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Old 06-12-2019, 12:21 PM
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As the title says, Iím relocating from TN to Charleston and will be purchasing a boat once I arrive. Iím looking to stay in the 25í range with a budget of 80-90k. The boat will be used for fishing mainly. Looking to do some near shore and offshore trips and hoping you all can chime in with suggestions. Thanks!
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Seavee, whitewater, contender
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Seavee, whitewater, contender
Love all 3 of those but I believe they are way out of my budget
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Very solid budget for the used market, should be no problem finding exactly what you want. As an example (i know nothing about this boat) here is a 2006 23T with twin 2014 Yamaha 200s right in your budget.

https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...23t-103595174/
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Buy a used 3pc quality boat with a dry ride. Around here with the prevailing SE direction and SW wind, those light, shallow deadrise, 2pc mass produced boats will beat you to death and soak you in the process. Lots of Contenders around among others. Iíd look for a Regulator or Southport 26. Not the fastest but dry and wonít beat you up.
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saltydog has got the recipe for success. If you can swing it, a Regulator/Southport is the ticket in that size range for offshore fishing around here. Both those boats are heavy and as a result only come with twins. And you want heavy around here with our typical wind pattern.

If you're going to push your boat back to the dealer for every screw that backs out and the 3 square inches of gelcoat voids you'll inevitably have, then the Sea Hunt/Sportsman of the world won't be for you.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Buy a used 3pc quality boat with a dry ride. Around here with the prevailing SE direction and SW wind, those light, shallow deadrise, 2pc mass produced boats will beat you to death and soak you in the process. Lots of Contenders around among others. I’d look for a Regulator or Southport 26. Not the fastest but dry and won’t beat you up.
well said.

As an example of something on the slightly smaller side but a great do it all boat, here's a listing I stumbled on just now on here:
24FS Regulator for sale

one more thing to remember is we have a LOT of shallow water areas here. I've been on and owned all different sized boats and most everybody I know with a boat over 30' has something small too.

If you had to have just one, keeping it under 27' or so enables you to get into a lot of smaller water areas.

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somebody just listed a 2012 25 contender inside your budget, page one of classifieds.
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Agree with the above. 23-26í regulator or equivalent and throw a trolling motor on it. Will be great for both.

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Yeah,you gotta think about how you’re gonna fish. Coming from a freshwater background, you may prefer or be more comfortable with near or inshore fishing. A bay boat may be a good choice. The above mentioned boats are leaning toward offshore to nearshore fishing.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:46 PM
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Whatever you buy, save some of your budget for a wet slip at the marina. Charlestonís landings are full.

In fact, Charleston is full I hear Savannah is nice.
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Go there and look for Joe Toland. Best experience ever when I bought my Pursuit!!
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by hi_c View Post
Whatever you buy, save some of your budget for a wet slip at the marina. Charlestonís landings are full.

In fact, Charleston is full I hear Savannah is nice.
whats the average monthly cost on a slip?
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Originally Posted by volsontop View Post


whats the average monthly cost on a slip?
500 and up depending on the Marina.
If your under 25' you might be able to find it for 400 if you search and are lucky. But those are hard to come by and usually have restrictions.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by hi_c View Post

In fact, Charleston is full I hear Savannah is nice.
But thereís always room for people from TN. They assimilate. Unless youíre from Memphis, then we really are full.

I agree with what the others have said about budget and boats. Get a nice used Regulator and be happy.
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Thereís a waitlist at all the drystack facilities youíd want to bring your wife/girlfriend and not have any complaining.

Iím drystack at DI and some will tell you itís too far from the harbor but in reality itís only about 6 miles to the foot of the Ravenel bridge. The facilities out near 526 are your best bet at keeping it around $500 (theyíve also got the most in water staging space). Be prepared to prepay for an entire year upfront.

As you get closer to the harbor the price goes way up and they also count the length differently. Some are hull length (LOA) and others are LOA plus motors.
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Check out the Sea Hunt GF 25
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This is my boat for sale. Caught many a fish inshore and the ledge on her.
2015 Sea Hunt Gamefish 27 | ImAlwaysInHotWater.com
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Take a look at the Sportsman Open. Like you I came down a few yrs back and found them, newer brand and solid boat. Nice electronics and did not break the bank. Just could not spend the extra for name with less equipment. I got the 232 open.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by volsontop View Post
As the title says, Iím relocating from TN to Charleston and will be purchasing a boat once I arrive. Iím looking to stay in the 25í range with a budget of 80-90k. The boat will be used for fishing mainly. Looking to do some near shore and offshore trips and hoping you all can chime in with suggestions. Thanks!
Cobia could be a good option for your size and budget.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:07 PM
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Very clearly you need to buy that Freeman that's for sale in Charleston!

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