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Old 06-11-2018, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jk1nole View Post
I'll give you a couple of other brands since I don't see a lot of suggestions mentioned. I bought my first boat last year new. It is a Scout 195 SF. I did go a little outside the range you mentioned, but I tacked on a lot of extras (I ordered it made for me). I love the boat and haven't had any issues. It provides a lot of comfort the way it is built.

I was looking for something between 18'-19'. I also liked Tidewaters, Robalos, and Key West. But, the Key West brand was probably third on that list for me. Scout and Tidewater both make 17-18.5 boats that are really nice and within your budget. You may also want to look at bay boats.

However, think about going closer to a 19' than a 17'. So, glad I did. Once you load down a boat with people, gear, etc... You'll be glad you have a little extra room.
Thank you for this. This exactly the type of advice I was looking for. Getting the most bang for the buck. Iíll check those out.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:44 PM
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Thank you everyone for the advice. You certainly got me thinking. Before this I was pretty set on the Key West. Now Iím opening my eyes to other options. Exactly what I was hoping to accomplish.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:05 PM
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Tidewater is a great looking boat and a lot of bang for your buck but there are a lot of people with a lot of problems with them. I considered buying one until I did my research and thank god I did. And I mean problems from the factory brand new. Not used
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:12 AM
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As I mentioned before we are pretty much in the same situation as yourself. Key West and Cobia have moved to the head of our list. Cobia is made by the same builder as Pathfinder and those guys really seem to step up if thereís a problem although Iím not sure if they make anything under 21í anymore. Would look at Frontier and Pioneer if the right deal came along. Lots of info on THT about all the brands.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:31 AM
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As I mentioned before we are pretty much in the same situation as yourself. Key West and Cobia have moved to the head of our list. Cobia is made by the same builder as Pathfinder and those guys really seem to step up if thereís a problem although Iím not sure if they make anything under 21í anymore. Would look at Frontier and Pioneer if the right deal came along. Lots of info on THT about all the brands.
Pathfinder and Cobia are both brands by Maverick Boats. Maverick does make 17-18' boats under their name. They are based in Fort Pierce, FL which could be a bonus for locals.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:26 AM
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Dont shy away from Bulls Bay.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:28 AM
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Dont shy away from Bulls Bay.
Funny you should say that. I was just checking those out. Nice boats for sure. And affordable.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:35 AM
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A very basic no option new bulls bay 2000 with 115 Yamaha was around 26-27k around where I live.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:35 AM
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Salt water? Do not buy a boat with a wooden liner, like a Bayliner.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Sandman1128 View Post
Funny you should say that. I was just checking those out. Nice boats for sure. And affordable.
There is a Bulls Bay facebook group, join it and ask all the questions you want. Very friendly people there. I think there is one or two for sale there as well.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:39 AM
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Yes, primarily salt water. I wanted no wood from the start and didn't realize Bayliner had wood. I already scratched them off my list, but that just confirms it. Thank you. I'm really digging the Bulls Bay. One other one that popped up is the Blazer Bay 1860. Anyone have thoughts on that one? I know it's rolled vs capped but it seems like more boat for the money. Any thoughts on rolled vs capped? I understand the construction differences but not really the advantages or disadvantages other than appearance.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:47 AM
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If the interior is carpet, it's probably wood.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:19 AM
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First Time Boat Buyer Info Boats for Sale by Boat Dealer or Private Seller

Found this video series on Youtube and thought it waas pretty good, you can search it on Youtube (won't let me post the actual link for some reason)
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:36 PM
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We purchased our first boat used, an Edgewater 175cc. It was a great price, even with having to buy a trailer for it. We used it a lot in the first year, fishing every weekend all weekend during grouper season. We've had no qualms running 25 miles offshore (picking the day of course). The boat was used less the last couple of years and we've had the expense ofb larger maintenance items to include a rewire, fuel tank replacement, etc. Motor is still strong and has good compression. I've learned how to do the 100 hour service myself which minimizes maintenance costs. Even with the expenses mentioned above, we're into the boat for less than half the price of a new Edgewater 170 and I feel our boat offers more space with the notched transom in lieu of the euro transom. Don't be afraid to buy used, there are great deals to be had.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:59 PM
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I had a KW 1720 with a 90 Yamaha in my early days. Iím not really sure how that boat would get on plane with 6 people and a 120 qt cooler on sandbar runs but she did it! Needless to say, some of the best stories were on that boat but by no means was it comfortable she was a reliable ride but also a wet ride too! We put that boat to the test but she did get skinny in the keys!

I would agree with the previous responds, buy a fairly used boat thatís has depreciated and any kinks have been worked out. New doesnít meant no problems!

If you donít feel comfortable you can hire a surveyor or maybe even a local THT member good luck!
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:01 AM
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Well, after tons of research, I settled on Pioneer. Say hello to my new 2019 Pioneer Islander 180. I'm in love and so happy I decided on more boat and less toys (those will come later).


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Old 03-09-2019, 06:36 AM
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Well I'm To late with is, but to any boat buyer might I suggest that you load it up as if you are going out for the day and see if you have space aboard for all you need. People,dry goods ice/food/drinks, fishing gear,beach gear,and coolers if needed. Make a big boat get small real quick. Just my $.02
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Sandman1128 View Post
Well, after tons of research, I settled on Pioneer. Say hello to my new 2019 Pioneer Islander 180. I'm in love and so happy I decided on more boat and less toys (those will come later).


Congrats! Thats really nice. Love the color also.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:56 AM
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great looking boat, enjoy the summer!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:05 AM
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