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Old 03-11-2019, 07:28 AM
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In the market for a 21-26 walkaround, and having some trouble finding the right one, that the wife likes and that I think will work for us. HydraSports 22vx, SeaHunt 225 Victory, Wellcraft Coastal 232, Triton 225, etc. Something with good deck seating, rear transom seating, larger cabin, 4 Stroke (or even IO since lift kept)

The used boat market right now is wild. Folks asking 75% of MSRP for 10 year old boats, and getting it.

I had considered maybe looking at new or leftovers, but don't know who sells them any more. Surprised not to see a single one at the local Boat Show. I must be in the minority when it comes to thinking they are the best all purpose boat.
In the low to mid tier market, who still makes these? Are there any dealers in the SouthEast that carry them?

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They are probably out of the market as they are uncomfortable and "too much squeezed in a small hull" boats.
You may find some used ones, a new leftover may be difficult to find.
if you are sure to want one, then go for it but i suggest to fish one a few times to realize that they are not very usefull and that the cabin of a 23dt boat is necessarely tiny and penalize the outdoor space.
You may rather look for a express style boat, a older Boston Whaler Conquest model for example, but even they dropped all models below 28ft.
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GW is still making the Seafarer 228, and Gulfstream 23, but most manufacturers including GW are really pushing the CCs and DCs instead of the WAs
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Steigercraft might be worth a look. The bracket is nice on them and gorgeous hulls
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The Hydra-Sports 22 & 23 Vx are rare finds. Sea Hunt discontinued their Victory W/A's. Wellcraft 232 is no longer available. Steiger Craft & Parker make cabin boats for the Popeye in you.

The only new W/A's still around are Grady 208 & 226. Proline also has a couple. Yep, if you go to a boat show, you will not be able to find a walkaround. Personally, I think the Walkaround is a great model.

Small walkarounds give you exactly what you want: a small cabin with a porta potty and a place to change into/out of your bathing suit. That's their mission. The cabin also keeps all your safety gear in one place and dry.
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Originally Posted by ChrigelKarrer View Post
They are probably out of the market as they are uncomfortable and "too much squeezed in a small hull" boats.
You may find some used ones, a new leftover may be difficult to find.
if you are sure to want one, then go for it but i suggest to fish one a few times to realize that they are not very usefull and that the cabin of a 23dt boat is necessarely tiny and penalize the outdoor space.
You may rather look for a express style boat, a older Boston Whaler Conquest model for example, but even they dropped all models below 28ft.
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yeah it looks like Walkarounds are falling out of favor. I've owned 6 Walkarounds in the last 20 years and am aware of their shortcomings. I've also owned a few Center Consoles in that time. From 16-25'.
A smallish Walkaround, for what sort of boating I do, is almost perfect. We spend a lot of time just running the river to go to dinner, places to stay the night, etc. Sometimes a hundred+ miles a day. Nice to be able to throw the hook when a storm comes up and not worry about it. Plus I like storage, wife likes cabin for potty, place for kids to get out of the sun and sleep. It allows us to spend more time on the water and that's what's important to me.

Maybe I should look at cruisers instead, since we probably do less than 25% fishing these days. Whatever we get will have to have a cabin. I just like walkarounds because I can remove all the deck upholstery, and throw it in the cabin when we're not using the boat. Rinse and Go!

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Had a 2470 Pursuit and always thought it was a great all around boat.
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Have you looked at the pro-line 23 xpress?? I believe that they are still making them new and have see several of them for sale a couple of years old that are in almost new shape. If I was looking for a small walk/express, I would not hesitate to get one. The used boat market is literally on FIRE right now. my best friend is looking for a small cheaper boat and when he finds one between 10-15k that's decent, they are sold within the day..
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Does Sailfish still make their 26 WA? Good hull. If you’d consider a cat WC makes a 27 EX. The cat would eat up any chop on the river and offer an excellent ride for what your looking to do. Also carries its width longer and will have more room.

if wanting something a little smaller and would consider used maybe a kencraft 22 WA. Good hulls. For what they’re selling for now you could repower one and still not be in for a ton of $.

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Dusky still makes several sizes/models
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If you are mainly using it for cruising I would give a hard look at a larger format DC with a hard top and curtains. Won't give you as much protection for riding out a storm, but will be close. Hard top will let you get most of your safety gear up and out of the way, and the head compartment is plenty spacious for changing clothes when needed.
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Will you frequently be using the actual "walk around" part of the boat? If not, a pilot house (brands like Steiger, Parker, Judge, Maycraft) might be a better suit due to better utilization of space. More room on the inside and still have OK access to the bow should someone need to go up there
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You are right about the crazy prices. I sold a flawless 2004 Hydra-Sports 33 Vector 8 years ago for $75,000. Same boats, same year are now $135,000. Where's it going to stop?
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I have a 22' wa and THE ONLY boat I would trade it for would be a pilot house.
If I was looking and could afford it I would take the pilot house in a minute.
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Originally Posted by Gangway View Post
Will you frequently be using the actual "walk around" part of the boat? If not, a pilot house (brands like Steiger, Parker, Judge, Maycraft) might be a better suit due to better utilization of space. More room on the inside and still have OK access to the bow should someone need to go up there
If we did more fishing than cruising, a PilotHouse makes sense. But I'm trying to find a happy medium for the wife. I just sold 2 of my boats, my ProLine 21 Walkaround, and Four Winns 268 Vista. Both boats had their purpose, but trying to find something between the 2. Wife and kids like cushy and having amenities of the cruiser. I liked the low upkeep of the ProLine. Trying to find a cushy walkaround perhaps isnt the best idea? Maybe I should be looking for a smallish Cruiser that can occasionally be used as a fishing boat..



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I like the looks of the Abaco, but that cabin design is odd. Cant help but hit your head on the bulkhead to vberth. I'd like a little more room here.


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I have a 22' wa and THE ONLY boat I would trade it for would be a pilot house.
If I was looking and could afford it I would take the pilot house in a minute.
What 22WA do you have and why would you trade for a PilotHouse? Most Pilothouses I have seen are pretty spartan. Some with windows that don't open up, and a tiny cabin. I gotta have the wind in my bald spot.
Maybe I just havent looked at the right ones.



Here's the order of importance.
22-26
Cabin . Bigger the better. cushy, fresh water, sink/stove, toilet (porta potty fine) and sleeping for at least 2. Aft cabin would be nice.
Lots of seating on deck. Full width transom seating a big big plus. That's where the wife likes to sit/lay.
Swim Platform.
Big fuel tank. Efficient.
Easy cleanup on deck (removable cushions, etc, and spray off when done).

Boat will be lift kept, and if over 23' and 5000lb, would need to upgrade my lift.

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your other post says you need to tow it with a RAV-4 which would likely be impossible w/ any WA.

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