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Old 06-14-2019, 02:39 PM
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I live in a small seaside town on buzzards bay. I’m new to boating and really like the Keywest 239fs and 219fs. We usually frequent Naushon,and bassets on friends and relatives boats. I will be using the boat I get for similar day trips. So my question is this. Is a 219fs with a 150 yamaha going to handle buzzards bay or should I look for the bigger 239fs with a 250 Yamaha. I personally like the 239 better, but they are a little harder to find in the northeast.
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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In Buzzards, the bigger, the better. Those afternoon winds can really churn up the sea coming out of Bassetts Island. My opinion is that the 219 is underpowered with only a 150. Get the 239 with the 250. That will be a world of difference.
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When you say you “visit Naushon island,” you mean you like drive past it, or you are an invited guest of the Forbes and you tie up? I didn’t think they allowed the hoi polloi to beach and walk around...

But yeah a 21 foot cc boat will do you just fine in Buzzards. Just avoid being wind-against-tide. I think one of the boat clubs uses Key West boats in Buzzards- I see a fair number of them. 150 might be a little underpowered, tho. 200 seems like a better HP for a 21. Just my $.02
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There’s no magic size and plenty of days a 40’ boat feels small in bad conditions. I agree going as big as possible is not something you’ll regret.
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Check twice...buy once. I believe it's a "wet" boat. The Bay can get ugly pretty fast. That was my findings when I looked at them some years ago. Your and others opinion may differ. Good luck
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Originally Posted by chainsaw42 View Post
There’s no magic size and plenty of days a 40’ boat feels small in bad conditions. I agree going as big as possible is not something you’ll regret.
Do you really think a 25 foot boat is a good boat for a
beginner? Trailering, getting up and down the
ramp, or in an out of a slip? Towing a double axle trailer at the absolute max of his truck’s towing capacity with zero horizontal wiggle room on the highway? Towing something with a 9’ beam over the Bourne Bridge in the summer? That’s a pretty big ride to learn on. I’ve put a boat on a trailer no less than 5,000 times and it’s still not exactly easy with a 25’ and a t top in a stiff cross wind.

If if I was picking out a boat for OP, I’d steer him toward a 199 sea fox or something along those lines. Lots of freeboard, fishes pretty big, runs just fine with a 115 and a single axle trailer.
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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post
Towing a double axle trailer at the absolute max of his truck’s towing capacity
Oops... I was thinking of that other thread where the OP was talking about buying a Yamaha jet boat. We have no idea what this Op’s Truck towing capacity is. or if he intends to slip or moor the boat.

OP, are you towing? Or a slip or a mooring?
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I see no problem having a 25' boat as a first boat as long as you're responsible and take the right prep steps. My first powerboat was 26'. honestly I'd rather be a beginner in a 25' on buzzards bay than a beginner in a 21'. both require using your brain though.
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Originally Posted by Old Hooker View Post
Check twice...buy once. I believe it's a "wet" boat. The Bay can get ugly pretty fast. That was my findings when I looked at them some years ago. Your and others opinion may differ. Good luck
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I spent a decent amount of time on a buddys kw 2300 in bb, ccb. It wasnt a wet boat but would pound your fillings out. Did pretty ok for what it was though

that being said coming outa basstts wind vs tide in the afternoon almost any cc will get wet at some point. it even happened a few times in my 33cc.

OP go 239

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Originally Posted by bones1918 View Post
When you say you “visit Naushon island,” you mean you like drive past it, or you are an invited guest of the Forbes and you tie up? I didn’t think they allowed the hoi polloi to beach and walk around...

But yeah a 21 foot cc boat will do you just fine in Buzzards. Just avoid being wind-against-tide. I think one of the boat clubs uses Key West boats in Buzzards- I see a fair number of them. 150 might be a little underpowered, tho. 200 seems like a better HP for a 21. Just my $.02
I believe the hoi polloi are allowed on the beach, but no further, on Naushon Island in Tarpaulin Cove. This is a great place for a day trip or to drop the hook for the night (given the wind isn't from E-S, which is pretty rare).
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I'd go as big as you can get/afford. A 24 degree hull would be beneficial, and I believe the KeyWest has a stepped hull, but only 19˚ in the aft section (???). We come out of West Falmouth harbor and go up to Bassett's quite often. The return trip in the afternoon can be quite a wet ride, even in my 33 footer.

Sometimes it's better if you go to Kettle Cove or around to Tarpaulin cove and are going with the seas on the way back.

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