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Southern California Fishing: What Size of Boat?

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Southern California Fishing: What Size of Boat?

Old 02-10-2019, 01:13 PM
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Yes, thanks for posting this. I live in SoCal and I'm just beginning to build my first boat.
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by sharkwaters View Post

I live near Dana Point and I'm now on my third boat over 20 years. As my income went up, boat size went up.
Boat 1. 20 Shamrock Pilot house, 302 gas with 60 gallons of fuel. The boat was reasonable well built, but range was good for within 30 miles. I put 800 hours and 5 years.

Boat 2. Blackman 26 Express, straight shaft 200 Volvo. I put a tower with controls on it and replaced the Volvo with Yanmar 240. I owned for 12 years and 1800 hours between the 2 engines. Great fuel economy, raised a lot of fish trolling. The Express allowed running at night behind isinglass and driving from the tower during the day-best of both worlds.

Boat 3 and the one I currently own and recommend and is in your price range. Henriques 28 Express with tower and twin diesels. It carries 220 gallons of fuel and gets better than 2 MPG. I fished a Marlin tournament and the fish were at San Clemente Island. I ran 300 miles, in which 1/2 was at 20 knots and 1/2 at 7.4 Knots. I used 123 gallons of diesel. The boat handles our ocean very well, in fact it is the best riding boat I have owned- good down swell, quartering and in a head sea. This summer was windy and rough, I ran at 17 knots into the head sea and the boat did not get air born. Check Yacht World. You would need to buy one in NJ or Florida and ship it here. The tower seat and controls are made to be removed, not cut apart. The Henriques family are the nicest people you would ever meet and will help in every step of the way. The only down side, but one I love is that it is a slip boat only. Harbor life is great BTW.
PM me and I will send you some pics.
I realize this tread is two years old, however I am curious what makes a 28' Henriques a slip only boat, I have seen a few on trailers, it only a 10'3" beam, any boat I own with a beam 12' or less in going on a trailer.
Congratulations to the OP on his purchase,
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