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Old 01-10-2019, 06:40 PM
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how bout the chris craft catalina? really pretty boat , slightly more money, I do enjoy spending other peoples money
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:46 PM
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Haha no more money please. Already over budget haha. Wife already asking questions lol
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:42 AM
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For that kind of money you can but a fairly new top of the line boat several years old. Like a Grady, Regulator, Contender, Parker etc. Think of all the adds you will need after buying a new boat, electronics, extra anchor and lines, safety gear other than the minimum, spare parts, etc etc. Also all the new boat bugs will have been worked out.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:43 AM
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For that kind of money you can but a fairly new top of the line boat several years old. Like a Grady, Regulator, Contender, Parker etc. Think of all the adds you will need after buying a new boat, electronics, extra anchor and lines, safety gear other than the minimum, spare parts, outriggers, fishing gear, rod holders etc etc. Also all the new boat bugs will have been worked out.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:44 PM
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I had a 23 Bluewater KW...great boat...went anywhere, weather permitting. I like the convenience of the stern fish box and the live well under the leaning post.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:21 PM
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​​​​​​Have you put any thought into the Tidewater? I purchased a 232 LXF.. extremely pleased and it is right in the price range you are looking at. A good family boat that works just as good for fishing. Just some outside input!
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:23 AM
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Have you looked at a new Sea Ox?
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:56 PM
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No experience with sea ox at all.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:14 PM
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http://www.seaoxboats.com

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Old 01-13-2019, 09:59 AM
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haha

I hope someday I could be looking at spending 80k on a boat.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:16 AM
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I was at a boat show yesterday, and I honestly can't understand buying a new "mid tier" boat like most of the ones on your list. Just from my cursory glance, what stood out to me most was the horrific bilge access, terrible wiring access with inline fuses everywhere instead of a fuse block, and luxury features that will almost certainly look terrible in a few years. For example, the sea hunt 25 I was looking at had a 4" access plate for bilge access! Absolutely unacceptable unless you plan on paying someone for every little maintenance project. Also, they had put powder coat on mounting brackets for a rear seat, it was already chipping off!!! You will be much better off in the long term buying a higher quality used boat. In a few years the upholstery, cheap electrical parts, and lower quality gelcoat will begin to look aged.

You also should consider what they mean when they label a boat a "23". That is really a 21 with 2' of euro transom that you basically can't use.

Here is an example of what I am talking about: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...rokes-45k.htmlThis boat is from 1988, and still looks very very nice. If you put 10-15k into it to make the boat a little more modern, you would have a boat that far surpasses any new 23 foot boat you will buy. That is just one example of hundreds I could have picked, but I have the same boat so I am a little biased.

Basically, spending 75k on a new mid tier boat makes 0 sense. I can't think of a situation where that would be a good option tbh.

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Old 01-13-2019, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by BostonWhalerSeaHunt View Post
I was at a boat show yesterday, and I honestly can't understand buying a new "mid tier" boat like most of the ones on your list. Just from my cursory glance, what stood out to me most was the horrific bilge access, terrible wiring access with inline fuses everywhere instead of a fuse block, and luxury features that will almost certainly look terrible in a few years. For example, the sea hunt 25 I was looking at had a 4" access plate for bilge access! Absolutely unacceptable unless you plan on paying someone for every little maintenance project. Also, they had put powder coat on mounting brackets for a rear seat, it was already chipping off!!! You will be much better off in the long term buying a higher quality used boat. In a few years the upholstery, cheap electrical parts, and lower quality gelcoat will begin to look aged.

You also should consider what they mean when they label a boat a "23". That is really a 21 with 2' of euro transom that you basically can't use.

Here is an example of what I am talking about: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...rokes-45k.htmlThis boat is from 1988, and still looks very very nice. If you put 10-15k into it to make the boat a little more modern, you would have a boat that far surpasses any new 23 foot boat you will buy. That is just one example of hundreds I could have picked, but I have the same boat so I am a little biased.

Basically, spending 75k on a new mid tier boat makes 0 sense. I can't think of a situation where that would be a good option tbh.


well I was hoping that the Cobia was of better quality
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:38 AM
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well I was hoping that the Cobia was of better quality
It is, but not good enough to justify the price point compared to a nicer used boat.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:50 AM
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Thew new Cobia boats are well designed and the single outboard makes the most sense (consider half the cost for every service) unless you are running to the gulf stream a lot. Go online and check out their new factory it is state of the art and they're building some high quality well designed boats.
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I am an owner of a Sea Hunt and a loyal follower now, with that statement out of the way, all of the boats you have listed excellent products and the prices all relatively close. I am not sure you can really go wrong with any of the boats you are considering.

For my two cents the deciding factor, if you do not possess a strong preference on boat and/or price, has got to be the dealer organization with whom you are working. Who is the dealers who makes you feel the most comfortable? Who has the best reputation? Who is most convenient? Remember, if a problem does occur, the dealer and his organization is who will correct the matter or blow you off.

I had a great dealer experience regarding an issue not on the boat, but on the trailer. On the other hand I have heard of dealers who are less than ethical. The bottom line is, boats are expensive, but profits in the boat business are relatively small, therefore it is very tough for businesses to succeed in boat sales. Many dealers will cut corners to make a buck. If you find a good sales and service organization with whom you are comfortable buy their product. A twenty something foot Center Console boat is a twenty something boat regardless of the manufacturer. All of the brands you are considering have been around and are proven. Each boat has strengths, but you will deal with the dealer for as long as you own the vessel. Sounds to me the decision factor is not the vessel, but the dealer selling the vessel.
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Originally Posted by BostonWhalerSeaHunt View Post
I was at a boat show yesterday, and I honestly can't understand buying a new "mid tier" boat like most of the ones on your list. Just from my cursory glance, what stood out to me most was the horrific bilge access, terrible wiring access with inline fuses everywhere instead of a fuse block, and luxury features that will almost certainly look terrible in a few years. For example, the sea hunt 25 I was looking at had a 4" access plate for bilge access! Absolutely unacceptable unless you plan on paying someone for every little maintenance project. Also, they had put powder coat on mounting brackets for a rear seat, it was already chipping off!!! You will be much better off in the long term buying a higher quality used boat. In a few years the upholstery, cheap electrical parts, and lower quality gelcoat will begin to look aged.

You also should consider what they mean when they label a boat a "23". That is really a 21 with 2' of euro transom that you basically can't use.

Here is an example of what I am talking about: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-s...rokes-45k.htmlThis boat is from 1988, and still looks very very nice. If you put 10-15k into it to make the boat a little more modern, you would have a boat that far surpasses any new 23 foot boat you will buy. That is just one example of hundreds I could have picked, but I have the same boat so I am a little biased.

Basically, spending 75k on a new mid tier boat makes 0 sense. I can't think of a situation where that would be a good option tbh.
AMEN! 75-95k in the used market can get you a lightly used 24 cape horn or a 25 contender. both of which would run circles around all the mid tier boats.
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AMEN! 75-95k in the used market can get you a lightly used 24 cape horn or a 25 contender. both of which would run circles around all the mid tier boats.
In all honesty, I would love a used top tier but dont want to go too old. I dont see many around. if u see anything good then let me know
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In all honesty, I would love a used top tier but dont want to go too old. I dont see many around. if u see anything good then let me know

how old is too old? and are you willing to travel? you may have to go out of state. for example, for my Onslow bay I had to go to orange beach Alabama to get it. But, it was worth the 1500 miles round trip.
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I would have it shipped
From anywhere. I dont think id wanna go more than 4-5 yrs old at most. Would like engines still under warranty.
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