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Old 03-14-2019, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Muggin Mullet View Post
I remember when they said Bay Boats wouldn't leave the south. Im hearing about more and more showing up in NY/NJ/CT.

There is an ass for every seat. Thats how I look at things in life. And I believe CCs being easy to travel with on roads play a big part too.
impossible...weve been told you cant be out in the sun...
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Old 03-15-2019, 03:37 AM
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I never bought a boat because it handled well on the road.
Is that a fla. thing?
Yup, cuz the developers and half-backs took all the good ocean front property.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:57 AM
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Originally Posted by peninsula_jumper View Post
Hose off the blood, beer, and puke and go home. No vacuum required.

CC's are the pickups of the boat world.

You can take almost anyone on one and not worry about them spilling a red boat drink in the salon. You can dial down the redneck filter on a guest list with a CC.

We boat\fish with a couple other families, both have 35 Vikings - awesome boats.... but I'm gassed, washed and covered before they've even pumped their holding tanks out.

There it is right there.
Beautiful!

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Old 03-15-2019, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by diver dave View Post
Being in the marlin tower forced me to use foul weather gear in thunderstorms
The thought of being in a tower during a thunderstorm gives me the eebie-jeebies.
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:50 AM
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In Florida you wont catch me in a cabin without the A/C blasting
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:01 AM
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A lot of great insight and comments. After owning CCs and Expresses, and reading the remarks here, I think the #1 reason to own a CC is simplicity. Simplicity: meaning no systems to maintain. But once you start getting into bigger CC with small cabins, that's a whole other story. When you get a bunk & shower under the console, well then you've got a/c, generator, diesel tank, holding tanks, sump pumps, house batteries, etc you might as well have an express. However, a simple CC is a beautiful thing. Hose 'er down and you're done. That is a major plus. For simplicity sake I wouldn't buy anything with more than 2 outboards.
After I've done some shopping, lets narrow it down to top end, late model boats, from 2016-2019 and from 33'-43'. Cost: A similar size express will generally be 2x the cost of a CC. A 42' yellowfin = $600,000 A 42' Viking = $1,200,000. Huge factor there! Fishibility: The vast majority of new CCs have so much seating up front, like wrap around bow seating, massive lounge seat in front of console, or a massive coffin box, maybe with two rows of seats behind the console, then tackle center, grill & refrigeration behind that, that there is barely any room to fish at all. The only model I see that differs is the Contender that barely has any seating, seems to still be a pure fishing machine. But only 2 people can sit down! So fishibility is questionable. Speed: Hands down a CC is much faster. But how many people really run 70 mph like their hair is on fire, with crew hanging on for dear life, to have a relaxing day fishing? Seems like a dichotomy. Or maybe we are buying race boats with rod holders. In my experience with faster boats, when it's kind of snotty out it's pretty stupid to be running that fast unless you enjoy screwing back in everything that came loose. The only time speed is a real plus is for tournaments or flat seas. CCs are cool and Thots love them: I defy anyone to bring a Thot or GF on a $1,200,000 42' Viking and hear her say she likes the CC better. Thots and GFs think CCs are cool, because younger guys think they are cool ,and they hear all the talk about how cool they are. They are clueless. I do think CC's are cool and beautiful. So are Viking and Cabo/Hatteras Expresses cool. Boats are cool. LOL

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:21 AM
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Using the term Thot is pretty misogynistic (it stands for "that hoe over there") Other than that, most women I know are happy to be on any boat.

Only thing I'd add is trailerability and flexibility. Some folks I know trailered from SE NC to Oregon Inlet one night, caught and released two bluefins by lunch the next day, home by 7:30 that night. Can't do that in an express or convertible. And a trailer let's you keep the boat at home if you aren't on the water or have a marina nearby or want to pay for a marina/storage.

