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Old 07-09-2018, 02:54 PM
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Would like some advice on type of boat good for my needs.

Interested in a boat to tour around the harbors (Newport/Long Beach) and take out into the ocean off Southern California for short trips from Newport along the coast to Dana Point or to Long Beach. Would like it to seat up to 4-5 people and have a fun factor with some power. Needs to be stable and forgiving to a novice boater. I used to have a Bayliner runabout that I took out to lakes, but no experience in the ocean. I would get some training and knowledge before venturing out, but want a boat that can handle the local waters easily for a beginner.

Any thoughts on type of boat, length, engine size that would be suitable for my needs?

Willing to spend up to $25,000 on a used boat.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:47 PM
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Look for a dual console boat 18-21 ft. Your price range though, you will be getting a boat that is going to need maintenance on it whether it’s the outboard or upholstry etc. and probably 15-20 years old. I would stay away from I/O engines. Find a boat with an outboard not any older than 10-15 years preferably Yamaha or Suzuki. Outboards today are very reliable and cheaper to work on.
Boat prices have skyrocketed. People want 20-30% more $ than what the boat would Bluebook for.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by piperpilot12w View Post
...Interested in a boat to ... take out into the ocean off Southern California ... for short trips from Newport along the coast to Dana Point
About a 12 mile run SE. Might be snotty heading back into that afternoon northwesterly breeze. You'll need some wind and spray protection.

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or to Long Beach.
About a 20 or so mile run NW. Leave early before it blows. The sleigh ride home may require a skill set you need to acquire.

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Would like it to seat up to 4-5 people and have a fun factor with some power.
Maybe check out some older 22' to 30' Sea Ray boats. Yachtworld is a good place to start your search. Avoiding I/O's is the problem.

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Needs to be stable and forgiving
Avoid boats that look tippy.

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... want a boat that can handle the local waters easily for a beginner.
Take your seamanship course before you buy. Stay in the bay (or close to it) until you consider yourself competent. It's as much about you as it is the boat.

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Willing to spend up to $20,000 on a used boat.
Look at boats priced up to $30,000 and make some offers. Be willing to travel and ship (or tow) back home.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:23 AM
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Thanks for the replies.

You say boat prices are high right now. Is that because of the time of year right now, or the economy being strong? Would I find prices much lower during the winter?

Other than Sea Ray, are there any other manufactures that are known to make quality boats of this type? Also, any ones I should avoid?

As far as length of the boat, I'm assuming the longer it is, the more stable it will be in the ocean. Is that a correct assumption or is there more to it?
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:17 AM
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I recommend posting a new thread in the Boating Forum. You may get some additional replies. Your questions are not specific to SoCal. Good luck.
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:25 PM
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So Cal water is cooold.

I kept a center console in Newport and you might have 100 inland, 75-80 in Newport and it can feel like winter running on the water. Harbor, not so much. So maybe look for something with protection,,,from sun too.

Also, if you plan to slip the boat, look around for slips before you buy a boat. The slip can be more challenging than the boat

Longer is less important than width and dead rise is most important for stability.

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