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#10990939 - 07/21/15 10:25 AM Getting back in the center console boat.
Captjohn Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1094
Loc: Combine,texas
Hey yall, a lot of yall know me or of me. I used to run a black/white bay stealth for a few years. I sold that boat and bought a Grady white with twin F150 yamahas about three years ago to fish out of. That boat was a good boat but I wanted a better, newer boat with diesel power to fish off shore more.
This past April, I bought a Carolina Classic 25 diesel. After a couple months I've discovered that I just can't use the boat as I intended. I also must have at least one other person to help with loadin/unloading. The boat is heavy, big and just too much so I've put it up for sale.

All that to ask this. I've looked at 22 PureBay from Bluewave, Sportsman 22, Epic22 and a couple others. The one boat that captures my attention the most is a Key West 230 BR with Yamaha F250 and t-top.

I guess ild like to see if anyone on Texasfishingforum, runs one of these boats or knows anything about them? Any comment are appreciated. This is not meant to turn into a boat bashing thread but any helpful criticism is well welcomed.
I'm ready to get back into a boat that I can use alone if need be. Of course striped and hybrids are my main target.
Thanks
Captjohn
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#10991074 - 07/21/15 11:21 AM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Eric Offline
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Registered: 09/29/01
Posts: 3949
Loc: Murchison
Fished a few Center console boats with generous friends and by far the best was the Sea Hunt. Fit and fisnish far superior to others I have seen.

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#10991473 - 07/21/15 02:05 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
G Love Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
Posts: 1839
Loc: Weatherford, TX
That Pure Bay is pretty rank. Custom black & tan would be sick.


Edited by G Love (07/21/15 02:05 PM)
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#10991502 - 07/21/15 02:13 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
DU SOUTH5 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/13
Posts: 406
Loc: Forney, Tx
Well I am not an expert on the Key West. But I have heard several good things about the Sportsman boats. They also offer Yamaha power which I have had ALOT of experience with and all of it is positive. I haven't heard much on the Epic. I have rode in several Blue waves and this would be my last choice of the 4 you listed. I have not been in the new "Pure Bay" but Blue wave seem to have a poor finish and cheap components, as well as a wet ride. I have a lot of experience with the Majek, Skeeter, and Ranger center consoles, all of which are Very nice. Try to test drive a few if you can. And look at the layouts and storage. I feel like everyone looks for something different in a boat, ie speed, ride, storage, size... etc. just find the one that best fits your style of fishing can't go wrong with Yamaha power IMHO.

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#10991696 - 07/21/15 03:20 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
big D Offline
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Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 213
Loc: Brookshire, TX
Have you seen these?

http://www.crevalleboats.com/

Buddy of mine was looking at the same boats you are referring to and decided on a crevalle after seeing one at the boat show!

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#10991731 - 07/21/15 03:30 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Lead slinger Offline
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Registered: 10/05/14
Posts: 108
I have a 2015 22sc Epic they now have a 25sc. Nice ride and plenty of room. Contact ken@funnsunboats.com. No matter which one you go with I sure you will enjoy it happy boat shopping
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#10991781 - 07/21/15 03:47 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Brocephus Offline
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Registered: 07/31/13
Posts: 301
Loc: Plano, Texas
I LOVE the look of the Keywest boats but have never been in one. Wow! Those Crevalles are SWEET! Didn't look at $ but it looks like I'd need to sell my soul to be able to afford one, but a guy can dream.

I love my Majek Redfish line but its a tough run on a big choppy lake. It's great for shallow water bass fishin and of course, for back water bay systems.

