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Old 09-09-2020, 07:08 PM
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I got the itch early this summer and decided to take my time, do my homework and work towards having something by next season. Step one was trading my RAV4 in on a new truck so I can tow. Got a Chevy Colorado, I know it's a mid-size truck but I don't need a huge boat and I need it to be my daily driver on a 70 mile per day commute so gas would kill me on a full size. That's done. I want a family friendly center console, 21-24 ft. that I can tow with my truck. Anyway, the prices are through the roof. I ran into a guy at the gas station the other day that was filling up his Carolina Skiff 24 Ultra Elite that was loaded with all the options. He bought it new 3 years ago for 40K. (He volunteered that info, I didn't ask) Maybe I'm missing something but it seems to me your not touching that boat for under 60K this year. I can swing 40K but that's probably my upper limit. I have one in college and another one going next year among other things. The boat isn't exactly on the top of the priority list. Is this just a freak thing that will pass because of the crazy high demand right now or is this the future of the boat market. Looking at used prices is even more disconcerting when I'm seeing 2 year old boats for sale only 2K-3K cheaper than the new models. That's just insanity... What gives?

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Old 09-09-2020, 07:19 PM
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There's a nice 21 ft Boston Whaler outrage for 32k in the boats for sale forum. I have no affiliation with the owner, but it's a good looking boat.

Did you get the diesel Colorado?
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Yes.
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Thanks. I didn't get the diesel, I was hoping to, but the closest place I could find that had any in stock that I liked was in PA and I was willing to make the 2 hour drive but they wouldnt budge a penny on the price over the phone. That pissed me off so I said screw it and bought a V6 locally. The V6 with the tow package does 7000lbs. vs. the diesel at 7800lbs. so it's not that big of a difference and I'd like to stay around 5500 or less anyway. 95% of any long distance towing I'd be doing would be on the eastern shore of MD which is flat as a board.
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You might be able to score a deal just before people winterize for the season.
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With that truck I wouldn't go much over a 21ft boat. I had a 2016 4X4 V6 that I towed my Sea Hunt 202. It wasn't bad unless it was a steep ramp.
That doesn't answer your question about boat prices but figured I'd give my .02 cents.
Good luck with your search
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Short answer, yes
Old 09-09-2020, 09:25 PM
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Use boat prices are insane, I am getting an Avid 23FS w Yamaha F150, 23ft boat under $40k should be light enough for you to tow. I am still watching the market, it has gotten better the past couple of weeks for used boats.
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Personally I would wait till next year. Northeast season is winding down and no reason to jump onboard and buy something at current levels then pay to winterize it and shrink wrap plus possible storage. Save the money and let’s hope things come down in the next six months.
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Now you mention it, I need to sell. 89 Seacraft...

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Unfortunately, I think the answer to your question is yes.

And as for the tow vehicle, most folks here are very conservative when it comes to towing(which is good). just remember that you need to include the weight of the trailer, fuel, ice, tackle, people etc and keep it under the top 10% of the trucks towing capacity,
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No I dont think you did, you just need to be patient and wait for the right deal, they are out there, supply is tight but deals can still be found...Im more concerned with your towing limit....I think youll be safer shopping 21s, but that also better aligns with your budget.....Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
You might be able to score a deal just before people winterize for the season.
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Supply and demand This horse has been beaten hard I was planning on moving up from a dual console to a pilot house this year not going to happen with the current price levels
for towing you will most likely be traveling I83 ,695and 97 going to the eastern shore is all down hill coming back its up hill Some of those long uphill stretches will tax your cooling system in the summer months also you can take route 2 to route 10 on the way back to bypass 97 It takes about ten minutes longer but not having a suicidal crotch rocket come past you at 160 mph is well worth it Feel free to pm me with any questions you may have
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Have no idea where you are located but check out this Sea Hunt..... 2019 Sea Hunt Ultra 211

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Do it! Life is to short.....enjoy everyday to the fullest!! Great day all!!! 🤗
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I just sold my bay boat for what I paid for new three years ago. The price equipped like mine has went up over $20k in three years.
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Originally Posted by crabbinmike View Post
Supply and demand This horse has been beaten hard I was planning on moving up from a dual console to a pilot house this year not going to happen with the current price levels
for towing you will most likely be traveling I83 ,695and 97 going to the eastern shore is all down hill coming back its up hill Some of those long uphill stretches will tax your cooling system in the summer months also you can take route 2 to route 10 on the way back to bypass 97 It takes about ten minutes longer but not having a suicidal crotch rocket come past you at 160 mph is well worth it Feel free to pm me with any questions you may have
I live in Calvert County. I'd be taking Rt 2 to Rt 50, all relatively flat.
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Yes it is a bad time to buy a boat. I would wait until next year when about half these new boat people figure out boat maintenance ect is not for them. Also the new boats that got ordered will be delivered and the factories should be caught up.
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Best time to buy used boats in the Carolinas is November through January. Prices are lowest then because folks are into hunting and college football/basketball season instead of fishing as much. People don't want the expense of winterizing and maintenance either and everyone is trying to sell their boat then so supply and demand kicks in. However, don't know how much college sports will play into it this year with Covid. One thing is for sure, this too shall pass and just like the crash of 2008 there will be a ton of adult "Toys" for sale in two years. I remember 2008 and early 2009, all kinds of boats, Harleys, RV's, etc could be bought dirt cheap because folks businesses were failing as a result of the crash and folks had to raise cash or pay off their loans (many home equity loans then). Everything is cyclical and the cycle will turn once again.

Be patient grasshopper! Your time will come.

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