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Moving up to a bigger boat - Best hull

Old 11-30-2018, 06:57 AM
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A few people here have heard me say this before, but I think one of the best bang for the buck boats out there is a Dusky.
No frills, and they do things I don't care for, like cheap deck hatches. But hatches are easily remedied, and they are a really tough boat and they ride well.
I've been on a couple, but one I fish very frequently is a 20'. That lil boat is badass.
There's a 25 in FL for sale now for 25k. I'd make him an offer and repower it and you'd have a heluva ride for 60k.
Nothing against a Reg, or Contenders. But to pick one up with reliable power, you're gonna make some sacrifices (ie., very tired hull) or you're gonna blow your budget.
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Hollywood9s View Post
Off the top of my head, hulls that are known for ride quality.......
Regulator 26
Contender 23T or 25T
Hydra Sports Vector 2500 or 2596
Cape Horn 24 Offshore
Sailfish 2660
Bluewater 2550

You'll be looking at used in that price range, but should be able to find a very well cared for hull with low hour motors for your posted budget.
This is a really good short list.

I'd throw the Albemarle 248 into the mix. Alot of folks are turned off by the I/O but if you focus on a 2000 or newer they have a jackshaft and there are alot of these boats powered with a Volvo diesel. The jackshaft is a slick design that moves the engine 4' forward of the stern so you have full access to the transom for landing fish. Also moving that motor forward allows to a much better ride than any outboard boat (even a regulator or contender). Also these boat have a 24 degree deadrise so cut through the chop like a knife. Diesels sip fuel and will run forever. These boats usually have a windlass factory installed and a real toilet which the family would appreciate. Cabin will likely become a dump space for locking rods and tackle down there while she sits at the slip. Lastly these boats usually found with a hardtop with full curtains, which your crew will thank you for when fishing those chilly mornings or rainy days.
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