Of course the fishing would've been more comfortable in an express than a CC lol

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Old 03-15-2019, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by bladenbullet View Post
impossible...weve been told you cant be out in the sun...
The sun is one of the best parts. Ask my permanent raccoon eyes

I can see someone from THT with a rod sticking out of a port hole
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Using the term Thot is pretty misogynistic (it stands for "that hoe over there")
Ohhhh, sorry I offended you! I asked before the meaning in this thread because I couldn't find meaning in the letters, and nobody knew or responded. So now I know and won't be misogynistic. I love women! Mine keeps me straight.
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:29 PM
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I know what misogynistic means. Would you prefer chauvinistic?

Using a term when one doesn't know what it means is something one can do, I guess. Now you know, and you can use it if you want with full knowledge of the meaning.

Anyway, back to the boats. There's such a huge difference in all styles depending on size. With smaller (<25 ft) walk around or express is such a tiny usable space and hardly any cabin space either. CCs definitely are the way to go in that size range.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:43 PM
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considering your obvious bias...and the fact that you revealed more about yourself than anyone who buys a cc...not too bad...
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:16 PM
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I have a Fountain 33SFC that I adore. Refurbished her from the ground up a few years back and has been an absolute dream. It has everything I want in a boat. I use it to fish with its impressive cockpit, it has seating for 6-8 at the helm and can sleep 3-4 people in AC. Of course, maintaining all the systems is a job by itself but I do my best to stay ahead of any major problems (so far.) I am also blessed with a good team that does a lot of the heavy lifting so I can enjoy the boat without worrying as much about the maintenance aspect, so take it with a grain of salt.

I have owned CCs all around the 20' range and was coming from a Pursuit 2870WA before the Fountain.

This year at the MIBS I thought about going to a slightly bigger CC for a lot of the reasons mentioned above. After 2 days of looking around I realized that while I would gain a lot of bow space and a bit of efficiency, I would sacrifice a lot of cabin space (looking at CCs with small cabins) AND would actually lose a lot of fishing space unless I jumped all the way to 38'+.

In a moment of absolute irony, it was my GF who pointed out that the way I use my boat is about 80% behind the helm, no matter if I am fishing or boozing around. The other 20% split between the cabin and the bow area.

I decided on keeping the Fountain (and my money) because it really is nice to catch a small snooze in AC on day 3 of a fishing tournament, lay out in shaded seating while trolling, have more dry storage than I need, stand up while I have a hot shower, have an enclosed area for critical components (Amp, radio head, etc.) and of course I do not complain about having the option of eating a hot lunch if I so desire. The bow area is a pain to get to while underway, but for my kind of fishing (trolling or 1000' deep drop) then the Express style fits me just fine. I can fish with a crew of 3 or a crew of 6 and everyone has their space to do their thing. Girls can still lay out up front to tan at the beach and I can seat 6 people up top while going 35 knots in 4' swells coming back from a day of offshore fishing while blasting Highway to Hell.

Having said that, I found a too-good-to-pass-up deal on a 2001 Contender 31' Open that is pretty much the exact opposite of that boat. I feel like by the time she hits the water I will only use her for perfect fishing days where I can get to my spot running 60 mph with a small crew, or going to the beach with a few people and I just want a hassle free experience.

At the end of the day it just boils down to what you want in a boat. I am relatively young but still enjoy my comfort. I wouldn't get a bigger inboard Express because I have fished on those and it does take a bit of fun out of fishing when you have the comfort creatures of a downtown 3 bedroom apartment, it is 100 degrees outside and the damn fish seemed to have had Thanksgiving dinner the night before. I found the Express style does a little bit of everything and for my purposes actually allows me to fish better. I am not pretending to be a hardcore fisherman, but I guess those guys will buy CCs all day.

If I was forced to choose one boat then I would keep my Fountain every time. It truly is a Jack of All Trades, which works for me.

I can't promise you will find a good SFC (the new 38's are NOT the same as the old hulls, a lot of wasted space IMO) but personally I would be looking at the Express Gradys or Pursuits in the 33'-38' range as they have stood the test of time.

