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Old 03-22-2018, 10:35 PM
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If you had $50,000 to spend on a boat, new or used, for use in Northern California (think Monterey to Redding, San Francisco to Lake Tahoe), which boat would you pick and why?

For me, it was a used 22’ Robalo dual console that combined fitness for choppy saltwater with trailerability. Being able to trailer makes it a versatile boat to use in the SF Bay or Sac Delta or lakes. In retrospect, though, since the SF Bay can be pretty choppy and it doesn’t get that warm I might have gone for something a bit longer and with more coverage (e.g., Albin 28).
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If I only had 50k to spend, I'd just keep what I have. A Maycraft 2300 Pilot House. Seems perfect for the NorCal coast to me.

I don't need deadrise to run out here. I like the flatter transom to run in following seas here every afternoon pretty much. I like the pilot house on the Maycraft because it is a flat deck and no cabin door, open backed.

I fish mostly solo or with my dog, so the 23 is fine for length.

It is easy to trailer, launch and retrieve, plenty of room, keeps me dry and warm in the fog and rain.

My dream rig is something like the rarer than rare 26' Regulator Express or the custom Freeman PilotHouse that Jimmy Buffett just bought.
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Quality welded aluminum boat like Boulton, Woolridge, or Rogue Jet. Light and easy to pull. Good canvas for rough weather and the cold. Deep hulls with a lot of dead rise.
Something in the 20-23 foot range with an off-shore bracket, a good sized main 150-200 hp and a kicker motor.
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Originally Posted by mr_mbuna View Post
If you had $50,000 to spend on a boat, new or used, for use in Northern California (think Monterey to Redding, San Francisco to Lake Tahoe), which boat would you pick and why?

For me, it was a used 22’ Robalo dual console that combined fitness for choppy saltwater with trailerability. Being able to trailer makes it a versatile boat to use in the SF Bay or Sac Delta or lakes. In retrospect, though, since the SF Bay can be pretty choppy and it doesn’t get that warm I might have gone for something a bit longer and with more coverage (e.g., Albin 28).
I'd buy an old 23 seacraft sceptre with new power. The 23 seacraft hull is better than just about any hull on the market today and you can get them for next to nothing. There is a HUGE difference in temp b/w the delta and SF. Bay. 23 is as large as I would go, b/c of all the hills.

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No more wood boats and no more fiberglass boats.
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No more wood boats and no more fiberglass boats.
Oh lord! What does that leave . . . Ferro Cement and Tin? A scalding hot aluminum deck baking in the Delta sun is great for bare feet.
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I run a 21 ft north River Seahawk with a Yamaha 150 for the SF bay and the delta also. Spend a lot of time in lakes.
Boat is 23 ft with offshore bracket.
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Originally Posted by BigShrimpin View Post
I'd buy an old 23 seacraft sceptre with new power. The 23 seacraft hull is better than just about any hull on the market today and you can get them for next to nothing. There is a HUGE difference in temp b/w the delta and SF. Bay. 23 is as large as I would go, b/c of all the hills.

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Great hull designs except almost all of them are rotted foam ans plywood and need to be built from stringers up....

there are 50 million of them on cape cod where I boat and buddy does restorations on them.
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