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Old 03-12-2019, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
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?
The CC is the Ford Escort of the 80's and 90's, cheap and mass produced.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:49 PM
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Lovin Pizzacutter's and Petealan's boat's, and laughing at the CC guys pounding on the table telling them they are wrong. Which would you rather take on a 300 mile run in open seas with 3-5's? There's something great about not getting hit with spray every 5 seconds for 6 hours, and not getting your ass handed to you. Talk all you want about saving time and cleanup. I've spent many a year getting my ass kicked non-stop in an open boat. F that, but enjoy if that's your thing.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by WaterDamage View Post
Lovin Pizzacutter's and Petealan's boat's, and laughing at the CC guys pounding on the table telling them they are wrong. Which would you rather take on a 300 mile run in open seas with 3-5's? There's something great about not getting hit with spray every 5 seconds for 6 hours, and not getting your ass handed to you. Talk all you want about saving time and cleanup. I've spent many a year getting my ass kicked non-stop in an open boat. F that, but enjoy if that's your thing.
Nobody is telling them they are wrong? Just telling them why they chose a CC. The people saying someone is wrong (unless it is factual stuff like deck area) are the non-CC people. Different people have different priorities. For instance, 300 mile runs are not the norm for most people.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
The CC is the Ford Escort of the 80's and 90's, cheap and mass produced.
There's more than one kind of CC. It's a layout, nothing more. Whether it's cheap or mass produced depends on the builder.






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Old 03-13-2019, 06:16 AM
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My 39' CC has Isinglass installed on the front windshield and side gunnels so if it gets stormy, we'll roll out the Isinglass and stay pretty dry around the helm. I'd look into that if your son is pushing you for a CC.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:36 AM
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I prefer the clean transom of a diesel express. I run up to the bow to cast while a few other people fish off the stern.

I dont need 30k joystick controls or a bow thruster to manuever twin diesels.

I can sleep on the boat the night before, get up and go fishing. Take a nap in ac during the afternoon, hit the evening bite and head home comfortable and dry.

I can go on trips up and down the coast and overnight in marinas.

I like working on boats, it keeps me in shape and its rewarding when you diy.

Cc tend to be overpriced due to popularity, at least with the used market, vs express. You get a lot more with an express.

Id have to be in the 40'+ cc range to get close to the amenities my 32 provides and I cant afford that.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by thegeneral13 View Post
Seems like what a lot of people are touching on is boating as a lifestyle is being replaced by boating as a hobby. Priorities have shifted from creature comforts and livability to speed and ease of maintenance.
Our priorities definitely changed. We were liveaboards, plus we spent 2-3 weeks cruising every summer. Now we bought a condo on the water and use the boat primarily for fishing with some cocktail cruising mixed in. I'd be lying, though, if I said I didn't miss having a cabin every once in a while -- especially for the fishing tournaments that are a couple of hours drive from home. 99% of the time, though, the CC is just purrfect.


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Boats are fun, but are a small facet in making diamonds out of our kids.
Never hear it said that way -- very cool way to look at your parenting responsibilities.

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Originally Posted by pizzacutter View Post
1987 Harley 42' T-Diesel / Arneson Drive
looks awesome! I love the look of those "old" boats. Although it's hardly old!
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:33 AM
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The 475 holds 485 gl. I had quad 300 Verados. Loaded to the gills for Bahamas and with a completely enclosed bridge my boat was heavy. Heavy I cruised at 30kts @ 70Gph. From my dock to Nassau dock is about 195 miles, or about 6.5 hour run, although we usually stop for a swim inside by Gun Cay after crossing. 70Gph x 6.5 hours= 455 gl burned, leaving only 30gl fuel best case with great seas, and usually after Chub we have to slow it down in the rougher seas. In my world having only 30 gl sloshing around is cutting it too close.
Definitely 30 gallons of error is not enough.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:07 AM
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Ask Jimmy Buffet

Most people start out with a smaller CC (sub 20') and work up, myself included, where the CC makes sense over most other layouts, for fishing. Most people fish on buddy's CC so that is what they buy too (go with what you know, cant blame anyone for that). I was fortunate enough to fish with a friend that had a walk around and, over alot of time on the boat, I came to see the benefits of this layout (again, talking offshore fishing) in terms of the deckspace, covered helm, protection, cabin benefits etc. My guess is that most people have just only fished on CC and have not been exposed to the other benefits of WA/cabins and it is a paradigm shift ("hey where the hell is the bow room on this boat"). Think about this....in terms of offshore fishing, where do you spend the majority of time in the boat? In the back of the boat. Look at the percentage of the boat this is compared to the overall size of the boat, on a CC.
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Originally Posted by chad.sfds View Post
Ask Jimmy Buffet