Scout is doing some nice things with CCs and cabins, they would be my next choice, but my budget would not allow me past the 350LXF where it really is the 380 or 420 that would be worth the upgrade. The new 43 Jupiter is also a very intriguing option in 10 years when I can afford it.

OP if your needs are similar to mine then a smaller Express is my recommendation. If you have more specific needs then find the Master of them and be happy with your choice.

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Old 03-15-2019, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Anyway, back to the boats. There's such a huge difference in all styles depending on size. With smaller (<25 ft) walk around or express is such a tiny usable space and hardly any cabin space either. CCs definitely are the way to go in that size range.
I would think it would be the exact opposite. A 25 ft CC would have absolutely ZERO cockpit space compared to an equally sizeded Walkaround.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Using the term Thot is pretty misogynistic (it stands for "that hoe over there") Other than that, most women I know are happy to be on any boat.

Only thing I'd add is trailerability and flexibility. Some folks I know trailered from SE NC to Oregon Inlet one night, caught and released two bluefins by lunch the next day, home by 7:30 that night. Can't do that in an express or convertible. And a trailer let's you keep the boat at home if you aren't on the water or have a marina nearby or want to pay for a marina/storage.

Of course the fishing would've been more comfortable in an express than a CC lol
NC to OR over night? Gumball Rally towing a boat?

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Old 03-16-2019, 10:22 PM
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Lol if you don’t know about Oregon Inlet, I don’t really trust you to know anything about fishing
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:19 AM
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All the cool kids have CC's.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:24 AM
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Lol if you donít know about Oregon Inlet, I donít really trust you to know anything about fishing
I have fished probably in more countries than you might think. 4 continents. So I know a little.

Well not about fishing in Oregon though I have fished in Yakitat AK. I've trout fished in NC but never off the NC Coast. Did a few years at Ft. Bragg but I was more interested in the view from 28000 feet at night, just me and the sound of the wind than fishing. I suppose from your pompous asinine reply the inlet named Oregon perhaps is not anywhere near that bunch of po and heads. Such a mistake said I. I've never been there but then I've never been to Maine, Antartica or India either. Been pretty much everywhere else on the planet and caught fish in most. But does that matter? I've never been to Oregon Inlet apparently is the only place on the planet one might catch or learn to catch a fish. I promise this is not true.

But I will google it up and perhaps test those waters. Venis LA is next on my bucket list. I haven't been there either but if I go I bet I catch plenty fish.

You didnt have to be an ass but you choose so and could very easily have just answered the God damned question. You are free to be a much smaller man than you think. Good bye. I have to wipe my butt and you from my life now.
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Lol if you donít know about Oregon Inlet, I donít really trust you to know anything about fishing
That's just below Washington state. Trophy Halibut out there.
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Originally Posted by Jumpsummo View Post
Curious so I looked it up.

Finnish made so add how much to get it here to USA?

"The boat cut through seas well, thanks to a knife-sharp bow; but a tissue-paper-light displacement of 8,300 pounds meant that, at times, the boat was launched airborne. I was thankful Iíve never had a cavity; the hull handled the slamming more than a filling ever could."

She pounds a lot. Don't get me wrong, most CC's pound fillings like a boxing match.. It's a very nice looking boat for that price. At least the wife is dry. 8000 pounds seems way light for a boat that size with those engines to be able to survive that pounding long would amaze me.
I looked it up, too. I immediately thought that if I ever saw that boat on the water, I would immediately think it was full of Lesbanians.
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Originally Posted by Jumpsummo View Post
So I know a little.

Well not about fishing in Oregon though I have fished in Yakitat AK.
You didnt have to be an ass but you choose so and could very easily have just answered the God damned question. You are free to be a much smaller man than you think. Good bye. I have to wipe my butt and you from my life now.
You continue to show your ignorance of the location of the Oregon Inlet, jump all over the guy's ass like a woman on her period, and you call HIM the ass?
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