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Old 07-11-2019, 07:06 PM
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I've got a Carolina Skiff 198 DLV.....looking to trade it in on a Sea Hunt Ultra 196.

Will the Ultra 196 be ok to get out to Ches light and some offshore wrecks?

Any other advice on a good smaller boat to go offshore?

I've got a Toyota 4R so I can only tow around 4500....

Thank you - Dan
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:22 AM
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On calm days you can definitely take the sea hunt out to the tower and local nearby wrecks. Depending on fuel capacity and experience you could even venture to the triangles.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
On calm days you can definitely take the sea hunt out to the tower and local nearby wrecks. Depending on fuel capacity and experience you could even venture to the triangles.
thanks...that helps! Im prettt excited as ive only been able to go to cbbt with the skiff on nice days.

Really hoping to see a difference in the ride with the V hull.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:34 AM
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Just don't go much farther than the light tower on slick days. Or you'll end up going from a new 19' to a 25'+ with twins... The offshore bug is real.

Edit: I just seen you said offshore as well. I'd look into something bigger than the 19 sea hunt. Not sure what their fuel range would be but its a hike from rudee to blue water. I've made the run several times in my 21' before upgrading but it also had 100gal fuel tank. I'd look at boats in the 21' range or bigger for offshore.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:44 AM
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I had a 20' Seahunt and it had a range in a little in excess of 200 miles and had a 60 gallon tank. If you run out to some of the wrecks 30 or so miles out you will be the smallest boat out there. My Sea Hunt was a relatively light boat with a low dead rise. It wasn't the smoothest riding boat but will be a step up from a Carolina Skiff.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by FishinNoVa View Post
Just don't go much farther than the light tower on slick days. Or you'll end up going from a new 19' to a 25'+ with twins... The offshore bug is real.

Edit: I just seen you said offshore as well. I'd look into something bigger than the 19 sea hunt. Not sure what their fuel range would be but its a hike from rudee to blue water. I've made the run several times in my 21' before upgrading but it also had 100gal fuel tank. I'd look at boats in the 21' range or bigger for offshore.
19 is all i can handle as far as $ and towing capacity....at least for the next 5 years. Mainly wanting to go out past the CBBT and break into some wrecks offshore and ches light.

I understand i wont becable to go out and troll for tuna and stuff....just want to stretch my legs more than i can with my skiff
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Originally Posted by willf650 View Post
I had a 20' Seahunt and it had a range in a little in excess of 200 miles and had a 60 gallon tank. If you run out to some of the wrecks 30 or so miles out you will be the smallest boat out there. My Sea Hunt was a relatively light boat with a low dead rise. It wasn't the smoothest riding boat but will be a step up from a Carolina Skiff.
thanks! Yea i get it - i will the smallest boat but i like to hear that a 20ft boat can make it. Thats all i want for now lol Just want a better ride and be able to handle the coastline and 20-30 miles out.

My skiff is OK but painfull....any waves or especially chop and im hating life going like 5 knts...
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