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Boat shopping. Need opinions on Carolina Skiff and similar boats

Discussion in 'Sports & Outdoors' started by starsilverado, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. starsilverado

    starsilverado New Member

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    Shopping for a boat to use in the sounds of North Carolina some fishing but mostly recreation and to get out to the barrier islands.
    I am kind of leaning towards a Carolina Skiff but I am open to opinions.
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    I guess it depends on what you are looking to do and what kind of water you will be in. I have a 19.5 ft four winns with a cuddy cabin. It works well for us because it gives the small kids a place to get out of the sun and has a toilet for them. It is great for the medium sized lakes around me and even handles the waves out on the Great lakes well. That being said, I can't take it any where that maybe somewhat shallow as it has a deep v hull. I have friends that river fish and I could never take my boat out with them. Most of them run skiffs or small bass boats. So it really depends on what you are doing. A few guys I know have Boston Whalers. They are really nice boats.
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    I'm guessing your wanting something to deal with some chop? What size range and price range are you looking into. I don't even touch salt Water without an outboard or a flush kit when we had a wakeboard boat on the ocean. I'd look into center consoles and find one with a 250 and you'll be set.
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    Triton center consoles are really nice. About 20 foot or so would probably be alright with a 200+- some HP. Around here we see center consoles out in the gulf by some close platforms in 1-3ft chop catching specks. These same boats we'd see bass fishin in the marsh and then pulling the kids on tubes and hydroslides in the afternoon.

    Guess it all comes down to who you want to give your money to.
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    this thing will kill some tubers.
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    Carolina Skiffs are nice, real popular in that area and they do a great job.
    I've always been a fan of Boston Whalers ever since I watched a demonstration where they cut one in half and it continued to float with the engine and driver in the back end.
    Just about any decent 20+ ft center console would work well in that area.
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    starsilverado New Member

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    yeah well I can dream! that tuber killer is a little (who are we kidding?) way over budget.
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    Thanks for the replies. I want something economical to run and just to get out into the sounds. Where birds sometimes walk on water and crab pots appear to float and the chop can get rough too. Of course the better half wants amenities like cabin and potty. Carolina Skiffs are by far the most popular around the North Carolina coast, Some friends have Sea Pros. So I guess I am asking for other makes that work well in this area.

    Thanks again
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    Yea it's pricey but it's the best island hopper on the market it's nice and heavy and slices thru the water so well. Best boat my family has ever owned.( the picture isn't mine but same motor package
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    it has been a long process !!! have decided on the boat but not on the power. It will be a 150 hp any opinions on Yamaha vs. Mercury

    Kinda like asking a Ford Vs. Dodge question maybe???
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    Owned two yamahas and never lasted anywhere near mercury. They were replaced with mercury. Go verando
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  12. SurrealOne

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    A graphical explanation of why I don't recommend owning a boat:

    notes01.jpg
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    tbplus10 Moderator

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    Your point is very valid, but I need a way to keep from passing any inheritance on to my daughter and this method works better than others.
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  14. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

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    You must not like your daughter! Slot machines work well for that, too, you know ... and they have a chance of return. :)
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  15. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

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    Funny you should say that, I plan on attempting to reduce my net worth at at a Casino in Oklahoma later today.
    No I dont dislike my daughter, I just dont care to become a supporter of her wasteful financial habits.
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  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

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    Well just let me know if you need some assistance finding a good home for your truck after you're gone. I think I know a guy who would give it a lot of TLC. *whistles innocently* Hopefully you don't need to think about that for a long, long time, though.

    Good luck at the casino!
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    thanks for the reply thats verifying what I've heard

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    not sure what this has to do with this thread
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  18. SurrealOne

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    Then clearly you didn't read all of it. tbplus10 indicated that buying a boat was a good way to keep from passing inheritance onward. I pointed out that slot machines do the same thing AND they have a chance of return. tbplus10 then indicated there was an upcoming casino visit. And what came next was my reply to that.

    So there's the tie -- tangential but definitely related. Perhaps you should actually, you know, read the thread if you're going to make such remarks in the future.
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  19. ahmitchell1

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    id go mercury. And I've never had a major issue with a boat and I drive em hard. Just take good care of it and it'll last forever. My neighbor at the lake owns. Our old 90 chapperral and they only thing replaced on it has been battery's. just buy a good boat and it'll last. At least for my family they are not money pits
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  20. sierra11

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    A boat will last as long as you want it too if you treat it right. I like yamaha and I have it on our boat for 12 years in saltwater and never had work on it minus tune ups. But what you have to know is you don't always have to be at full throttle redlining the engine. Same as a car/truck you wouldn't do that to a vehicle. A boat can be a money pit if you decide to go cheap, you get what you pay for like anything else.
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