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Old 01-07-2019, 05:23 PM
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Hey guys, alot of you have helped me with some opinions and im down to the finalists for my new boat that will ne cruising the ICW in myrtle beach and in the ocean on some nice days. Now the question is which boat is the best bang for the buck.

They all include trailer and 12 inch Garmin

Sea Hunt 235SE roughly 77k. Yamaha 250
Sea Pro 239. Roughly 75k. Suzuki 300
Key West 239. Roughly 69k. Suzuki 300
Cobia 240. Roughly 95k. Twin yamaha 150s
Sportsman 232. Roughly 68k. Yamaha 250


Boat will be lift kept and soemd most time doing in shore fishing and family cruising, would only
go off shore in real nice weather.
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Old 01-07-2019, 06:53 PM
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Out of those boats I would be inclined to like the sea hunt and cobia. Although if you arenít going offshore much, a single engine is less maintenance.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:15 PM
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Can get the cobia with single 300 for about 5k off
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:21 PM
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Out of that list of boats I think the Cobia would be your best option w/ a single 300 Yamaha. They hold there value very well, and I think there better built than any other boat on that list.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:28 PM
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I own a Sea Hunt but the Key West looks like the best boat for the money
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:34 PM
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The KW is def a good deal. Worried about wet ride with those low gunnels but ive yet to drive it
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Key west is built better than the sea hunt.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:08 AM
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As far as best boat the cobia for sure as far as best price the key west. Iím actually surprised that the key west is that much cheaper than the rest. In my situation Iíll settle for something not necessarily less but something that isnít exactly what I wanted because of price. Iím poor though. If the 90 something price tag didnít bother me or blow my budget Iíd go with the cobia but Iím also a fisherman
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As far as best boat the cobia for sure as far as best price the key west. Iím actually surprised that the key west is that much cheaper than the rest. In my situation Iíll settle for something not necessarily less but something that isnít exactly what I wanted because of price. Iím poor though. If the 90 something price tag didnít bother me or blow my budget Iíd go with the cobia but Iím also a fisherman

I like to fish too, but with a 2 yr old daughter now we do some family cruising. So im looking for a boat that does both well. The KW is a good deal for sure but a guy on my dock just traded his because he said the ride was so wet that his kids wouldnt go with him
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I like to fish too, but with a 2 yr old daughter now we do some family cruising. So im looking for a boat that does both well. The KW is a good deal for sure but a guy on my dock just traded his because he said the ride was so wet that his kids wouldnt go with him
then that would def be a big factor for me. I will caution you though. In the words of my wife ďI stay drier on your boat then I do chipsĒ my boat 22ft bay boat, chips boat 28ft wahoo with twins .....i attribute this for 2 reasons. 1) I have a lot of bow flare 2) chip only knows wide open lol.....even though his boat is more ďseaĒ worthy (bad choice of words really but u get what Iím saying I think). I think you are on the right track by saying u need to sea trial them. Really the point is make your own assessment about the ride.
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My cousin has the KW239, which serves double duty for a family boat and hardcore fishing rig for him. Great platform and layout. It does appear to have a smaller console than some of the others you list, if having a pump out head is important. He runs a porta potty which is better for him due to pump out access, so no big deal in his situation. Given your location and easy access to marinas with pump outs, it would be on my must have list. Both the Cobia and Sea Pro have a flushable head as an option. I personally have not been overly impressed with the Sea Hunts or Sportsman's I've been on. Nothing wrong with them, they just aren't quite up to the same standard of fit/finish as Key West IMO.
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:35 AM
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My cousin has the KW239, which serves double duty for a family boat and hardcore fishing rig for him. Great platform and layout. It does appear to have a smaller console than some of the others you list, if having a pump out head is important. He runs a porta potty which is better for him due to pump out access, so no big deal in his situation. Given your location and easy access to marinas with pump outs, it would be on my must have list. Both the Cobia and Sea Pro have a flushable head as an option. I personally have not been overly impressed with the Sea Hunts or Sportsman's I've been on. Nothing wrong with them, they just aren't quite up to the same standard of fit/finish as Key West IMO.

any issue with the front seats getting wet on the KW? The Sea Pro 239 looks nice in the pics too. But KW even less money
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It can, but not bad by any stretch. It's like most hulls in that it will spray at certain speeds. Doesn't actively get into the bow, but can in certain situations. Mostly an issue at lower speeds. Give it some tab and bring down the bow along with a bit more throttle and you get in front of it. My hunch is that being on the ICW they were attempting to operate at the very bottom end of the planing speed spectrum, with women in the bow. Do yourself a favor early (on any boat) and drive home to them that the back of the boat should be the default seating position when under way, and the bow is for lounging when stopped.
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...with women in the bow. Do yourself a favor early (on any boat) and drive home to them that the back of the boat should be the default seating position when under way, and the bow is for lounging when stopped.
been married for more than 14 years and still can't get this through my lovely bride's stubborn head.
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been married for more than 14 years and still can't get this through my lovely bride's stubborn head.
It's genetic.

When I went from my CC to a DC, I took a piece of 2" masking tape and made a line on the deck between the consoles, and wrote on it in all caps "Bitch Line."

The significance of the bitch line is that nobody in front of said line can bitch about the ride, getting wet, etc. It's been mostly successful. Also permanently removed the big cushion that goes over the fish box and hid the damn thing. Told her it blew out going down the road.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
It's genetic.

When I went from my CC to a DC, I took a piece of 2" masking tape and made a line on the deck between the consoles, and wrote on it in all caps "Bitch Line."

The significance of the bitch line is that nobody in front of said line can bitch about the ride, getting wet, etc. It's been mostly successful. Also permanently removed the big cushion that goes over the fish box and hid the damn thing. Told her it blew out going down the road.

all valid points however I may have gotten myself in a pickle. Im shying away from the boats with a full bench in the back because I told her thats what the front seating is for lol. i was leaning more towards the fold away seat for extra cockpit room. i dont like having the livewell under the rear seats
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Lol. You need a boat and a pontoon. It's nearly inevitable.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Lol. You need a boat and a pontoon. It's nearly inevitable.
change that to tritoon and itís not a bad idea. Also assuming the 100k budget and a few ďsacrificesĒ u could be in say a bay boat and a tritoon. Go used and maybe not any sacrifices
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
It's genetic.

When I went from my CC to a DC, I took a piece of 2" masking tape and made a line on the deck between the consoles, and wrote on it in all caps "Bitch Line."

The significance of the bitch line is that nobody in front of said line can bitch about the ride, getting wet, etc. It's been mostly successful. Also permanently removed the big cushion that goes over the fish box and hid the damn thing. Told her it blew out going down the road.
I dunk my wife and her friends about once a year on purpose up there...and then dare them to complain about it.

Honestly, I don't say a word about them being up there. Nice distraction here and there while running.
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I dunk my wife and her friends about once a year on purpose up there...and then dare them to complain about it.

Honestly, I don't say a word about them being up there. Nice distraction here and there while running.
umm u do know this is THT and what Iím gonna say right lol....just playing buddy Iím not one of those. Good for you
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