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Old 03-06-2015, 02:28 PM
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Should say "Looking for informed opinions" but I don't know how to change a heading.


With luck I'll be in the market or a new to me boat, I ride in the salt and prefer outboards. A soft ride is tops on the list of needs due to a bad back. I prefer a dual console to get some shelter for guests and kids on cooler days. I want to be able to get a few miles off the coast for fishing and day trips.

A nice Carolina flare is great for a dry ride but I've also entertained the idea o a CAT hull, I'm figuring something in the 22'-24' range would be the biggest I'd want to go.

50K would be about my max unless my stocks do well between now and then.

If you can tell me about a boat you have first hand experience with please tell me about it. I've got 1-2 years to do research before I buy, after all it's not the kill but the thrill of the chase.

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Need to post this in the general forum.

I like the pursuit offshore 255 or pursuit dual console with hardtop in that range if you want something that will keep you and kido's warm. Will need to find used for that price.

Something like a 24 Albermarle or Carolina Classic both with 24 degree deadrise will have superior ride, but likely slower than Christmas.

Really need to step up to 28 or 31ft if you want a good ride offshore. An Intrepid or Scarab with cuddy or any other deep V go-fast like center console will have the best ride IMO at speed. If ride is important you need something with a 24 degree deadrise, solid hull (no core), and not have an overly wide beam. Like a sharp knife, skinnier hulls with sharp/deep v's will cut better, but it also may not drift well so there is some give and take as far as ride at speed and comfort at drift. Generally in my experience I have found that boats made with hull's that are solid fiberglass will have a ride far better than same boat/design with a cored hull.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Should say "Looking for informed opinions" but I don't know how to change a heading.


With luck I'll be in the market or a new to me boat, I ride in the salt and prefer outboards. A soft ride is tops on the list of needs due to a bad back. I prefer a dual console to get some shelter for guests and kids on cooler days. I want to be able to get a few miles off the coast for fishing and day trips.

A nice Carolina flare is great for a dry ride but I've also entertained the idea o a CAT hull, I'm figuring something in the 22'-24' range would be the biggest I'd want to go.

50K would be about my max unless my stocks do well between now and then.

If you can tell me about a boat you have first hand experience with please tell me about it. I've got 1-2 years to do research before I buy, after all it's not the kill but the thrill of the chase.

Thanks
Go 'advanced' to change topic. Get biggest longest boat with deepest v $ 4 money. outboard choice. Have fun
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:12 PM
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In that size range you will never beat the ride of a well designed cat (world cat DC comes to mind).
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Only 3 or 4 people in this forum own a boat......you should put your question in the general boating forum at the top of the forum page.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Only 3 or 4 people in this forum own a boat......you should put your question in the general boating forum at the top of the forum page.
Did just that, thanks!
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Only 3 or 4 people in this forum own a boat......you should put your question in the general boating forum at the top of the forum page.
^probably true^
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