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Old 01-25-2006, 07:07 PM
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I am searching for a 2004 or 2005 Grady-White 225 Tournament. Would the Raleigh boat show be of any help? Should I go to compare? Or should I save my time and gas and stay home, search the net, and hope something good pops up?
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Old 01-25-2006, 08:27 PM
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Not very many dealers there have info on used boats. I would guess that there will be a lot of boats showing up on the boards after this first round of boat shows. If you go you might want to the dealers knoww what you are looking for in case some one is looking to upgrade. Good Luck!!
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Old 01-25-2006, 09:19 PM
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grantmey, you might enjoy going but the real benefit of a show is to see multiple brands and styles of boats to help make decisions. You seem to have your mind set(just a hunch from your previous threads) on what you want. Check the classifieds around Raleigh to look for used GW's to see if the ride might be worth it for a look at those too.
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Old 01-25-2006, 10:34 PM
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Per Crocker's website, they have an 05 in Wilm, an 04 and 06 in MHC, and an 06 at Nautica.
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Old 01-25-2006, 11:06 PM
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I am sold on the Grady. I am going to fish around for a few weeks. Hopefully the right opportunity pops up!
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:11 AM
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Grady-White is the brand of choice for several on this board. There are many fine boats. The smart man buys the one that best meets their needs. You may want to check out www.greatgrady.com. There are many folks from that board on THT as well. Good luck!
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:47 PM
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I am a pretty big fan of the Raleigh show. Its where I learned about the 70 West website where I found the exact boat I was looking for two months after the show. Morehead City is a great source for used top tier saltwater boats like Gradys and most of the Morehead dealers and brokers should be at the show. As mentioned above, Crocker Marine in Wrightsville is another great source, and they will be there.
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:35 PM
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Try www.boattraderonline.com


The 225 is a sweet boat but it seemed to be more geared for family than fishing. Just my $.02 worth.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 01-27-2006, 09:14 AM
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We're going Sunday to look at pilothouses. Parker may be the only choice, I just want to see if my suspicions are right that I might like it very much, but I want to check the actual interior spaces, see if I can fit through the bulkhead door, and start convincing the Admiral when the kids are out the door and we trade up in several years why we need one!

A PH with inboard diesel, FWC, heat/ac sure sounds good for year round use!
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:27 AM
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Was out there last night (met tarnold and offshore3144 while I was there).

Crocker/Morehead has a bunch of both Parkers and Gradys there at the show.

I don't recall seeing any other PHs there....but I didn't get a chance to really cruise the show......

ScottK, if you can get into the cabin on that Bay you will be able to get into the PH on a Parker (or any other PH, for that matter).
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Old 01-27-2006, 01:42 PM
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I just went during lunch and enjoyed it. It is definitely worth 8 bucks to look at cool boats and get a bag full of brochures, stickers, chap stick, sun screen, pens, etc...
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:08 PM
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Looks like I'll be there on Sunday morning / afternoon. If the weather isn't too bad I'll have a THT shirt and NCW hat!
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:28 PM
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I'll be there from around 10-2 on Sat.
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Old 01-27-2006, 04:34 PM
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Just got back and was a little disappointed. Lots of boats, but very few tackle and equipment vendors there. What the heck, a good thing to do on a Winter day.
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Old 01-27-2006, 09:40 PM
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robbiedon - 1/25/2006 8:27 PM Not very many dealers there have info on used boats. I would guess that there will be a lot of boats showing up on the boards after this first round of boat shows. If you go you might want to the dealers knoww what you are looking for in case some one is looking to upgrade. Good Luck!!
Just got back from the show this evening. What I did notice, is that quite a few of the dealers have some posterboard ads set up with additional prices, including some used models. Show is not near the size of the one at the fairgrounds, but still worth the trip to me. I was able to direcly compare some of the models I was interested in aaaaaand used a few tips I learned from all of you THTers!!
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:18 PM
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Thanks tarnold.
You need to receive some money for helping!
I am going with the 2004 from Morehead City.
It is the GW 225 DC with a Yamaha 225 and only 51 hours!
So that seems like a great deal, especially since it's my first boat. The 2006 are great with the Yamaha 250, but that is the only upgrade, oh and sirius radio capable. But I will be saving about 20K
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Old 01-28-2006, 08:25 AM
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grantmey - 1/28/2006 12:18 AM Thanks tarnold. You need to receive some money for helping! I am going with the 2004 from Morehead City. It is the GW 225 DC with a Yamaha 225 and only 51 hours! So that seems like a great deal, especially since it's my first boat. The 2006 are great with the Yamaha 250, but that is the only upgrade, oh and sirius radio capable. But I will be saving about 20K
Congratulations. Did you deal w/ Charles Balch at Morehead Marine? I saw him at the show Thurs night. He sold my previous Grady.
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Old 01-28-2006, 08:33 AM
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Hey Tommy, I am headed to the show this morning. I also know Charles. The amazing part is we played together as children at WB in the 60s summers at my grandparents beach cottage. It was quite a reunion a few years back. Another coincidence - Brant Block's daughter lived next door to us in our Wilmington townhome. We were chatting in the parking lt one day when she spotted by GW vanity plate. She is very nice (and quite pretty as well).

So I have 2 connections to MM although I mostly deal with Crockers. Small world. Thanks for the call.

Grant: Congrats on your new boat. Be sure and join the www.greatgrady.com board. Also consider the Cape Fear Grady club.
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Old 01-28-2006, 02:41 PM
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The boat is through Crocker's
I didn't deal with Charles directly. I read your thread and looked at their website, called them at the Raleigh boat show, gave a deposit and it will be here next week after it is detailed. I will do a sea trial and visual inspection. Then it's mine. I do need a trailer. I am searching around town and on the net. Rolls Axle? Road King?
Any suggestions?
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Old 01-29-2006, 08:30 PM
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Grant;

Congrats on your new rig.

When I purchased my Parker from Crocker's, I also purchased an aluminum Road King bunk style trailer with torsion axles, all stainless hardware, spare tire and hub, etc. I've been happy with it thus far. My boat stays in the water most of the time, so I do not trialer a lot.

You may want to check with Marine Wharehouse on Market just north of Gordon Road. What ever you decided on, make sure you are comparing apples to apples - many dealers will quote the minumum size trailer trying to win you business with a cheap price on a trailer that turns out to be marginally adequate at best.Just do your homework.
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