If you go to the boat for sale forum on here there was a guy who was out at Bob Sandlin selling a really sweet center console Robalo that looks like its rigged perfect for striper fishin.
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#10992113 - 07/21/15 05:53 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
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Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 7129
Loc: Richardson TX
I believe the founders of Seapro and Key West went to bed and now they are Sportsman. Paul Rogers is a great guy who can hook you up with the Sportsman . 214-668-8467

There are so many good CC boats out there I can't decide either. So that puts us in the same "boat". Lol
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#10992121 - 07/21/15 05:58 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Moved to Sandlin Offline
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Registered: 11/28/13
Posts: 408
Loc: Dallas
Check out the sweet CC Robalo for sale in the boats for sale section !!
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#10992132 - 07/21/15 06:04 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Budward Offline
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#10992248 - 07/21/15 07:10 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
sassyman (hubbard guide) Offline
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Registered: 12/10/04
Posts: 545
Loc: garland, tx
sea hunt is no.1 in the country for nothing.only the best parts and hardware,.
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#10992391 - 07/21/15 08:33 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Captjohn Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1094
Loc: Combine,texas
Well, I researched every single word I could find, these last few days, on the key west 230. Another boating forum, that is pretty big on boating, has no negative feedback on the key west. Also good reports on the seahunt and Robollo. Of course, many others are written about.

I looked hard at the Epic, at the Dallas boat show. I kept looking it over thinking, I've seen this boat before. Come to find out, it's built in Vivian Louisiana using the bay stealth hull molds. At least on the 22'. That's the boat I was running from 2005-2013. Had a good ride and little problems besides normal wear and tear.

I just want a little higher quality than that boat and I believe, tomorrow, I'm putting a deposit on a Key West 230 BR out of Conroe,(closest dealer to dallas) Yamaha f250 xa.
I do not need a jack plate as I seldom want to run that shallow and it's already got a T-Top from the factory. Everything I read about it is good reports. Ride, quality parts, foam filled hull, trim tabs, 19* dead rise at transom to help the rough ride. General happiness with the owners and supposedly very good customer service at the factory.
I hope to never need anything from the factory but who knows?

Should I pull the trigger, I'll be posting pics and back out on my home lakes, cedar creek and tawokoni and waiting, like everyone else for Texoma to go down a little.

Thank yall for you opinions and for not bashing any boat.

Captjohn


Edited by Captjohn (07/22/15 09:03 AM)
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#10993548 - 07/22/15 12:22 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
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I like my 24/7 sportsman. Taking it to the gulf this weekend.
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#10993733 - 07/22/15 01:52 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Captjohn Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1094
Loc: Combine,texas
Thanks Radny. I really loved the looks of the sportsman. And the history behind them. I actually went and pulled the trigger on the 230 BR KeyWest this morning. Gonna pick her up on Friday. Getting pretty excited to be back in the center console game.

Now, with all that room on the dash, I got to decide what electronics I want. I have an 898csi on my Grady and I have hade it a few years. Not at all impressed with side scan but like the color fish finder. I may go with the Humminbird1159 HD. And just be happy with that. Lol
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#10996686 - 07/23/15 04:01 PM Re: Getting back in the center console boat. [Re: Captjohn]
Budward Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/25/12
Posts: 257
Originally Posted By: Captjohn
Well, I researched every single word I could find, these last few days, on the key west 230. Another boating forum, that is pretty big on boating, has no negative feedback on the key west. Also good reports on the seahunt and Robollo. Of course, many others are written about.

I looked hard at the Epic, at the Dallas boat show. I kept looking it over thinking, I've seen this boat before. Come to find out, it's built in Vivian Louisiana using the bay stealth hull molds. At least on the 22'. That's the boat I was running from 2005-2013. Had a good ride and little problems besides normal wear and tear.

I just want a little higher quality than that boat and I believe, tomorrow, I'm putting a deposit on a Key West 230 BR out of Conroe,(closest dealer to dallas) Yamaha f250 xa.
I do not need a jack plate as I seldom want to run that shallow and it's already got a T-Top from the factory. Everything I read about it is good reports. Ride, quality parts, foam filled hull, trim tabs, 19* dead rise at transom to help the rough ride. General happiness with the owners and supposedly very good customer service at the factory.
I hope to never need anything from the factory but who knows?

Should I pull the trigger, I'll be posting pics and back out on my home lakes, cedar creek and tawokoni and waiting, like everyone else for Texoma to go down a little.

Thank yall for you opinions and for not bashing any boat.

Captjohn


They are good boats. I almost bought one myself a while back.
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