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Old 05-16-2018, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Pretty sure I saw a 24 sea ox 60 nm off the beach this past weekend fishing in the stream.... on the short list for my next boat.
Make sure he made it back first.!
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:28 AM
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After going through the same analysis I went with key West 4 years ago. Very happy with it. Key differentiators for me:

1 foam filled hull provides positive upright level flotation in case of hull breach or similar disaster. In other words, the hull won't sink or flip and turtle like pretty much all other brands will.
2. 30% more interior space than sea hunt or sportsman - I measured all 3 carefully. You can have a square dance behind the leaning post.
3. The key West forum. Very active, very helpful, and one of the most active posters is Tom Marlowe, the kw plant manager. He answers and addresses all questions, threads, etc. I find the forum extremely useful and follow it regularly.

If you happen to go with key West, buy from American Marine in New Bern, not Collins.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:11 AM
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I've had both, KW and SH recently. Both were, and have been, great. I did a small issue with my KW and Tom Marlowe handled it expertly and at zero cost to me. He was great to work with. I've not had any issues with my present SH product but have dealt with my local Wilmington dealer (for maintenance) and have had good support. I would not hesitate to buy either brand again based upon my past experiences. I'm not familiar with the other brand mentioned.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:37 AM
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I have heard some great things about bluewater boats. They have a 2150 and a 2350 which are said by many to be the leader of the small boat fleet if you can afford their price tag... 23' contender isn't a bad option either. I'd look away from sea hunt, key west, etc as they aren't designed to be extreme fishing boats and don't have much fuel capacity.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by HulaGirlNC View Post
Every person commenting on this thread will give you a build of their preference, tell us your budget and what you would desire on it.
Under 50,000 and ability to go 15-20 miles off-shore.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:20 PM
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If primary use will be on the coast, I wouldn't hesitate to be at the extreme upper limit of your 4 runners tow capacity, if it got you into a bigger boat. Just bite the bullet and keep it close to your point of use at a storage yard. A 23 from most manufacturers will be pushing that limit, but not over. Not the most fun thing to tow at highway speeds, but not unsafe either, and not all that undesirable to do for short distances.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:29 PM
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A decent 21 with full tank, batteries, ice and gear will push his limit.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:16 PM
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I'm not sure I'd want to tow my 211 with a four runner but my boss towed his with a highlander at one point...
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:13 PM
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Towing a heavy boat is no fun. Leave it close to the beach if possible during the fishing season. You can always bring it home during the off season to save storage fees. Allot depends on how much do you use it at home. An ordinary 3 hour trip by car alone can stretch to 4 hours of concentration pulling a boat. Not much fun. Been there, done that. Barhopping is right. A 21 footer loaded up is a haul. And just because it is 'within" tow ratings doesn't mean it is easy. Good luck and say hello if you are around Topsail Island sometime.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:26 PM
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