Notices

West Coast FL Ideal Boat Pairing

Old 11-04-2019, 09:49 PM
  #1  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default West Coast FL Ideal Boat Pairing

What’s the better pair of boats for the west coast of FL. 6” to 60miles.

Options:

1. Late model Contender/CV 27 with twins and 21/23 Shoalwater style tower boat; or

2. 25 Dorado w Tower and HB Marquesa?
Old 11-04-2019, 10:10 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: fl
Posts: 112
Received 324 Likes on 206 Posts
Default

25 Dorado w Tower and HB Marquesa?
Old 11-04-2019, 10:56 PM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,198
Received 396 Likes on 229 Posts
Default

HB Marquesa is not a 6" boat, real world is more like 9" and you're not poling a 21' Shoalwater. Are you planning on poling?
Old 11-05-2019, 04:01 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 656
Received 93 Likes on 61 Posts
Default

And if you appreciate transom deadrise and the comfort it provides on long offshore runs, then dorado 25 is not a 60 mile boat.
Old 11-05-2019, 04:19 AM
  #5  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: cape coral, fl
Posts: 5,722
Received 446 Likes on 273 Posts
Default

Option 1 for the Southwest Section of Florida.
Old 11-05-2019, 05:05 AM
  #6  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 6,314
Received 2,772 Likes on 1,506 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by bsh102 View Post
Option 1 for the Southwest Section of Florida.
This^^^^^^^^^^
Old 11-05-2019, 07:24 AM
  #7  
THT Sponsor Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 1,860
Likes: 0
Received 65 Likes on 31 Posts
Default

Option 1 would be my pick. 25' Dorado is a very nice boat but I don't think I'd want to run 120 miles roundtrip in one.

21/23' Shoalwater would do anything you'd want to do inshore except pole for skinny-water redfish in the winter. When I had my 26' Pathfinder I always figured if I needed/wanted to fish shallower than it could float I'd just get out and wade.
Old 11-05-2019, 07:29 AM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Palm Beach County
Posts: 10,971
Received 2,272 Likes on 1,298 Posts
Default

31 contender and a hells bay
Old 11-05-2019, 09:36 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Edgewater, FL
Posts: 320
Received 141 Likes on 75 Posts
Default

I'd choose option 1 given the choice. But if it we me choosing an offshore boat and a flats boat I'd go with something with a cabin for offshore so you could do overnight trips in Bluewater. Like a contender 31 fish around (since you like contenders). I'd go with something I could pole on the flats like the HB whip-ray.

Given that I can't afford 2 boats, I went with a Rambo 27 that floats in 12" and can run offshore easily. It's a good compromise like the Dorado you mentioned, but with additional offshore range (120 gals of fuel).
Old 11-05-2019, 12:43 PM
  #10  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,198
Received 396 Likes on 229 Posts
Default

To be honest, unless you're trying to put boats togther for budget purposes, there is no reason to try and group to two boats together. It is going to easier identify an offshore boat that fits your needs than it is a flats boat becauee it is really dictated by where on the Gulf Coast and how you plan to fish. If we're talking poling you're going to want a poiling skiff. If we're talking 30 mile runs to trolling motor fish backcountry rivers with live bait you're going want something with speed and good ride that can still float in 12".

Me... decide what offshore boat you want. Look at what you have leftover and decide if you're poling or not. You can buy a new 16' poling skiff or 21' flats boat that fit that criteria anywhere from $20K to $100K+
Old 11-05-2019, 07:42 PM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
HB Marquesa is not a 6" boat, real world is more like 9" and you're not poling a 21' Shoalwater. Are you planning on poling?
No plan to pole
Old 11-05-2019, 07:43 PM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
Option 1 would be my pick. 25' Dorado is a very nice boat but I don't think I'd want to run 120 miles roundtrip in one.

21/23' Shoalwater would do anything you'd want to do inshore except pole for skinny-water redfish in the winter. When I had my 26' Pathfinder I always figured if I needed/wanted to fish shallower than it could float I'd just get out and wade.
What did you move to?
Old 11-05-2019, 07:46 PM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
To be honest, unless you're trying to put boats togther for budget purposes, there is no reason to try and group to two boats together. It is going to easier identify an offshore boat that fits your needs than it is a flats boat becauee it is really dictated by where on the Gulf Coast and how you plan to fish. If we're talking poling you're going to want a poiling skiff. If we're talking 30 mile runs to trolling motor fish backcountry rivers with live bait you're going want something with speed and good ride that can still float in 12".

Me... decide what offshore boat you want. Look at what you have leftover and decide if you're poling or not. You can buy a new 16' poling skiff or 21' flats boat that fit that criteria anywhere from $20K to $100K+
This is definitely a budget exercise. $125k for both boats. Something like this:
10-15 year old 27T with original power - $80k
Newer Shoalwater 23 - $45k
Old 11-06-2019, 06:05 AM
  #14  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: cape coral, fl
Posts: 5,722
Received 446 Likes on 273 Posts
Default

I am heading to the boat shows this year to be doing just what I recommended. Will be selling/trading the 25’ bay boat and going with a 27-30 range CC for offshore runs and keys trips. I will than try to find a gently used Lake and Bay for my inshore habit.
Likes:
Old 11-06-2019, 06:33 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 292
Received 77 Likes on 54 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by GatorDebaitor View Post
This is definitely a budget exercise. $125k for both boats. Something like this:
10-15 year old 27T with original power - $80k
Newer Shoalwater 23 - $45k
I'd get a newer offshore boat and older inshore boat.
Old 11-06-2019, 10:26 AM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Posts: 1,788
Received 267 Likes on 148 Posts
Default

First part of option 1, last part of option 2. The Contender/HB combo.
Old 11-06-2019, 05:11 PM
  #17  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by tesilential View Post
I'd get a newer offshore boat and older inshore boat.
I'd definitely use the inshore boat more often, and the offshore boat will need to be more reasonable in cost.
Old 11-06-2019, 05:54 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 895
Likes: 0
Received 75 Likes on 42 Posts
Default

Or get a Calcutta 26 - they float shallow and will do the 60 miles no prob
Old 11-07-2019, 06:21 AM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: St. Pete, FL
Posts: 460
Received 90 Likes on 59 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by GatorDebaitor View Post
I'd definitely use the inshore boat more often, and the offshore boat will need to be more reasonable in cost.
Whats your total budget look like?
Old 11-07-2019, 06:26 AM
  #20  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 501
Received 24 Likes on 21 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by flatwater17 View Post
Whats your total budget look like?
For purposes of this exercise $125k

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.