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Old 01-19-2016, 02:27 PM
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I live in Eastern NC near Topsail and want to buy a boat to use in inner coastal, marsh areas, beach, lounge, and generally relax and explore. I want to spend 20K or under and would like advice on considerations. I have looked at Mako PS, Key West skiff, Sundance,Carolina Skiff DLV and JVX ( not sure about DLX). I would like to not be beat to death and soaked but understand that you can't have it all. Am I missing something, or can someone add to my considerations on new and used alternatives. Thanks for the advice!

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Old 01-19-2016, 02:34 PM
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A mod-v or bay boat would be my choice. Skiffs are nice but will give you a beating on a choppy day.
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:39 PM
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IMO don't buy a skiff, the sounds get pretty rough and you will get beaten up in a small skiff. Get a bay boat or flats boat if you really want to stay inshore. The topsail area is very shallow so draft should be one of your main considerations
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There is a nice looking 21' Nauticstar on Wilmington's Craig's List. Boat is located in Hampstead. I would stay away from skiffs if you are wanting a smooth dry ride.
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:58 PM
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Default Skiffs aren't that bad.

I have a skiff and it's great for what it is. I just slow down or ride closer to sure when it's choppy. I do like the light weight, the room and the ability to go real shallow on the trolling motor.

If I did it again. I would hold out for a bay boat. Best of both worlds. When I did it I had a hard time finding anything decent used, so I bought a new skiff My previous boat drafted about 2.5 ft which limited my options. Now I go anywhere. There are deals out there but you have to be ready cash in hand. Good Luck
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:09 PM
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jones brothers 20ft skiff

topsail area is alot dfferent than say the morehead or cape fear river area. the water gets alot rougher in those other areas but it works just fine down there as well.

you didnt say how anal you are about cleaning and banging inside of boat. jones brothers you can beat up pretty good and not worry about damage, not like on a nice bayboat.

i live in surf city and my jones brother is awesome.

not a speed demon so if you are looking to go fast get a bayboat
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:27 PM
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Thanks for the advice and opinions. I am certainly interested in taking care of the boat without going crazy.I have had the upholstered interiors and carpeted finished boats, but at this stage I want to minimal scrub and polish, but rinse down and move on. Bay boats sound good but 8-10 years old don't interest me and price point is a consideration. I would like to hear from owners of my considered brands and see their views on brands, models, etc. What bay boats are under $20K and views of them for space and dependability are appreciated. No offshore for me, just riding and lounging at inner coastal points of interest, beaches, etc. Thanks to all.
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:38 PM
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I just sold my 2009 Carolina Skiff 198 DLX about 8 months ago for 15K Like everyone said above it will beat you if it gets choppy but for what it was, it was actually a fairly dry riding boat. I took it to topsail a few times over the past few years and even went a few miles offshore and did some trolling and bottom fishing. We would run it from oriental to shack or cape lookout every other weekend also.They are also very fuel effiecient and easy to maneuver around the dock/Trailer down the road. The NICE thing was i could back it in the yard, rinse the motor, spray the boat and trailer off and be done with it.
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21 ft sea hunt
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Maybe take a look at May-Craft. A friend of mine bought one back in 2010 and loves it. He owns a 2000CC and takes it to offshore reefs on nice days and spends plenty of time inshore in skinny water as well as just riding around with the family. They are well built boats with a simple design. Not a lot of fancy interior to worry about which is nice for getting blood on the decks and make cleaning much easier!
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Originally Posted by budbrande View Post
Maybe take a look at May-Craft. A friend of mine bought one back in 2010 and loves it. He owns a 2000CC and takes it to offshore reefs on nice days and spends plenty of time inshore in skinny water as well as just riding around with the family. They are well built boats with a simple design. Not a lot of fancy interior to worry about which is nice for getting blood on the decks and make cleaning much easier!
Second the May-craft. I owned two and they are tough, well built boats that seem to fit your requirements perfectly. Built in North Carolina to boot.....
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:45 AM
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Go to Greg's Outboards in Holly Ridge and look at the Bull's Bay boats.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:58 AM
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A Carolina Skiff DLV rides much smoother than the DLX series. They are roomy and easy to take care of. If I wanted a worry free boat, that's the one.

Watch out for 2013 model years, they had real hull problems.
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I have a 198DLV Carolina Skiff I'm asking $16500 it's a 2011 with a 115 Suzuki. I live about 30 miles from Topsail if you are interested. It's got a lot of room and low matienence just spray off and go. I spend a lot of time at Topsail in the waterway and marshes it does great.
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Any way you can send me some more details and pictures, including hours on motor, trailer details. and any other pertinent info. PM me or reach out and we can exchange info. Thanks
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If you like easy trailering, beaching your boat, hopping on and off it at the local islands, and at the end of they day just having to hose it off and be done then a skiff is about perfect. However, if you want a smooth and dry ride the skiff is not the way to go. Yes some are better than others, but something with a V (even a slight V) would be better.
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My son has a CS DLX and I haven't seen the "terrible ride" everyone talks about. He stays in the inter coastal, but has been out in a chop. I didn't think it was all that bad and it is great for getting around.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:18 AM
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In this size range, there is no such thing as a smooth dry ride if it's rough inshore or offshore.

The Carolina Skiff DLV has a small v and is more of a tri-hull design. Mine does a good job of knocking down spray and I've yet to get wet in moderately rough conditions.

Bay boats in this price range will be small and as such have little room for gear, tubes, dogs, people, etc.. They're designed for two people to fish and not much else. Skiffs have tons of room and large passenger ratings.

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We have a 2012 20 foot Renegade bay boat and a 2009 Scout 222 listed for sale that should fit your description. We are located at 6317 Market street in Wilmington if you would like to come by and check them out.
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You ought to be able to find 2006ish McKee 196 CC there in NC. They were mostly fitted with F150's. Such a solid build that a few years older hull won't be an issue. Just find one with an engine that has been run and cared for but not super high hours. Low enough gunnel and bow that getting in and out at beach etc is OK. Solidly under $20K leaves you room to update electronics. They made a DC too (I own a 2005 196 DC)

Might draft just a touch more than you want.
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