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Old 01-10-2019, 05:41 PM
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Pros and cons of Parker boats? What are your thoughts?
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:45 PM
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I see a lot of Parker’s on the Potomac river. I think they are great boats. Many that I see are pilot house style. Which style are you considering?
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:05 PM
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Just starting to look at them. We like 2530 extended cabin.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:13 PM
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Deep V or Modified? Offshore or bay/waterway primary use? My buddy has a non ext cab with mod V with twin 150's. He takes it offshore but it does give a rougher ride. No one complains about having more power either.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:15 PM
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Sorry, I should have looked it up previously. I love the layout. The only thing that would sway me from that style, is that I kinda like the openness of our dual console. Not sure I’d want to be in the pilot house in the summer time. Fall, winter, I can’t imagine there’s a much better boat. Chris
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:32 PM
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Deep V. If we would go with the cabin, we would put an AC.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:38 PM
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#8 boat that he built. If I was in the market, I'd buy a another Parker in a heartbeat.

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#8 boat that he built. If I was in the market, I'd buy a another Parker in a heartbeat.

what year was she built?
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:58 PM
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Parkers are a solid boat, never heard one owner complain, pilot house is not hot in the summer, plenty of ventilation with open windows. I will never go back to an open style boat again.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:12 PM
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I love the lines on the pilothouse models. Cockpits are huge which is great for trolling. Only thing I dont like is having to step down into the pilothouse. I prefer a level floor. Nice boats! No frills but seem solid.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post


what year was she built?


1980. Behind his house on Cape Lookout Dr. She is actually a Sou'Wester.
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I have a 1982 25 Sou' Wester that was originally a straight inboard. Removed the drive gear in 08 and installed a bracket and outboard, never a regret
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Originally Posted by mojohalibut View Post
I have a 1982 25 Sou' Wester that was originally a straight inboard. Removed the drive gear in 08 and installed a bracket and outboard, never a regret
Damn. I only wish I had a straight inboard. Mine has the well to be able to work a net off the back. Here's another pic.

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Originally Posted by mojohalibut View Post
I have a 1982 25 Sou' Wester that was originally a straight inboard. Removed the drive gear in 08 and installed a bracket and outboard, never a regret
Totally off topic but I want one of these. She was parked in front of the house for years.

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I crawled all over a large Parker pilothouse a few yrs ago at the boat show. Very impressive and you could play football in the cockpit. I may have looked at a 28, it was massive. I have no idea of the ride quality (deep V obviously is better) but comfort while fishing looked unbeatable. Parkers have a very good reputation around NC.
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I really wouldnt say the pilot house is hotter during the summer. It provides great shade, the windows open and you can even put a fan or two in there. Keeps the salt spray off you too

boating in NJ I find the pros of the pilot house far out weigh the cons especially in the spring and fall and winter. Parker 2520xl

Pics below are from late december 2017 blackfish trips. No problem with the cold

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Old 01-11-2019, 07:23 AM
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Your okay in the summer as long as the front windows open. I wouldn't want one otherwise.
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Your okay in the summer as long as the front windows open. I wouldn't want one otherwise.
2nd station, makes trolling easier too
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In the northern gulf?

Better wear a helmet!
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In the northern gulf?

Better wear a helmet!
Some guys around us dive off of one a lot. I was talking to the guy who ran the boat for them at an awards ceremony for a dive tournament where it had been a tight 3 foot chop all day. He described the ride as, and I quote, "Every wave was like a minor car wreck in that boat."

Apparently, the guys sitting in bean bag pressed against the transom thought the ride was fine. The guy stuck up at the helm thought he had been in an amateur boxing match and lost.
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