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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: So I think I'm ready to upgrade boats Reply with quote

So I'm looking for some imput from guys that been in my shoes. Currently I fish out of a 20.5ft cc angler...it does get down for a 20 fter!! I've fished the stream numerus times, from the big Rock to the steeples and never once felt unsafe however with a 23-24fter sporting a 9ft beam my days are not as limited. Currently I've got my eyes on the 23ft tidewater adventure cc and 24ft sea hunt triton. They both have pros and cons. Big thing for me is I would like to have the digital gauges so I'll have enough reAL estate for twin screens and big livewells are important aswell. They have similar hull designs, both have the nice Carolina flare and same number of strakes. The triton has a 21 deg dead rise and the adventure has a 20 deg so I would think the triton would land a little softer but I'm no hull engineer.

As many of you I have yellowfin, contender and onslow bay dreams but at this point ive got to foucus on bang for my buck. Trying to stay around 30k...any imput or guidance on my first upgrade would be greatly appreciated!!
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The triton model will be better ride.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The triton model will be better ride.


I've heard that from a few people..what do you have before the gamefisher?
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The triton model will be better ride.


I've heard that from a few people..what do you have before the gamefisher?


Me personally nothing. Gamefish was first owned boat. Have ridden on several other brands and smaller boats and none compare in that range imo.

If you were talking about the newer 23 ultra to the tidewater I think you would see those 2 boats being pretty similar just would come down to layout. The older triton sea hunt hulls is what turned into the gamefish series
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: So I think I'm ready to upgrade boats Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck to you. Boat hunting is so much fun!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a little biased but you might take a peek at the Key West 244. It can be rigged with a single or duals.

Fred at Collins Marine in Smithfield will hook you up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would talk to Chris Jones at Carolina Outboard in Hampstead and take a ride on the Sportsman 251.

I'm not sold on Tidewater. My coworker has a 2016 Tidewater 23 with some pretty serious looking stress cracks in the transom around the motor bracket. It is going back next week for a second attempt at repairs.

Nothing wrong with the SeaHunt 24 or GF 25. They're not going to impress with fit and finish, but they are good fishing boats.

I would also look at the Ken craft 23ft. They are under new ownership, but the boat is awesome.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm a little biased but you might take a peek at the Key West 244. It can be rigged with a single or duals.

Fred at Collins Marine in Smithfield will hook you up.


They are sweet looking! A friend of mine picked up a 24 with twin 150s..I've yet to ride on it. Don't they have the same hull as a tidewater?
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

check out those Sportsman boats they look sweet! every time I drive by in Hampstead I say they are good lookin boats  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like several have stated, Sportsman gives you a great fit and finish, and lots for your money. A great riding boat!
I purchased my bay boat last winter from Chris Jones at Carolina Outboards. Great family!

Stop bye and speak with Chris or Dominick this weekend at the Bass & Saltwater expo Raleigh, Fri - Sun.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did we miss the point that he wants to stay around $30k?
These all seem a little out of that range.....Even used!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

est922 wrote:
Bharbaugh wrote:
I'm a little biased but you might take a peek at the Key West 244. It can be rigged with a single or duals.

Fred at Collins Marine in Smithfield will hook you up.


They are sweet looking! A friend of mine picked up a 24 with twin 150s..I've yet to ride on it. Don't they have the same hull as a tidewater?


I missed the 30k comment.

They are not the same Hull as Tidewater. When Tidewater first started out some of their hulls were built in the Key West Factory. And as much as I defended Tidewater on this forum, I have come to find they are having their fair share of quality issues.

I had a Tidewater 216 with a Suzuki 175 for 8 years before I upgraded to the KW244.

One thing I can tell you about Key West is they stand by their boat like a pit bull. Their forum is awesome and the Plant Manager (Tom Marlowe) answers most requests on the forum. He considers it part of his job.

I doubt you could find a used KW 244 or 239 under 30k. But I can guarantee you if you buy one you wont regret it.

And about other brands... Personally I would take deadrise (even 1 degree) over a whole lot of other stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made the jump from 21ft Robalo to a 24ft Sea Hunt Triton back in 2013. It is a 2008. I really like it... of course there are days that I can't go / won't go. It has a single 250. It has opened more options for me... areas that I can fish comfortably due to the increased size, more fuel, better livewell. In addition to being able to cover greater distance, I can also take my complete arsenal of equipment to switch up my plans based on weather conditions. In my Robalo, I had very little space for a dozen or more rods. It is also a good looking boat.
I've been happy with mine.. I'm aware of its limitations and its advantages.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: boat hunting Reply with quote

I know a guy with a 26 roballo in your price range, sweet boat with twins. around 600 hrs on it and think it is a 2005. if you are interested PM me and ill get you his info
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Rock Boat Sales in Moorehead NC just listed a 236CC cobia with a F-250 - 165 hrs. 37,500
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bharbaugh wrote:
Big Rock Boat Sales in Moorehead NC just listed a 236CC cobia with a F-250 - 165 hrs. 37,500



That's a really good looking both for the money.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mdwomble wrote:
check out those Sportsman boats they look sweet! every time I drive by in Hampstead I say they are good lookin boats


I looked at the 23 this am. Boat looked nice but didn't appear to have a good live well setup. Maybe I missed something but aside from that it looked good.
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your looking to go bigger do it or you will be wanting to move up from a 23-24 in a year. A 25-31 center console is a whole different game from what your talking about in those smaller single engine boats. I've seen some nice twin engine 25 parkers in your price range before. That's just one example of a bigger-better hull. If you are wanting a boat that can back water fish and hit the ocean on occasion a 21-24 is ideal in the bay boat hulls. I'm a full time guide so spend a lot of time on the water observing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Capt. Cane wrote:
If your looking to go bigger do it or you will be wanting to move up from a 23-24 in a year. A 25-31 center console is a whole different game from what your talking about in those smaller single engine boats. I've seen some nice twin engine 25 parkers in your price range before. That's just one example of a bigger-better hull. If you are wanting a boat that can back water fish and hit the ocean on occasion a 21-24 is ideal in the bay boat hulls. I'm a full time guide so spend a lot of time on the water observing.



Not sue that I can fit that in my budget. I get it fishing isn't a poor mans game and I work hard so maybe I should try to play harder..I've seen a few nice boats that size, one I loved 26ft sea hunt Triton. It had all the bells and whistles so i just had to get in and fish..the 800 hrs on the twin 06 Yamaha 150 4 strokes with brand new lower units scared me a little..but it was kept in a dry stack and it looks immaculate so probably well maintained as well.. In addition I would probably be forced to keep it in the water. I live on a very tight road off the icw and building a dock at this point is out of question. What stinks is, like I tell my wife every time the first digit goes up you get so much more but at some point I have to draw a line and be responsible...
  
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