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Old 10-11-2018, 06:34 AM
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Bluewater 23T.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:23 AM
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My 233 formula is the essentially the same hull as a 24 Albemarle, blackfin, and many others. Many friends are very impressed how well it handles chop and rough water under way. Not so much while anchored but it knocks them down pretty well. If I had the budget I'd be going for the 27 albie
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:45 AM
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Thanks to all for your input...great advice. Yes I would like to trailer the boat. I have an Ford Diesel F250 so towing won't be an issue. I need the forward seating as I like to take my family out from time to time. I intend to use it in the bay 95% of the time.

Since the season is ending I am not in any big hurry and intend to look around until I hopefully find the right boat. Would love to get into a regulator but damn they are expensive. Saw a nice one yesterday 26 ft FS with twin 225's at 65K...trying to stay away from pricing that put's me in the DZ (Divorce Zone) lol!

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Old 10-11-2018, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by heycharlie View Post
Really didn't say what you expect the boat to do other than knock down bay chop... Only fish bay? what kind fishing would you like boat to do?
Like 2 others here have already mentioned bigger is better
Prefer to troll using planar boards during Trophy Season and a 5 rod set up in summer/fall. Some light tackle jigging/live lining and the occasional (yuk) chumming but 80% of my fishing is trolling
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:09 PM
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I run a Wellcraft Fisherman 252 CC in the bay and offshore all the time. It has been a great all around boat that fits your criteria.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:15 PM
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I bought a 26 regulator a few years ago ......you will never beat that ride,it’s hands down the best I’ve ever been in.....this boat will handle anything you can give it......eats a bay chop up
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family time with forward seating
tons of storage
get a enclosure for fall and winter time fishing

a 26 regulator will not disappoint you
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:43 PM
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Check out my Grady 273. I don’t think you would be disappointed and she’s in your budget.
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:08 AM
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If I were to do it again I would get a regulator or contender in need of new power. I would then repower and have one less thing to worry about. Those boats will always have buyers and if you decide to move up (like I did) a repowered classic hull will sell fast. I loved my contender 27 open (30') for everything from the Chesapeake to the canyon. I went bigger only because I love marlin fishing so much.
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:10 AM
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also, one other point to mention about most of the boats mentioned, is the length (which usually improves ride, but not always). Some contenders are actually much longer than the model number implies...I believe the "27T" is actually closer to 30 as an example. The regulator 26 is actually 28'4.5". Dont let the model numbers fool you---do a little extra research to KNOW what you would be getting. Boats should be measured from the BOW (not the pulpit / anchor tip ) to the point where an engine is bolted to the bracket / euro bracket / transom. We all know that in general, ride improves with length and weight. I find that contenders usually out-perform most boats in speed, due to hull shape / weight. Regulator is a bit more smooth / dry, due to hull design and weight. You will never find a boat that is perfect in every category. its all about compromise. Regulator / Contender / SeaVee are my top choices (in no particular order) When i bought mine (Reg 26FS) it was hands down the best deal for me at the time. It made the most sense for where it was located, trailer / motors / upkeep, etc etc.
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:13 AM
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I went from a 17' CC to a Glacier Bay 2670; 400 hours; 150 hpdi; 15 years old - very clean. I paid $28K. Added trailer for $9K. Find something similar and that leaves a lot in your budget to either really clean one up or repower. Solid boat and may be the last one I buy.

First trip was from Big Pine to Naples - 22-28mph winds. Boat did great. Rides great. Took her out just last weekend and got skinny - like 1.5'. Drifted over the first sand bar and was about 100' from land. Proceeded to land a nice 35" cobia on my trout rig.

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Need to get a Rhodan and keep her skinny all the time. I throw a kayak in her as well. Good tarpon boat too. Going offshore in a couple weeks. It's a boat for all seasons and waters.

Bottom line - give a cat a good look before you stop shopping.

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Old 10-12-2018, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by deephookset View Post
Prefer to troll using planar boards during Trophy Season and a 5 rod set up in summer/fall. Some light tackle jigging/live lining and the occasional (yuk) chumming but 80% of my fishing is trolling
After reading this is sounds like the big deep V CC's like Contender or Regulator. Someone mentioned the Kencraft 235, that has over 20 degrees of deadrise in the stern. I think Sailfish are variable deadrise hull with 20+ degrees at the stern as well. All great options since you mostly troll. If you anchored or drifted or did more LTJ you might want something with a little flatter stern to minimize roll when stopped. Since you troll mostly it does not sound like maneuvering in shallow water is of importance to you so a lot of deadrise is okay.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:43 AM
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:09 PM
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I rehabbed a 20 foot pursuit and loved that boat. She found a new home and I moved into a 1991 Mako 231. It's a very different animal. Monday I was running 36 in a 3' chop while sipping on a cold Bud Light. She's trailerable, not to big to load/unload by myself, and affordable to run. I'm a fan of the older hulls with the new power. I've found that there a lot of well kept old girls out there, with good dependable strapped on the stern you may be able to get a lot more for your money.
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Originally Posted by SAXIS ISLANDER View Post
I rehabbed a 20 foot pursuit and loved that boat. She found a new home and I moved into a 1991 Mako 231. It's a very different animal. Monday I was running 36 in a 3' chop while sipping on a cold Bud Light. She's trailerable, not to big to load/unload by myself, and affordable to run. I'm a fan of the older hulls with the new power. I've found that there a lot of well kept old girls out there, with good dependable strapped on the stern you may be able to get a lot more for your money.
Thanks Saxis Islander, I like the Mako hull but all that I have seen don't have a head or the forward seating I need
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Old 10-23-2018, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rocksandblues View Post
That's a used boat budget
Find a used cat. Eats Bay chop up

Hydrasports and edgewater are very nice quality boats. A larger quality boat will be a huge difference from a 21'


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They are very nicely suited to our particular waters. nice compromise boat for drifting and chop. They are not offshore wave smashers. or 30 mph 3' bay wave machines
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small cat will eat that up! 230sf world cat plenty of boat for the chesapeake and easier to trailer.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:31 PM
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Southport 26. Can’t beat the ride and construction
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by keezdisease View Post
Southport 26. Canít beat the ride and construction
I am biased, but I agree. These generally run closer to $70k for ~2006 model year, but there are those that pop up and surprise you:
https://www.boattrader.com/listing/2...dard%20listing
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:41 AM
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There is no replacement for displacement and with that being said judge boats are way light in that aspect as are some other boats. Look at grady whites as they have built more boats that most company's. Tried and true. The 26 express comes to mind. Bottom line is pros and cons on all boats but weight is what gives a boat a good ride for the most part.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by keezdisease View Post
Southport 26. Canít beat the ride and construction
MIght be a stretch for your price range but this boat checks all the boxes including forward seating and ride. The boat is 9í6Ē wide and is pretty efficient model especially in rough seas when no tabbing (to keep the bow down) is required like some other Deep veeís mentioned earlier.
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I know itís a bit smaller than you are looking for but check out a restored or well maintained Potter hull Seacraft. While I will be in the market for a 26 Reg next year, if fish quite a bit on my buddies 23 Seacraft. I believe itís a 1974 but in pretty good shape. Fished anywhere from the 1st island to the south wall of the canyon (wx permitting). One of the best riding hulls I have been on. With your price range Iím sure you could pick one up that has been restored and fitted with a newer outboard. If I didnít want to do more offshore fishing, Iíd be buying a 23 SC
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