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Old 01-12-2017, 10:34 AM
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Hi everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I've got a problem that I hope you can help me with. I live in South Louisiana and love to fish blue water. Problem is, my 22' Shamrock straight inboard just isn't designed to run 80 - 100 miles offshore one way. We've got a range of about 50 one way. Also she maxes out at 30 knots on a flat day while in the four barrels. Cruising speed is about 22 knots. The old girl is a true jack of all trades but master of none. From pulling my son on his wake board and my daughter on her knee board to rig fishing for Red Snapper 30 miles off shore. She does it all. My family has decided that we want to focus more on fishing. The obvious choice for a fisherman who wants to go fast, ride smooth, and run relatively far is a catamaran, but they have a tendency to cost a pretty penny. So I've been trolling the classifieds for months now. Looking for a cat and I just can't find one that's in our budget. I recently heard about hydrofoil craft. I've did my research and have found a lot information pertaining to military testing. Don't care. I'm curious if they're efficient, trailerable, etc. Any input is highly appreciated? Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:40 AM
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how many hydrofoil fishing boats have you ever seen?

that should answer your question.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:54 AM
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Like I said. All military.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:08 PM
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I read your post assuming you were looking for a family friendly, trailerable fishing boat, that's fast and efficient, with more range. You are also on a budget.

Hydrofoil isnt the answer.


Perhaps given your budget, and what you're after, folks can make some boat suggestions.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:44 PM
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I think there are a wide range of boats that would fit your bill, short of a hydrofoil.
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
I read your post assuming you were looking for a family friendly, trailerable fishing boat, that's fast and efficient, with more range. You are also on a budget.

Hydrofoil isnt the answer.


Perhaps given your budget, and what you're after, folks can make some boat suggestions.
That would be great. Used is fine. My son and I are fabulous mechanics. Buget lid is 25.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:24 AM
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PM Kurttuk on THT and check out his posts. It would benefit you to speak with some one that actually uses a small hydrofoil cat like you want to.
You would have to search for a used one.


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Originally Posted by Larsen View Post
See Talaria.yolasite.com
That's quite the lower unit
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Wheelsinthejic View Post
That would be great. Used is fine. My son and I are fabulous mechanics. Buget lid is 25.
You can find a decent twin engine offshore fishing boat in that price range. I bought mine for 28k and I run it 80 miles offshore.
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