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Old 03-11-2019, 08:34 AM
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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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If I got anything other than a CC my wife will want to fish with me.......only quite time I get....
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Lot's of reasons, (which I'm sure you are well aware of). But primarily it is a function of:

-Price (vs. a similar sized Express or Convertible)
-Maintenance of mechanicals (vs. same as above)
-Easy to take care of (vs. same as above)
-Speed/fuel economy (vs. same as above)
-Age (vs. old married guys like you and me. Ha!)
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My 32' express took seas over the bow worse than other CC's I've had. Being in the marlin tower forced me to use foul weather gear in thunderstorms same as CC. The real benefit of express, IMO is the use of berthing underway in calm conditions, more of a "guaranteed" dry place, and a more easily reachable head.

In rough seas you can't use the express forward areas, so, you are back to aft seating/standing anyway.
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It'e easier to put 68 rod holders on a cc
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They are not as "tippy" as other types
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Look at the 37 Axopar. Can get out of the weather in a fully climate controlled, glass enclosed cockpit, runs over 60mph with twins, and costs around $250k out the door brand new. My buddy just ordered one and its pretty sweet.
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Originally Posted by cobraarvey View Post
Lot's of reasons, (which I'm sure you are well aware of). But primarily it is a function of:
-Age (vs. old married guys like you and me. Ha!)
LOL you got that right!
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I agree with all of the above plus:
-It's easier to fish in a cc than an express especially if you're casting
-It's easy to create a dry space behind side wings if getting wet is a concern and they can be removed when it's 90 degrees and you want more breeze
-There is a lot more usable deck space
- It is bought by guys not looking to spend the weekend sleeping on a boat

This plus above posts is why I have only owned cc's for the last 40 years.
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Axopar 37 Sports Cabin
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We were originally looking at 21-23’ dual console boats but ended up buying a CC instead after looking at several. My wife hates being inside a cabin and we are pretty much fair-weather boaters as a family anyway.

If I am out on the boat fishing/crabbing there isn’t going to be time to hang out in the cabin, so it doesn’t seem worthwhile.

With th the size of boat you are talking about I tend to agree, it seems odd to have a boat that big with no way to stay warm/dry while underway.
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I personally dont like them for familys if you arent a hardcore fisherman. My hours on the water are far longer due to AC and enclosed helm. You are going to miss that 475. That would be an ideal boat for me in the future when my son is old enough to run around the boat and help with lines.
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I personally dont like them for familys if you arent a hardcore fisherman. My hours on the water are far longer due to AC and enclosed helm. You are going to miss that 475. That would be an ideal boat for me in the future when my son is old enough to run around the boat and help with lines.
The 475 was a gorgeous boat and I sold it after two years for almost what I paid for it. It was a major fuel hog, I was getting .6 mpg at 30 kts best cruise, which really effected range. If I tried to get from Miami to Nassau I'd be sucking fumes, always had stop at Chub. It handled like a sports car and I could easily dock alone, and none of that wimpy joystick stuff either. lol.
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Try picking up thots at the sand bar with an express boat. (Don't forget to spin up the radar)😁
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the further north your go the less popular they are but I would guess people just fishing for the day want more speed to get where there going faster and to be able to fish around the whole boat
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You can put on a overhead screen and use the front or back to hang out with friends.
You can install an enclosure and stay dry and warm when it's cold and snotty out.
Some bigger ones have births to get in to if needed
360 degrees of fishing
Easier to get to the front if needed.

My daughter hates being below deck on my buddy's EX. I think that it makes it easier for people to get sick when it's not flat out. Pitching and rolling when you have no point of reference is a sure way to get sick.
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If I got anything other than a CC my wife will want to fish with me.......only quite time I get....

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I think it has to do with simplistic design, performance and versatility. When you are a fisherman going out the 90 mile trips to the canyon you used to need all the comfort for the 3 hours plus run out, nowadays the big CC boats can get to the canyons in under 2 hours. The beach cruising and sand bar hopping crowd now have a boat that can accommodate 10-15 people for a day on the water, no need for a big cruiser with limited deck space. Yea there is a cabin to escape weather and sleeping accommodations on the cruiser but let's be real here, most are not buying boats for bad weather and a place to sleep. Most buy boats because they want to be outside, in the sun exposed to the elements. I would never go for a cabin boat for the 2 times a year the weather takes a turn for the worse. A CC is the perfect all around enjoyable boat for my family and I.
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cause they look so damn good.........
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Fishability
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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.

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