Another Help pick a boat thread

Old 10-12-2020, 06:04 PM
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Hello all,

It is about that time that I can finally get a new boat after years of mooching off others now that we have finally settled down after years in the military. I have been on this site for prob 10 years researching but the problem is I am paralyzed by the sheer options and different types for different uses. I was hoping you could take a look at my 'musthaves/desires/uses" and pick me the boat YOU would get and WHY if you were in my shoes so I can narrow down the choices and do some seatrials, etc as trying to narrow this on my own is horrible haha.

Uses and Must haves:
Home Base - Gig Harbor, WA (South Puget Sound Marine Area 11/13)
Budget: can prob do up to 150k out the door tax, title, license, and outfitted with electronics, etc ( Don't everyone pick the priciest boat I wanna retire someday haha)
New vs Used: I have subpar mechanic skills and no time to work on stuff that often so prefer new or a boat version of certified preowned only a few years old
Boat Size: not too big, not too small, I'd say like 20-27ft
Aluminum vs Fiberglass: Don't care but see below about mooring the boat year round if that makes a difference in your mind(I can't find good info on mooring aluminum most of the year)
Family size - Wife and 2 kids ages 10 and 5 (occasionally adding my dad who gets seasick easily)
Storage- I plan to Moor the boat with only occasional trailering if we are headed somewhere far like San Juans. Moorage will likely be Gig Harbor Marina area or possibly on a friends mooring buoy in Henderson Bay
Where we plan to go: 90% of time will be South Sound, (Gig Harbor, Pt Defiance, Narrows, Nisqually)
10% of time will be San Juans, Seattle area, Whidbey, large lakes, etc
Fishing(70%): mostly trolling for salmon, bottom fish, crab and Ling. No Tuna. Halibut once in a blue moon if weather looks good
Cruising(30%): going to other docks, maybe staying the night on the boat if we head somewhere off the beaten path, doubt I'd beach the boat in the sound with all the rocks
Must have features: Pilot House Hard top, Stand alone head(wife requirement), self bailing deck, "safe" boat if weather comes up but I won't purposely head into bad weather
Ride: I don't need to go fast but I also don't want an 8 kt Trawler speed either

Anyway, thank you all in advance for your help as I'm sure many of you have been in my shoes. I feel like I have been researching for years on end and I keep making it worse and more complicated every year I look haha.
Looking forward to your suggestions,


Old 10-16-2020, 10:54 AM
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I have been boating in the South Sound for 50 plus years, live behind Raft Island in Rosedale. I have had a Grady White 2008 Tournament 22.5' (Freedom) dual console with F 250 yamaha and 9.9 kicker. It has been the best boat I have owned and the dealer in Edmonds is very good. The dual console is a fine boat for 8 months of the year, has a toilet and tows tubers, skiers just fine. You might look for a used grady with a cabin although I think they are scarce. The Gradys ride well, are fairly efficent (3 mpg in my 225) and very durable. Yamaha has been flawless although I think that most of the engines are pretty good now.
I also have a wood boat built by Sam Devlin that looks more like a lobster boat with a removable aft bulkhead. That boat is in Edmonds, is 33' long and has twin 300 hp outboards. I dont't think there would be much room in a 27' cabin boat, even the 33 is tight. Sam can build you whatever you want. The larger the boat the more expensive obviously, both initial cost and operational costs.
I have seen some pilot house Parkers around that look pretty comfortable. There is a nice Pursuit in our bay but it is a larger boat, probably close to 40. Whaler makes a good looking boat but I had bad luck with Lake Union Sea Ray and the dealer is an important part of the equation although there is a pretty good independent mechanic at Narrows Marina. I have been much happier with outboards that the I/O that my dad had.

Both boats on our dock
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Hi Cory, forgive me for ignoring your "must haves" but I'm selling my Campion 682 (on boatrader, likely the only one there). Its a hardtop, but not pilot house so may not work for you. Its been a great boat for me and my wife for weekend trips to the south sound and San Juans. We chose it over the Grady 228 and 232 primarily because of the layout of the cabin and head, not to mention a whole lot less than the 232. If you are interested or just want to see another option, I'm in Bellevue.
But to get back to your actual question, given your criteria, I'd look at a C-Dory/SeaSport and those types of glass boats. I have nothing against the aluminum builders, but I know non of them fit the desires of the better half. Master Marine in Mt Vernon usually has a good selection. Another one to look at is Ranger Tugs. We're moving up to a Ranger 29, but the 23 and 25 are very comfy and outboard powered. Not fishing boats, but certainly fishable.
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Hi Gary if I was in California or just a fairweather boater I'd be all over that boat as it looks great but I plan on doing some winter blackmouth down here and we tend to get family visiting more in the winter also so I'd unfortunately like a full enclosure since its chilly. Anyway thank you both for the suggestions as they confirmed what I have mainly been looking at and what I thought would work for us. Hopefully the Seattle boat show is going to happen this year as I can hone in on some of the fiberglass suggested and keep my eye out for some good deals on the used market.

thanks again and hopefully by the spring i'll have an update although it may be 2022 spring as you never know with this Covid thing and the economy.

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