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#5217933 - 08/19/10 08:28 PM Best boat for rough water
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I own a 2000 skeeter zx190 and have been looking to upgrade too a biger and more powerful boat. Mainly because the boat I have isnt well suited for rough water. What is the best boat for running rough water fast with less banging hammer around? Im looking at any boat from ranger, skeeter, champion, bass cat, triton, and legend that is over 20ft long.


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#5217943 - 08/19/10 08:30 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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#5217966 - 08/19/10 08:32 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Lannie Robertson]
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They are all gonna be rough until the driver learns to drive 'em. Most modern bass boats 19' and over can handle 99% of Texas freshwater lakes just fine.

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#5217979 - 08/19/10 08:34 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Lannie Robertson]
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#5217997 - 08/19/10 08:36 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: bradnitro175]
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I dont think you will get much arguement about Champion...

Of course everyone is going to recommend the brand they are running whether or not it gives them back/liver pains running it.
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#5217998 - 08/19/10 08:36 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Lannie Robertson]
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CHAMPION or BASSCAT..... JUST MY OPINION sure skeeter owners will say skeeter,ranger owners will say ranger.......so on and so fourth. GOOD LUCK

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#5218023 - 08/19/10 08:40 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: gotee]
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30 foot Party Hut pontoon.

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#5218067 - 08/19/10 08:48 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Mark Perry]
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Well this skeeter is 18.5ft and yes the driver is a big part of how a boat preforms but rayburn is not a small lake and running 20miles in 20+ winds is no fun frown

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#5218088 - 08/19/10 08:52 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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Honestly I believe all Bassboats are not ideal for what you can see on big Texas lakes (Amistad, Falcon, etc.). If it's big waves (6 foot and higher) I think a well made center console is the way to go.

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#5218102 - 08/19/10 08:54 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Black Sun]
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Like mark said, time in the seat. All makes are made to run, But I'll keep my 22ft Champ. 225EFI She loves big water.

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#5218115 - 08/19/10 08:57 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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I have owned a 20+ ft Skeeter and now own a 206 Champion. I bought the Champion because it was a good deal and wider at the bow. There is a significantly better rough water ride in the Champion. I have no "boat ego". This is just fact.

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#5218121 - 08/19/10 08:58 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassackwards2]
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I don't get too caught up in the whole which brand is better deal but I can as far as Skeeters go my iClass is the best riding Skeeter I have owned to date. Just a completely different feel from the ZX series to me.
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#5218174 - 08/19/10 09:04 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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I agree with Mark. I'd say that regardless of the manufacturer, about 80% of any 20ft plus boats rough water capability exists between the ears and in the heart of the one driving it.
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#5218233 - 08/19/10 09:14 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassnhog]
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(insert name of owned boat here) I have owned boats from 2 different boat companies Skeeter and Legend. My Legend rides alot better then my skeeters did. The only way to tell is to drive one.

I am in Cypress and i am always at Rayburn and i would be glad to take you for a ride and let you get behind the wheel of a Legend. I have a Alpha 211. My cell is 281-761-5035

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#5218236 - 08/19/10 09:15 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassnhog]
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I've been tempted to buy one a time or two, but never have. I'd bet a 21ft Charger would do pretty good.
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#5218277 - 08/19/10 09:23 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassnhog]
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Been very happy with Triton's TR-196, on most days. I would prefer a 20+ boat for all round fishing and ride, but I can't complain about what I have gotten out of this boat in performance, the smooth ride and even on most windy days handles great for a boat right under 20 foot. Of course, a cross wind can be tough if I have to stay in the freaking boat lane.
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#5218295 - 08/19/10 09:27 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Billy Blazer 300 HPDI]
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I have had three different brands (wont say which) Champion is by far the best riding boat I have owned.
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#5218296 - 08/19/10 09:27 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: PK-BASSIN]
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#5218573 - 08/19/10 10:37 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: jackmason]
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Most of the newer boats (2000 and newer) tend to be built more for speed. They took many of the old battle ship hulls that were better in the rough water and flattened out the hulls for speed. I have a '95 202 Champion and I can go faster in rough water than most of the newer boats. BUT in the smoother water I am not as fast. The older BassCats and the OLDER Rangers had deeper hulls and were pretty good rough water rides. I had the opportunity to drive one of the new Phoenix boats and they have the best rough water ride and still have a fast hull. So I guess I would have to recommend you to try a Phoenix if you are looking for a new boat. If you don't have the "wife funds" I would look at the older BassCats, or Champions.
ALSO, the most important thing is to learn to drive a boat in the rough water AND GET A HOTFOOT. Even the battle ships will ride rough if you don't know how to "run the waves".
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#5218688 - 08/19/10 11:08 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bigron119]
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#5218902 - 08/20/10 02:04 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Doug E. Fresh]
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Champion is a great riding boat because of the design of the hull.. You don't have to be a great driver for this boat to perform well in rough water. I had a 19footer and could pass most boats in rough water because a lot of them were getting beat to death and had to go slower.

