Here's and example of the 27' DC model. https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...dard%20listing Good luck on your search.
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Originally Posted by mcnance865 View Post
I realize you said you are not looking at new, but Pursuit also has a new model S288 that is 28 ft will a whole lot of amenities.
Yeah I love the look of it, looks like a great redesign. Doubt I'd grab a new one given the depreciation on the old 280's .
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Originally Posted by zenm View Post
The 26 popped up on my very short list, good looking boat and it's lighter than some of the other options. As luck would have it, the infamous Jupiter thread popped up shortly after and cooled my enthusiasm, but I'll still get on one to check it out. Have you been pleased?
Very pleased with the boat so far. Iíve only had it since October but have made a few 60 mile (one way) Gulf Stream runs in it. The ride is nice, it seems very well constructed, and the layout fishes and cruises well. Plus it just looks good IMO.
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Onslow Bay 27 is worth a look. A blend between a regulator and contender. Plenty of build thread and reviews on here.
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Originally Posted by tug51745 View Post
Onslow Bay 27 is worth a look. A blend between a regulator and contender. Plenty of build thread and reviews on here.
Familiar with it and sounds like an amazing ride, a little spartan for my tastes. Not too many on the used market, which currently looks like it will limit me to Regulator and Pursuit.


Someone suggested an Engel DC cooler to me today, that might be a solid choice in lieu of a fridge. https://www.engelcoolers.com/mt35f-u...freezer-1.html


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