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What Brand would you buy?
Sea Pro  25%  [ 7 ]
Sea King  14%  [ 4 ]
Angler  7%  [ 2 ]
sea swirl  3%  [ 1 ]
other and if so what  48%  [ 13 ]
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blueoceaneyez
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Location: Carolina Beach NC
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:46 am
sea pro, sea king, angler, sea swirl... Of those, I'd go with the Sea King or Sea Pro. We looked at their 23' models earlier and they both look nice, good for fishing all around, and affordable.

Other models to consider for under 30K?? Sea Hunt...Dusky...Nautic Star..maybe a Polar.. All seem to be family friendly. I know the Sea Hunt would be a good family fishing boat.

Also, keep in mind that even brand new boats have their kinks and quarks that could leave you on the bottom of the ocean.. Trust me on that one! :-(

A good time to buy new boats is during close out (now) and boat shows (usually Jan and thru the spring).
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Flashman
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:44 pm
I've been looking at Key West 23' CC, anybody have any pros or cons on them? I don't see a lot of them around and was wondering if they were a good quality boat. Thanks for any input.  
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wavescrash
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:46 pm
quality boat. along the same lines as sea pro, sea hunt etc.  
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jimshady
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:14 pm
thanks for all the good info folks, there has been alot of good info on here, I am doing a little more research on the old boat/new motor theory now. I did get the chance to fish on a similiar machine here recently and was impressed with it so i may look at that a little more.  
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Schneeky
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Location: Cape Fear
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:27 pm
If I were considering buying a new boat, I'd go in for a "checkup from the neckup".. They's a little proud of them rigs now-a-days..
.. I'd say yer on the right track with the older boat/new outboard deal..

.. There's a nice Grady with a blown Yamaha hangin' on it's bracket sittin' over on Yacht drive .. wink :D d:^) Schneeky..
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blueoceaneyez
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:12 pm
Old Boat/New Motor = I've seen some brand new Yamaha 350s selling for $22,000.. not that you'd need one that size on a smaller boat, but just thought I'd throw in a figure for a big one..
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bigfishin
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Location: Wilmington, NC
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:37 pm
Mckee Craft is definitely the way to go. I have a 196 CC and it's not built like a bay boat, it has a Deep V Hull. I've had it out in 6 foot waves before. You would be surprised how well it cuts through the chop. I have a suzuki 140 4 stroke on it and I get about 4 miles to the gallon at cruising speed.  
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casper
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:21 pm
i have a 186 seapro cc and love the boat ive been 10 miles out and had 5 people in it fishing done good with the waves. and still good to fish the waterways and have plenty of room. but thats my opinion!
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hblac
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Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:46 pm
Jim,

I'd add Key West to your list. They make a nice center console and a small walkaround both of which can be found slightly used in your $30K price range. Since you have a young family you might get some use out of the cabin but probably not. They are usually unused space and a WA takes a lot more time to clean and wax than a center console. If you do buy used make sure the power choice is economical to run. Either 4 strokes or direct fuel injected motors like 150-200 Yam HPDI's, later model Ficht's, E-Tec's or Opti's. Stay away from carbed or EFI motors, they are gas eaters and will cut heavily into your boating/fishing budget.

On the Kencraft Sea King, they are a well made boat. Save big money by getting a used Kencraft Challenger 215 center console. Its a big 21 footer and the same design as the Sea King 210. The difference is it has solid heavy wood stringers that will make the boat stronger. Find one with a Yam 200 hpdi and you'll be very happy..........until you get two foot itis.

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Jeremy1
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Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:56 pm
Have you considered the Triumph 215 with ropeline hull? I have heard they are quality hulls.
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JohnnyD
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Location: Greensboro and Oak Island
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Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:46 am
My neighbors Sea Hunt CC is a heck of a boat, and great for a family. I would definitely give then a look.