Most people start out with a smaller CC (sub 20') and work up, myself included, where the CC makes sense over most other layouts, for fishing. Most people fish on buddy's CC so that is what they buy too (go with what you know, cant blame anyone for that). I was fortunate enough to fish with a friend that had a walk around and, over alot of time on the boat, I came to see the benefits of this layout (again, talking offshore fishing) in terms of the deckspace, covered helm, protection, cabin benefits etc. My guess is that most people have just only fished on CC and have not been exposed to the other benefits of WA/cabins and it is a paradigm shift ("hey where the hell is the bow room on this boat"). Think about this....in terms of offshore fishing, where do you spend the majority of time in the boat? In the back of the boat. Look at the percentage of the boat this is compared to the overall size of the boat, on a CC.
Jimmy Buffett put a an enclosed pilothouse on his Freeman. Thats not really a CC in my book.
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
Jimmy Buffett put a an enclosed pilothouse on his Freeman. Thats not really a CC in my book.
I think that's his point lol
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by chad.sfds View Post
Ask Jimmy Buffet

Most people start out with a smaller CC (sub 20') and work up, myself included, where the CC makes sense over most other layouts, for fishing. Most people fish on buddy's CC so that is what they buy too (go with what you know, cant blame anyone for that). I was fortunate enough to fish with a friend that had a walk around and, over alot of time on the boat, I came to see the benefits of this layout (again, talking offshore fishing) in terms of the deckspace, covered helm, protection, cabin benefits etc. My guess is that most people have just only fished on CC and have not been exposed to the other benefits of WA/cabins and it is a paradigm shift ("hey where the hell is the bow room on this boat"). Think about this....in terms of offshore fishing, where do you spend the majority of time in the boat? In the back of the boat. Look at the percentage of the boat this is compared to the overall size of the boat, on a CC.
guess that depends on what type of offshore fishing you do...tough having 6 people deep drop out of the cockpit of an express or cuddy and nobody is gonna be real tickled about being stuffed in the bow or along the siderails of a walkaround....

every style of boat has its usefulness...hard to believe there are so many who cant see this...many of us came from cuddy and express boats to center consoles...not because we were looking for ford escorts (probably the most ignorant comment on this thread)...because they have a usefulness to us that other boats dont fulfill...

oh...and many larger center consoles are being put into long range fishing use due to the fuel savings they offer...
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:41 PM
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Well, I would not mind the Center Consoles at all if the Express boats and Walkarounds were not being killed off like unwanted relatives.

But the way it is, with everyone buying Center Consoles, it's giving boat manufacturers good reason to make them, save money on the details that real boats would normally get, still charge a lot for them, and make a killing with half as much work or fiberglass.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:05 PM
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But the way it is, with everyone buying Center Consoles, it's giving boat manufacturers good reason to make them, save money on the details that real boats would normally get, still charge a lot for them, and make a killing with half as much work or fiberglass.
It is beyond me how a high end production boat manufacturer can charge $500,000-700,000 for a simple hull, a T top, with almost no systems. I guess just because people are paying it.

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Old 03-13-2019, 04:25 PM
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I have WAY more room in my 24 foot boat than I ever had in a CC. Yea there's room at the bow on a CC but who fishes up there if there's any current. The only good thing to me about a CC is it's easier to anchor. Then thye put the helm so far back there's no place behind it for more than 2 people to fish even then the one driving is in the way.
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I have WAY more room in my 24 foot boat than I ever had in a CC. Yea there's room at the bow on a CC but who fishes up there if there's any current. (?) The only good thing to me about a CC is it's easier to anchor. Then thye put the helm so far back there's no place behind it for more than 2 people to fish even then the one driving is in the way.
wins the internet for dumbest post of the day...so there isnt more room in your 24 foot boat...really...just the only room you want to acknowledge....funny how many of us fish the front, sides and stern of our center consoles and how many cuddy owners cant seem to wrap their heads around it...lol...
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know what else is cool?...i can take my family out and if they get tired of fishing they can lounge out in the sun without climbing on anything while i continue to fish without bumping into them....even behind the leaning post...where i have lots of room...
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i can take my family out and if they get tired of fishing they can lounge out in the sun without climbing on anything
some of us are trying to hide from the sun
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