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Old 07-14-2015, 12:27 PM
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I got back into boating with a john boat and that was great for what is was. I moved up to a nice Pioneer BaySport 175 after that. I'm more of a boater that likes to fish and the Admiral is a fisherman that likes to boat. I just sold the Pioneer and on the hunt for the next one. We are both liking the layout and seating comfort in the the fishing oriented dual consoles. Top of our list so far is 2003 and up Aquasport 215 Osprey. It has so many features we like - nice fishing room, comfy seating, windlass, and good storage space. The Admiral likes the enclosed head as well. In a close second is the HydraSports 202, SeaSwirl 2101 and SeaHunt Escape.

It's a fun process shopping for the next boat! My budget now is only about $12k, but this winter I should be able to get closer to $20k and we are OK waiting for the right boat.

If anyone has some wisdom they could throw our way, we are all ears.

Picture of the Admiral has already been posted in "Post The Best Picture Of Your Lady On Your Boat" thread

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Old 07-14-2015, 12:59 PM
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I had a key west 186 dc that served me INCREDIBLY well for a few years . If you haven't already take a look at their DC's . I have three kids and the wife so our needs called for a DC more than some. good luck in your hunt . Looking for the right boat is half the fun (or more)
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Thanks reelin in the keys, I haven't looked at Key West until you mentioned it. Something like this gets my attention. http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...-211-DC-660541

The nicest Aquasport I have found is also out of my price range and has bottom paint...but new power http://orlando.craigslist.org/bod/5044808035.html

The hunt is on!
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I had a 2004 Aquasport 215 Osprey DC. It was a great boat and we had a lot of fun with it. It handled well and was pretty heavy for its size. Make sure it is properly powered.
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Thanks NorthShore44. That hull needs 200hp from everything I have seen here on THT. Lots of them were sold with 150 from the factory. I would like to find one with a Yamaha OX66 for a deal if I can.
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I love my Tidewater so far. Only thing I'd change would be to get the 150 on it!
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I think you will be pleased with a "DC"
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I got no problem with your decision. One of my 1st boats was a Sunbird F/S (fish & ski) which was a similar design. I've always liked the open bow/walk thru windshield designs.

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I've had a lot of boats, over 40 of them, sometimes 3 at once, ski boats, go fast boats, fishing boats, even had one with a sail. Being in a related industry helped with that. I have had one or two people ask me in the past which was my favorite, I am pretty sure it was my 22 Grady Tournament. It did everything pretty well, from cocktail cruises to tuna fishing 50+ offshore to striper fishing on a snowy December day in NJ.. IMHO you'll be hard pressed to beat a DC.
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The seating arrangement on th DC's look really good. When I start crawling around them one thing I want to see is if I will be able to occasionally drive while standing. It looks doable on most, but some have the throttle mounted more to the rear. I'm guessing that would make it a little awkward for throttle control while standing?
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Thanks NorthShore44. That hull needs 200hp from everything I have seen here on THT. Lots of them were sold with 150 from the factory. I would like to find one with a Yamaha OX66 for a deal if I can.
treadlife, that all depends on whether you are talking 2 stroke or 4 stroke. 2 stroke, the 200 is fine. 4 stroke, I would want 250 especially if doing any water sports. I had and f225 and it was mostly fine but was lacking in holeshot or if I had a load on her.
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We love our DC
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The SUV of boats....I've had half dozen of them.....they are versatile...cruise...fish....drag the kids around on the tube.
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I've adjusted well from a CC to a DC. At first I thought I'd hate sitting down to drive (I'm too tall to reach the wheel comfortably and the bimini is in my way) but I've gotten used to it.

Overall a very versatile boat, set up for fishing, has lots of storage and the lady loves the open bow seating. Great for cocktail cruises and pulling tubes as well.
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I had a dc, I like to stand when I am driving, I would get a cc with the seats in the front with backrest.
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Prefer something with a stabbin cabin myself over a DC in the 20-21' range but I guess it's just preference. That or a Cc with a big bow cushion.
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My 225G Grady Tournament is 1994. Love it. Probably the most versatile boat on the water. Fishing cockpit blows the door off similar size CC too. I am looking for a 2000 vintage right now. My buddy fishes his 23 pursuit and I have way more cockpit space.

FWIW - Skip the enclosed head. Takes up too much space at that size. I have a wife and two little girls. We make it work w/o the enclosed head too. I put an awesome radar arch/Bimini top with 11 rod holders on it too. PM me and Ill send you some pics.

Get the closed transom with swim platform and Grady bracket (225G) Rides soft, fishes all day, then drag eight kids and family out for cocktails and tubing afterward. I do it all the time. I run a 200 Honda on it too. Its heavy, but it works well with some mods.
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Pioneer 22dc out of the question?
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Scout Dorado 21 but the budget may be close.
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DC = good
$12-20k = challenge

Good luck on your search... since you already have boating experience, you may get lucky!
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