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Old 03-17-2019, 05:06 AM
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One thing I did not see mentioned. I have owned both. While I love a cc for fishing purposes, I prefer an express for storage. Carrying all my gear, rods and other stuff back and forth gets old really quickly. Now nearly all of my gear is on the boat and it suits my fishing needs for everything I do.

I do like the 31 Cape Horn though.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:28 AM
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Lol if you donít know about Oregon Inlet, I donít really trust you to know anything about fishing
Weíve got a bunch of inlets in Oregon, Yaquina is my favorite.
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:05 AM
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I mean it's just some of the best white marlin and yellowfin tuna fishing in the world. And that's not opinion, that's pretty well known among the sport fishing community.

Plus the home inlet for a lot of the best boat builders in the world. Guys like Paul Mann, Paul Spencer, Omie Tillett, Bayliss, Scarborough, etc etc

And it's not in Oregon lolol
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:50 AM
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Ok Iíve had two of these boats. The first had a 2nd station and it was really fantastic. Hardtop, speakers and complete control of the boat. My latest boat I deleted 2nd station & refrigerator as Iím fishing mostly long day trips and overnighters in the Gulf where I didnít see the need. The CCX hardtop is massive and there is plenty of shade. Also the electric table upfront is great for meals seating four comfortably. Fuel economy is decent with trip 350ís 1 to 1 at 3800 rpms (38 mph) and better with trip 300ís. Handling is really good and it rides incredibly soft.
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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.
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:00 PM
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Two reasons for me. First, itís intimacy with the water. Being in a cab of an Ex with a hard top is like being in a car. No thanks.

Second, 4 guys canít fish spinning gear casting at surface breaking fish from anything other than a CC. We have a pretty great system. Hook up at the bow and fight the fish to the stern. Next guy hooks up at he bow, fights to the stern. Always in the same direction (clockwise or counter) depending if the fish are port or starboard of the boat. With this method we all get plenty of shots at breaking fish and weíre never casting over each other.
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Old 03-17-2019, 12:09 PM
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Two reasons for me. First, it’s intimacy with the water. Being in a cab of an Ex with a hard top is like being in a car. No thanks.

Second, 4 guys can’t fish spinning gear casting at surface breaking fish from anything other than a CC. We have a pretty great system. Hook up at the bow and fight the fish to the stern. Next guy hooks up at he bow, fights to the stern. Always in the same direction (clockwise or counter) depending if the fish are port or starboard of the boat. With this method we all get plenty of shots at breaking fish and we’re never casting over each other.
What size boat are you on and where do you fish, where you are all casting?
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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post
Two reasons for me. First, itís intimacy with the water. Being in a cab of an Ex with a hard top is like being in a car. No thanks.

Second, 4 guys canít fish spinning gear casting at surface breaking fish from anything other than a CC. We have a pretty great system. Hook up at the bow and fight the fish to the stern. Next guy hooks up at he bow, fights to the stern. Always in the same direction (clockwise or counter) depending if the fish are port or starboard of the boat. With this method we all get plenty of shots at breaking fish and weíre never casting over each other.
none of these guys have that many friends...because they keep putting down their choice of boats...
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:03 PM
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none of these guys have that many friends...because they keep putting down their choice of boats...
For me, First part of your statement is true. I have 2 friends I can count on and don't need hanger-ons. I can count on my family. Now back to boats for the 2nd part of your statement: I love both CCs, Expresses, Convertibles and even canoes. I'm not putting any style down. I've owned them all. My original post was simply inquiring why CCs seem to be taking over the market. In fact after reading lots of great posts and remembering the ease of use of my last CC, (Hydra-Sports 33' Vector), I may end up with a simple, older, beat around cc and a larger family express. No one boat is great at everything.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
What size boat are you on and where do you fish, where you are all casting?
A humble 22í. The system works fine if itís 4 guys that donít need hand holding. Not so much if itís a couple rooks.

We fish Cape Cod- tons of surface action almost all summer long.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:09 PM
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After owning a CC for years and now the owner of a GW Freedom DC, I am definitely the oddball here on the Northern Gulf Coast. Sure is nice when the bottom falls out to put up the curtains and stay dry I must say.
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none of these guys have that many friends...because they keep putting down their choice of boats...
Thereís a guy we regularly see fishing a Jupiter 29FS and heís alone every time. He must be a real peach 😂
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:17 PM
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Let me explain. There is no time, let me sum up.
In the words of a famous singer..."You don't always get what you want. You get what you need".
A modest CC boat is what I need. Got one.
I want a cruise ship so we can have a big 'lo THT get-together, meet-n-greet, face to face, mano a mano, open food and drinks, DJ and a band, the works cruise to nowhere/somewhere/anywhere for few days a year. That oughtta stuff a few thousand of y'all aboard.
Sorry folks, ain't happening. Dream on.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:13 AM
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Let me explain. There is no time, let me sum up.
In the words of a famous singer..."You don't always get what you want. You get what you need".
A modest CC boat is what I need. Got one.
I want a cruise ship so we can have a big 'lo THT get-together, meet-n-greet, face to face, mano a mano, open food and drinks, DJ and a band, the works cruise to nowhere/somewhere/anywhere for few days a year. That oughtta stuff a few thousand of y'all aboard.
Sorry folks, ain't happening. Dream on.
Back when i used to lobby for an organization that will remain nameless, (lets just say it rhymes with Schmy Gee Eff Ay) I went fishing with a guy who was telling me about a fishing trip he took with Don Tyson. Don sent his cruise ship, (complete with helicopter pad and crane so he could sea-launch his offshore flybridge express, his flats boat, or his CC, all carried on-board) through the panama canal, and then flew the 777 to cabo so his helo could pick them up at the airport and bring them out to his flotilla. All to catch some pacific billfish.