I bought a Sea Fox 196 CC 2 years ago that I bought for many of the same reasons you are buying, but my budget was smaller. It allowed me to get on the water for about $20,000 with a new boat and new Suz 115 4stroke, electronics - everything except a t-top. Its not a good boat for resale, but if I keep it, use it and keep it maintained, my fun to money ratio will be high. I am glad I bought at least this size - plenty big for a newbie and I don't feel so undersized that I am dying to trade up. In '06, there weren't many used 4 strokes out there so new was the best way for me to go at the time.

That said, I bought my boat prior to finding this website. If I were doing it now, I would use these guys as resources and find a used boat. You can get one completely equipped for your budget. I think a lot of these guys have fun spending other peoples money, and they're the most knowledgeable and friendly around.

Good luck. 8)
  
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LITTLEHENRY
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:07 am
I own a 268 Key West CC. I recently went fishing with a friend on his 23 CC key west with 1 F225 yamaha. Wow it is amazing what 4 more foot of boat and 2 foot wider makes. I felt like was fishing out of a jon boat. The water was a little choppy and I never could get the front of the boat using the trim tabsdown enough to eliminate the slapping. I guess it is just me being use to two motors and a heavier boat.  
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blueoceaneyez
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Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:39 am
I hear ya on that one. Our 26 Sea Hunt rides sooooo much better than the 23 we had. I couldn't believe the difference!

On another note, I saw an ad yesterday for a brand new 256 Dusky outfitted with twin 150 Suzuki 4-strokes for $48,100. There's also a brand new 203A Dusky which includes a leaning post, t-top, 150-hp Zuk 4-stroke and galvanized trailer for $27,895. (ad is on last page of Saltwater Sportsman for Sept and again in October issue)
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wilmingtondk
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Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:22 pm
I'm no expert but I have just gone through the process your are beginning. I have spent the last 2yrs doing my personal research and have found there are some basics that really made a difference to me.

I'll have to agree w/ the comment about McKee Craft and boats like them. By that I mean pressure filled hulls. They make a tremendous difference in how the boat takes rough seas. I personally purchased a Cape Horn 24'11" w/ twin Suzukis and am very pleased. Cape Horn is not well known in these parts as it's a west coast of Florida(Milton) manufacturer. Georgia marine patrol uses them as well.

My first boat was a Maycraft 23' and a good all around boat. However, I fished pretty hard 40+ weekly and started to notice the hull straps and rivets begining to show wear/separation. Thus I started to look for a boat that I could beat to death and handle the longterm wear and tear. After my first ride in the Cape Horn I was sold.

Anyway there aren't a lot of manufactures that offer this type construction that I found. Whaler is one but very pricey as is Edgewater. McKee Craft and Cape Horn are more reasonably priced and no non-sense boats.

I highly recommend checking these one piece hulled boats out especially if you're considering longtrem use.

Also Florida is a great place to purchase a boat as they have 2 coasts and incredible inventory you can check out on boat trader and yatchworld. New or used.
Lastly enjoy the process as you'll learn a lot about boat construction and utimately feel confident in your purchase.
  
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angus
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Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:08 pm
wilmingtondk wrote:

Also Florida is a great place to purchase a boat as they have 2 coasts and incredible inventory you can check out on boat trader and yatchworld. New or used.
Lastly enjoy the process as you'll learn a lot about boat construction and utimately feel confident in your purchase.




I agree, I bought my last two boats in Florida and saved thousands versus the same packages here in NC. One was new one used, saved on both. The new one bought in Jacksonville, it was a day trip. The other in West Palm beach...made a mini vacation out of it.
  
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Fri Jul 15, 2022 3:44 pm
non of the above,Buy a Bluewater,Contender,whitewater,Intrepid.....Great ride and resale.  
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wavescrash
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Sat Jul 16, 2022 8:27 am
This may be the oldest thread Ive ever seen brought back to life. 15 years old! Dang, prices have changed a lot in that time.  
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tegin1
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Sat Jul 16, 2022 9:30 am
Looks like old Nico just spammed a boat for sale.  
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rockhound
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Sat Jul 16, 2022 3:38 pm
Thats hilarious,Didn't even look at the date on this thread!  
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kevin34
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Wed Jul 20, 2022 3:57 am
my recommendation is key west 225
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