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Realistic Boat Sizes

Old 02-27-2019, 06:00 AM
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What is your ideal boat size in REALISTIC terms?
20-23ft
24-27ft
28-32ft
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:02 AM
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I'm in a 25.5 and love it, does everything I want right now.....I would like to retire in a 40'-ish that is a nice sleeper, but I think I would always want to keep my 25 for fishing and running about.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:04 AM
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I'm kind of surprised everything 33 feet and over in a single category. For me, I think the "ideal" size is probably somewhere around 45 or so, though I have thought of buying something in the 65ish range for a few years, just to say I did.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:09 AM
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A "Realistic Boat Size" is extremely dependent on it's purpose for the user. Type of boat relative to size is important in that equation also.

And some people's bank account balances can certainly make one size more realistic than another.

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Old 02-27-2019, 06:12 AM
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Realistic to the individual. Not to the boating world overall
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I'm in the smaller end of the spectrum for 2 reasons. First, I'm mostly a lake boater. No need for a big boat, and much bigger than 23 just gets awkward around docks. Also makes for an easy to trailer package when we do head to the coast.
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Docked or on a lift I'll take a beamy 28-32.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:21 AM
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I think everyone has unique factors that effect the boat size they would like to have. Easy to say the biggest boat but realistically a certain size tends to check all the boxes
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:24 AM
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20-23 and 32+
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:29 AM
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There’s no one size fits all.
A fisherman who lives four hours from the coast will be trailering. Reasonable for him is 21-26 feet. I say that because anything bigger requires a bigger truck.

Same guy living on the coast I’d say 25-35 ft.

Depends on too many factors. How much do they boat? Family cruise or hardcore fisherman?

Im at 25 feet because I trailer a good ways.

Trailering anything less is a crapshoot. Drag your 21 foot boat from Raleigh to Morehead and there’s a chance you won’t get to fish due to wind.

Coastal NC. I say 25-37
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:42 AM
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I can't take the poll. My ideal boat is about 18 feet, at least for the type of inshore fishing I do. If I were to buy an offshore boat, I'd want it to be in the 25 foot range.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:46 AM
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Needs more poll options. Planning on going from 40’ to something between 50-60 in the next year.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:55 AM
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My boat is 34' and it is big enough to handle a good size fishing crew with gear but small enough that I can trailer, launch recover all by myself. Fuel bill does not eat me up, and it will eat up a good sea should it turn nasty while out in the wild blue yonder.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:01 AM
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28-32
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About 28 feet long and able to fit in a 20 foot Garage bay.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:17 AM
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Let me know when you get that one designed
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!8' for Flats, and creek fishing
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We just ordered a new 21.5’ boat. While I like the space/amenities on a bigger boat, it wasn’t “realistic” for us and what we do in our boat.
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Originally Posted by Dan_F View Post
We just ordered a new 21.5’ boat. While I like the space/amenities on a bigger boat, it wasn’t “realistic” for us and what we do in our boat.
With the number of boats available, with a good amount of research you can usually find the right size/amenities that fits your boating needs
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Might as well ask what shade of blue the sky is. It depends on your usage. Can't really cook a meal or overnight on a 10' dinghy although it is an ideal tender size for a cruiser.
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