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#12674415 - 03/15/18 02:32 PM Boat Question
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Which rides better and fishes better... I know you guys have a lot of passed relationships with boats.
1997 Charger 195VF with a Merc 175
1995 ZX300 21' with a Merc 200
1999 Champion 187 Elite with a merc 175.

They are all 3 in different areas of Texas so I kinda need to narrow it down to 2 to go and look at... any info will help!

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#12674470 - 03/15/18 03:01 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
barbarian Offline
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That’s a trick question. A 21’ of just about any brand will out ride a 18-19’ of any brand. But a 21’ with a 200 is way under powered. I need to know prices before I pick one.

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#12674535 - 03/15/18 03:35 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
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With all of them being 20 or so years old I would inspect those wood transoms closely and have compression test done on the motors. There's no warranty on 20 year old boats or motors. Also like barbarian said a 200 on a 21'er is under powered especially with a full tournament load.

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#12674537 - 03/15/18 03:37 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: barbarian]
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Originally Posted By: barbarian
That’s a trick question. A 21’ of just about any brand will out ride a 18-19’ of any brand. But a 21’ with a 200 is way under powered. I need to know prices before I pick one.


^^^^ THIS

One of the roughest rides I ever had in my life was in a 20' Skeeter (could have just been the driver). I still say a 21' Skeeter would out ride the other 2 though. I bet top end the other 2 will out run that 200 though even though the other 2 aint built for speed to begin with.

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#12674565 - 03/15/18 04:01 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: JCBfromTHF]
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Originally Posted By: JCBfromTHF
Originally Posted By: barbarian
That’s a trick question. A 21’ of just about any brand will out ride a 18-19’ of any brand. But a 21’ with a 200 is way under powered. I need to know prices before I pick one.


^^^^ THIS

One of the roughest rides I ever had in my life was in a 20' Skeeter (could have just been the driver). I still say a 21' Skeeter would out ride the other 2 though. I bet top end the other 2 will out run that 200 though even though the other 2 aint built for speed to begin with.



Champion is 12,000
Skeeter is 7500
Charger is 7900

I don't fish big tournaments and I also don't fish big lakes except when I go to Rayburn, but I stay close to the areas I know so speed is not a real big issue. I mostly fish the week day tournaments and then some local club trails. If I ever did decide to go into big tournament trail I would be a co-angler so boat is out of question then... I'm kinda on a budget with our first kid due in June, so I am trying to get me something to get me by the next 5 years but also reliable if you know what I mean.
The main thing I want is something with a nice size platform and also won't get blown around in the wind.
Yes, I will definitely check out the transoms and compression test will be done.


Edited by ETXfisher91 (03/15/18 04:03 PM)

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#12674621 - 03/15/18 04:27 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
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Is that skeeter silver with red pins and a red keel guard?

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#12674634 - 03/15/18 04:39 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: the skipper]
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Originally Posted By: the skipper
Is that skeeter silver with red pins and a red keel guard?


No its not it is red with gray carpet... If you have leads to another boat shoot me a PM

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#12674671 - 03/15/18 05:01 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
DBGSIG Offline
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The Charger will probably out ride any 20' boat. It won't win many races but has a great ride.

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#12674720 - 03/15/18 05:30 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: DBGSIG]
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Well all I need is 55-60mph and I'm happy!

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#12674733 - 03/15/18 05:42 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Champions are known for their smooth dry ride in rough water. I have a 17’6” and if I get an occasional mist from the ride it is really rough out there. There is a big following for them and their prices seem to be going up on nice ones rather than down. Isn’t as good of a fishing platform as the Skeeter. Because of the deep V which makes it a good rough water ride, it rocks a little side to side if you fish two people. Not a big deal if you primarily fish solo like me. I wouldn’t trade my Champion for anything other than another Champion.

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#12674806 - 03/15/18 06:34 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Yeah that's why champion was in my search because of their ride... But like you mentioned the fishing platform... But the one I'm looking at seems to be big enough for 2 people

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#12674859 - 03/15/18 07:20 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
Ranger205 Offline
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I would seriously look at the Charger. It will handle rough water like the champ but fishes excellent. The Skeeter is too underpowered.

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#12674933 - 03/15/18 07:56 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: DBGSIG]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: DBGSIG
The Charger will probably out ride any 20' boat. It won't win many races but has a great ride.


100% on the Charger and you'll have a little extra for electronics. That's assuming all three are in the same condition.
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#12674987 - 03/15/18 08:23 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES]
ETXfisher91 Offline
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Originally Posted By: GIG'EM AGGIES
Originally Posted By: DBGSIG
The Charger will probably out ride any 20' boat. It won't win many races but has a great ride.


100% on the Charger and you'll have a little extra for electronics. That's assuming all three are in the same condition.


The charger already has a HDS 9 at the console and a 7 at bow! So huge positive! And the charger is in great condition. The Skeeter is in the worse... The Skeeter is sold so that's outta the question. Gonna take the charger for a ride Monday.


Edited by ETXfisher91 (03/15/18 08:24 PM)

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#12675004 - 03/15/18 08:27 PM Re: Boat Question [Re: ETXfisher91]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: ETXfisher91
Originally Posted By: GIG'EM AGGIES
Originally Posted By: DBGSIG
The Charger will probably out ride any 20' boat. It won't win many races but has a great ride.


100% on the Charger and you'll have a little extra for electronics. That's assuming all three are in the same condition.


The charger already has a HDS 9 at the console and a 7 at bow! So huge positive! And the charger is in great condition. The Skeeter is in the worse... The Skeeter is sold so that's outta the question. Gonna take the charger for a ride Monday.


Shoot dawg, you done answered yo own question. Chargers are well built, handle great in rough water and I think are a great looking boat. You probably got a tandem axle trailer too. Gitter done.
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