Had a few boats in mind that I am familiar with. But I am still looking at everything. The main thing I’m needing besides a good ride is longevity. I’m not rough on my gear but the frequency of use would wear most boats down quick. Needs to be able to fish the flats (when water is there) and out to the K tower.
Went and looked at a 25’ Sea Hunt yesterday; was pretty surprised how much is “standard” and the value your getting compared to other similar brands. But I have not spent anytime in one to know if it’s all for show or if the Sea Hunt can deliver more than looks.
Looking for the 23-25’ range; no more than a 15” draft. Sharp V with good flare. Would appreciate what y’all like and don’t like about these boats. (SeaHunt, Blazer Bay, Tide Water, Skeeter, etc…)
Your input is appreciated, thank you in advance.
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Looked at Pathfinders, Skeeters, Rangers, Sea Hunts, Avengers (Suweet boats!) and a couple of others up close and in person. Dozens more online and via YouTube. Kept coming back to the Robalo 246 Cayman. It’s a hybrid, and with a 9’ beam it floats in 12” but is also capable of handling more slop offshore than I care to. 3 huge live wells and not 2, but 3 casting decks.
We know all boats are trade-offs but I have seen it referenced more than once as the “Swiss Army Knife” of bay boats and I’d have to agree. Have also seen at least a couple/few folks state that everybody that gets in theirs goes and gets one (this has not happened to me yet, but everyone loves it)
They also make it in 20ft, 22ft, and 26ft versions.
Good luck with your search.
So you're saying the Sea Hunt is a better value that other comparable brands? I have two friends with Sea Hunt boats. One is a 17' 1999 CC with a 115 Rude and it's been all over the Apalachee Bay from Mandalay to K Tower and even to the Keys a few times. The other is a 26' I think 2008 and it doesn't get out of the yard much. Both of them love their boats. For some reason I thought they were higher priced than other comparable brands.
honesty, because it's easy to spend someone else's money, get a simmons! that's my "unrealistic" dream boat. i love my Lake and Bay, don't know how she does off shore but she's been great in everything else. good luck!
That brings up a question for the Red Bearded one, why isn't Lake and Bay on your short list? My sister's boyfriend has one it seems like a well built boat.
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