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Old 03-11-2019, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Center consoles are most popular in the South, of course. In the northeast, while there are indeed plenty of them, our waters don't warm up at all until June and cool off starting in mid-September. A 100 mile run out to the canyons in a center console is not a joy -- and there are not a lot of days you can run out to our canyons at 40 mph +. A center console is more fishable for most species -- not necessarily for big game where you are backing down big time and those outboards are a real PIA. Also, if you're into cruising, they're not a very good choice. But most boaters in Florida are day boaters who run to the sandbar, fish, dive, or run around, and don't need sleeping accommodations or foul weather accommodations.
Totally agree, I spent my low 20's fishing the canyons up north. I spent my past 15 years fishing "the corner" , much faster in the cc. And that slow cabin boat can't out run the bahamian police when they chase after you.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:37 AM
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Like Kidzdent said above. If mine rode like a 40' whatever with no water splashing on me as I drive, my wife would want to be on it more often. A little spray if your face, little bounce here and there, never killed anyone I know. Nothing beats drinking a cold beer on one when its a beautiful day out there. My only problem is ill drink a beer on mine right up until it comes out of the water in December.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
Fishability

for smaller boats in the rivers and inshore, I agree. Pertaining to the boat size OP is talking about I disagree. Ever look at the room behind the helm in a CC vs a WA, for example? I have more workable deck room for fishing and diving in my Dusky (old 256) that most CC 30+ feet. Not comparing Dusky to any high end CC, just pointing out that I ask myself this all the time when I watch people have to turn sideways to walk behind a leaning post on a 26-28 ft offshore CC yet they have 14 feet in front of the console with no one ever on it. Not to mention the inherent benefits of a cabin on a boat that size. To each their own and that boat $$ is way out of my range, but damned if I would spend that kind of $$ on a boat I couldn't sleep on.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:31 PM
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I have a DC now, but a CC before.

Speed. Range. Looks. Fish inshore and off. Skinny water and deep. Easy to maintain. Outboard power (easy maintenance again), Cost.


Plus the ladies love the forward seating.
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Ok somebody said you can get more THOTs on a cc. Iím 61. What is a THOT? Do I need a lot of them? I had plenty of Hos a long time ago but now my wife doesnít approve of having them on our boat. She just wierd like that. What does THOT stand for? I canít put the letters together to mean anything. How many THOTs can you get on an express compared to a cc? It may matter when I go to sell the boat.
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in a world of CC i still for whatever reason want to step up to a albin 28TE or a carolina classic 28 then would have like 23 ft cc. Id rather extend my season and have the protection from the elements up here in NJ. The sea's always seem to go to crap fast and id rather slow cruise at 16knt in comfort then have the crew cramped up behind me.
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Love my 31 Jupiter center console Cuddy. I fish most of the time but have a decent sized Cuddy for overnight trips to the islands. The curtains keep the occasional spray down and you can walk around the console when fighting fish. Oh, and rod holders.
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I don't have a CC, but they certainly appear easier to dock and pilot solo than other layouts.
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well I'm sure you love Intrepid so what about a 32-40 foot CC. On the 407 Panacea you get a large head with separate shower and enough amenities to bridge the gap.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
Ok somebody said you can get more THOTs on a cc. Iím 61. What is a THOT? Do I need a lot of them? I had plenty of Hos a long time ago but now my wife doesnít approve of having them on our boat. She just wierd like that. What does THOT stand for? I canít put the letters together to mean anything. How many THOTs can you get on an express compared to a cc? It may matter when I go to sell the boat.
Pretty much a ho lol. A easy chick.
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Originally Posted by MUHSFINK07 View Post
well I'm sure you love Intrepid so what about a 32-40 foot CC. On the 407 Panacea you get a large head with separate shower and enough amenities to bridge the gap.
MUHSFIN, now that you mention it Iím really liking the Intrepid 375 Walkaround. Kind of checks all the boxes. Another option is an older beat around 33í CC of any good brand, and a diesel express like an Abermarle or similar.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
Ok somebody said you can get more THOTs on a cc. Iím 61. What is a THOT? Do I need a lot of them? I had plenty of Hos a long time ago but now my wife doesnít approve of having them on our boat. She just wierd like that. What does THOT stand for? I canít put the letters together to mean anything. How many THOTs can you get on an express compared to a cc? It may matter when I go to sell the boat.
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Iíd say the single largest factor is climate. CCís are great in tropical or subtropical climates; not so much in temperate climates.

Fishabililty? For casting they are better, for just about anything else give me a well laid out cuddy and it will have far more useable deck space for fishing.

Cruising/socialising with a dozen people - definitely the CC.
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There is no perfect boat. First consideration is the climate it will be used in. There is a reason why not many CCs are seen in the NE or NW. Second consideration is the intended use. Assuming that you are warm water & warm climate day boating the CC is the most versatile design & their numbers confirm it. If overnighting is your activity then a CC is about useless. If cruising involving multiple nights & some distance from a fuel dock is a passion then be prepared to slow down, maybe go to one engine & make it diesel.
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A few of those Axopars were brought into Bermuda in 2017 & used as press boats for Americas Cup 35. The transom of one of them near fell apart & they got it into a boatyard travel lift moments before it was about to sink.

A dealer brought one in for sale. It sat around for over a year before finally disappearing off his dock. I see that it is on the market again. My son, a marine mechanic, had a close look at one of the AC35 boats & declared it a piece of junk. Being nice. Looks nice as far as areas easily seen go. It is the hidden stuff & the way it is put together.
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Ok somebody said you can get more THOTs on a cc. Iím 61. What is a THOT? Do I need a lot of them? I had plenty of Hos a long time ago but now my wife doesnít approve of having them on our boat. She just wierd like that. What does THOT stand for? I canít put the letters together to mean anything. How many THOTs can you get on an express compared to a cc? It may matter when I go to sell the boat.
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Are these THOTS?
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MUHSFIN, now that you mention it Iím really liking the Intrepid 375 Walkaround. Kind of checks all the boxes. Another option is an older beat around 33í CC of any good brand, and a diesel express like an Abermarle or similar.
Check the new 345 Walkaround as well. With trips, that thing is gonna fly.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post

Are these THOTS?
Not on a CC they're not b/c they're not in the stabin cabin.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
I'm between boats. Wasn't going to buy for a while but now my adult son says, "I'll go partners with you." I've had 3 CCs until wife got tired of being caught in storms, and eating lunch in the blazing sun, then went to an Intrepid 475 which is an express style boat. I'm now looking for a 33'-40' due to son's wants (fuel economy, range, easy handling, etc.) As I read the Bimini and Abaco threads I can't help but notice guys mentioning getting caught in rain storms, taking spray in rough seas, family being on beanbags, etc. So I'm asking why the popularity of CCs, when most manufacturers make an express style for equal money that keeps the boaters nice and dry in bad conditions? Is it just the flavor of the moment or fishability or what? If I spent $600,000 on a cc and my wife was getting rained on she would surely shoot me.


Why not get yourselves a Intrepid 40í cuddy? Pretty versatile boat.
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