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  • Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

    Can anyone point me in a good direction? Im looking for something to go 20 miles offshore in decent weather. Thanks!

    -Randy B


  • #2
    Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

    Welcome to iboats!

    A lot depends on off of which shore you want go, but I think you're going to want to go at least 25'. Bad weather can come up one you really quickly.

    A huge part of the equation is the experience and skill of the skipper.
    Bob
    Orange County, NY
    '88 Bayliner 1700 Capri Bowrider, 85 HP Force O/B, "Sea Weasel"
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    Disclaimer: Although I am a member of the USCG Auxiliary, the opinions and advice in my replies are my own and do not necessarily reflect CG or CG Auxiliary policy or regulations unless so specified.

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

      I know here in Central Florida Craigslist is full of some low priced 22+ foot off shore fishing machines ready to go well within your price range. Shop smart and in this economy you can get a steal!
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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

        Well im pretty skilled.I hold a 1600 gt offshore as well as a Master of towing vessels license. Im in love with the proline 23sport which is 24 ft, and i really like this 22 ft wellcraft but it has a 2001 Evinrude 175 FICT that is scaring the crap out of me due to some research on the internet.

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

          Im in Jax Fl. Ive been searching within 250 miles ive sent a lot of emails going to hit the phone tomorrow.

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

            http://m.boattrader.com/find/listing/323961

            Theres 2 pro lines im looking into one has a yammy 225 efi 2 stroke 2003
            Other has a 2003 efi merc 225xxl salt

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

              around here the 21' CC with a 150 is a popular rig for that but you have to pick your days. If you get caught in bad weather (of the type one is typically caught in) you will be safe. People take them out in the ocean but also in the Bay you are easily 10-20 miles from land. A 5-10 year old rig can be had for $15-18000; older ones less.

              Look for an old hull of good quality with newer OB.

              I can't tell from your question what you already know, what you have already narrowed down to, what you think your passenger capacity needs are. Or what your "boat condition" tolerance is. Also is this a trailer boat or slip boat? dry slip/rack? that makes a big difference.
              You can get a 32' cabin boat for less than $8000.

              Carolina Skiff is the safest most durable inexpensive high-passenger capacity popular boat going but it has a rougher ride. It's all a trade-off.

              So can you give us a better idea of what you are considering besides price?
              A man of constant boat tinkering.

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                Originally posted by stangbanger View Post
                http://m.boattrader.com/find/listing/323961

                Theres 2 pro lines im looking into one has a yammy 225 efi 2 stroke 2003
                Other has a 2003 efi merc 225xxl salt
                Prolines have those big wide gunwales and excellant design. A friend takes her 21' off shore all the time in the mid-Atlantic
                A man of constant boat tinkering.

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                  Originally posted by stangbanger View Post
                  http://m.boattrader.com/find/listing/323961

                  Theres 2 pro lines im looking into one has a yammy 225 efi 2 stroke 2003
                  Other has a 2003 efi merc 225xxl salt
                  The boat is fine. I don't like either of the motors. Both are gas hogs. I would hold out for DFI at a min, 4 stroke would be ideal
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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                    Duh....... this is iboats!! http://boats.iboats.com/
                    This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
                    Please, shop iboats first!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                      Im stuck on a 2003 pro line 23s with a yamaha 225 efi with 114 hours. Boat is really clean and motor low hours. No electronics is the only knock. Listed at 21500. With 2 axle trailer

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                      • #12
                        Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                        sounds good
                        A man of constant boat tinkering.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                          As an above poster mentioned the fuel consumption on those motors, and after some research wow! I guess im starting at ground zero looking for an opti or 4 stroke! I cant seem to find many Pro lines with that setup. I thought i had it all figured out oh well.

                          If i went with a 21 ft proline with a 150 saltwarer efi. do you guys have any experience on fuel efficiency ?
                          Im open to any other suggestions on boats as well, im looking in a 300 mile spread.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                            Originally posted by stangbanger View Post
                            Im in Jax Fl. Ive been searching within 250 miles ive sent a lot of emails going to hit the phone tomorrow.
                            Stang I am also from Jax Fl, if you have any questions let me know. We have been going offshore Jax for 15+ years now. Don't let people talk you into a larger boat than you can afford, when we see many 18ft+ boats go 20 miles out here.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Looking for a 20 plus ft fishing boat less than 20,000 USED

                              Originally posted by stangbanger View Post
                              If i went with a 21 ft proline with a 150 saltwarer efi. do you guys have any experience on fuel efficiency ?
                              Im open to any other suggestions on boats as well, im looking in a 300 mile spread.
                              Downsizing HP isn't the answer. It takes X amount of HP to push a given boat and it takes X BTU's to generate that HP. The only way to reduce fuel consumption is to increase the efficiency of the motor or go with a lighter, smaller boat.

                              To give you an idea of fuel usage, I’m running a 200HP and getting 1.97 MPG at 4,300 RPM-27 kts. The same boat, running a 250HP 4 stroke is getting 2.87 MPG and a 300HP 4 stroke is getting 2.9 MPG . Granted, I'm running carbed 2 stroke but a EFi 2 stroke doesn't buy you much more
                              Grady White 226
                              200 Evinrude Ocean Pro
                              Evinrude Renegade Offshore Prop

                              Furuno FCV 587 Sounder
                              Garmin 4208 Multifunction Display
                              ICOM M504A VHF
                              Shakespeare Galaxy 5225-XT Antennas

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