I guess those chicken tenders really pay
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:21 PM
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Iíve fished out of one inshore and Iíve fished with a number of guides that have them and honestly I donít get it. I understand OP is talking about Three tiers higher of boat, but the center console layout in the 19-25 foot range makes zero sense. Pathfinder, Century, Grady, Sea Pro, makes no difference. I canít for the life of me make sense why Bay boats are laid out the way they are and not laid out like a Bass or Walleye boat.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post


Thereís a guy we regularly see fishing a Jupiter 29FS and heís alone every time. He must be a real peach 😂
funny you should mention that...i spend a lot of time fishing my cc by myself...i usually set up a drift and have a ball with everything from macs to sharks...when i get a runner on that circles the boat or dives under i have free reign to walk all around the boat and avoid cut-offs and tangles without having to maneuver the boat...unless of course one decides to try to spool me...unencumbered rod handling...

earlier someone mentioned t tops getting in the way of casting on a cc...i am curious about that...the express crowd loves to talk about being able to hide from the elements...dont they have tops?...and do you understand the idea behind a t top?...
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:40 PM
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Itís sort of funny this is almost turning into a similarity of snow boarder vs skier controversy. And most snow boarders are a younger crowd while us old farts still ski. I wonder how many CC owners are under 35 yrs old? That would be an interesting poll.

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Old 03-20-2019, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
Itís sort of funny this is almost turning into a similarity of snow boarder vs skier controversy. And most snow boarders are a younger crowd while us old farts still ski. I wonder how many CC owners are under 35 yrs old? That would be an interesting poll.

BTW Iím writing this from Habana Cuba, lost count of how many times visited now. I spent the day drinking daiquiris at La Floridita, smoking $6 Cohibas, and wrapped up with Lechon Asado for dinner at Cuba 57. I highly recommend it. Itís quickly changing as the internet has just become legal. Get here before itís too late.
iím 54 and still snowboard every weekend and own a CC...maybe I donít want to be an old fart....or just pretending iím not is more like it....
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:13 AM
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Hello, I think the popularity is based on the evolution of the center console style of boat, they have progressively got more comfortable, faster, mount more motors for redundancy in case one or more fail, shallow draft, you can now get them with comfy cabins under the console, dive doors, coffin boxes, sunpads, electric tables, quality weather protection etc, etc. It makes them viable alternatives to other types of boat, with the possibility of a better resale value, also you have the ability to trailer a lot of them, flush the engines after use etc. That seems to be the keys, its like a Swiss army knife of boats, many things to many people.
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Iíve fished out of one inshore and Iíve fished with a number of guides that have them and honestly I donít get it. I understand OP is talking about Three tiers higher of boat, but the center console layout in the 19-25 foot range makes zero sense. Pathfinder, Century, Grady, Sea Pro, makes no difference.
Every layout is personal and should be based on the intended use. Iíve owned CCs and Walk Arounds.

I loved the cockpit room on the walk around, but hated anytime that I needed to go forward, whether to chase a fish, anchor or to tie up. That was in a 23í boat (25+ the way they measure them now.

Iíve settled on 20í as the ideal length, and for me, a center console just makes sense. My complaint about the current crop of CCs is the layouts are designed to be average. Under 25í, they are all pretty much the same, forward seating, more cup holders than rod holders, and hey all try to cram in way to much comfort.

Every manufacturer in the under 25 class, has abandoned hardcore fishing in favor of a sand bar battle wagon with fishing as an afterthought. Bay boats and flats boats, maybe not, but theyíre all pretty average too.

What I would like is a 25í tournament CC (Contendrr 25t or Sea Vee for example), shoe horned into a 20í boat. In order to get it, I have to rebuild. It makes no sense from either a money or time perspective, but Iíll have a flush deck, coffin box and easy access to all systems.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
It’s sort of funny this is almost turning into a similarity of snow boarder vs skier controversy. And most snow boarders are a younger crowd while us old farts still ski. I wonder how many CC owners are under 35 yrs old? That would be an interesting poll.

last i saw, snowboarder numbers were decreasing in favor of skiing
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