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#5218928 - 08/20/10 03:53 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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I own a 2000 skeeter zx190 and have been looking to upgrade too a biger and more powerful boat. Mainly because the boat I have isnt well suited for rough water. What is the best boat for running rough water fast with less banging hammer around? Im looking at any boat from ranger, skeeter, champion, bass cat, triton, and legend that is over 20ft long.


Personally, I've had 2 Rangers, 2 Skeeters, and a Cat, and the Cat is by far the superior rough water boat. That said, the best rough water boat I've ever been in was a friend of mine's 22 foot Champion. I've never been in a Legend. Excluding it, were I to rate them, I would say 1) Champion 2) Bass Cat 3) Ranger 4) Skeeter......From What I've heard, Legend would be right up there with the Ranger.
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#5219010 - 08/20/10 06:32 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5219018 - 08/20/10 06:37 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: PhilR]
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Come ride in the new style Tritons and you decide. I have had a new Team Boat every year since the 07 X2 and every year they have been better and faster.

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#5219019 - 08/20/10 06:39 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: J R Trower]
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I've yet to ride in a Triton in rough water that didn't get you wet and give you a sore back, and I've ridden in several.
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#5219022 - 08/20/10 06:42 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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I have no dog in this fight because I own one of them "lightweight go-fast boats" but there is no better riding boat than an older Champion 201 or 202. They don't fish well because of the list but they are by far the best riding boat in extreme water. The newer wider Champs don't ride as well but still are good boats.

The iClass Skeeters are far superior to the older ZX boats. Haven't been in a new FX Skeeter but I hear they are good riding boats. My gosh, they should be for $60K!!

BassCat is a well built boat but not the best riding. Same with Ranger. Good but not best.

Legend is the up and comer of this group mentioned. They have unmatched attention to detail and are extremely good riding, good fishing boats.

Whatever fits your budget would be best. And the guy that said learning to drive it properly is right on. How a boat rides is mostly controlled by the trim angle and the skill of the driver. Knowing how high to trim the motor and when to hit the gas and when to back off.

One of my buds has a BassCat Cougar and drives it full trim full throttle in 4 footers. If you rode with him you would think it rode horribly. It ain't his boat!

Just know this before you start test riding new boats. Coming out of a ZX 190, all of them are going to feel like a Cadillac to you most likely. And that's not a slam on your rig it is just a very experienced opinion.

As a good rule of thumb, the narrower the hull and deeper the vee the better it will ride (older Champs) but there is a trade off. If the are narrow and deep vee they will list to whatever side you and your 300# fishing partner are standing on while you go down the bank....




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#5219070 - 08/20/10 07:14 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Ken A.]
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#5219096 - 08/20/10 07:32 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5219107 - 08/20/10 07:36 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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I dont run either, but in rough water, Champion would be my first choice and Nitro CDC 2nd.
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#5219230 - 08/20/10 08:25 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Ken A.]
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Originally Posted By: Ken A.
I have no dog in this fight because I own one of them "lightweight go-fast boats" but there is no better riding boat than an older Champion 201 or 202. They don't fish well because of the list but they are by far the best riding boat in extreme water. The newer wider Champs don't ride as well but still are good boats.

The iClass Skeeters are far superior to the older ZX boats. Haven't been in a new FX Skeeter but I hear they are good riding boats. My gosh, they should be for $60K!!

BassCat is a well built boat but not the best riding. Same with Ranger. Good but not best.

Legend is the up and comer of this group mentioned. They have unmatched attention to detail and are extremely good riding, good fishing boats.

Whatever fits your budget would be best. And the guy that said learning to drive it properly is right on. How a boat rides is mostly controlled by the trim angle and the skill of the driver. Knowing how high to trim the motor and when to hit the gas and when to back off.

One of my buds has a BassCat Cougar and drives it full trim full throttle in 4 footers. If you rode with him you would think it rode horribly. It ain't his boat!

Just know this before you start test riding new boats. Coming out of a ZX 190, all of them are going to feel like a Cadillac to you most likely. And that's not a slam on your rig it is just a very experienced opinion.

As a good rule of thumb, the narrower the hull and deeper the vee the better it will ride (older Champs) but there is a trade off. If the are narrow and deep vee they will list to whatever side you and your 300# fishing partner are standing on while you go down the bank....



Ken, you're spot on. I drive a 99 Champ 203. Awesome ride but not nearly as stable when the trolling motor is down than my previous boat which was a Skeeter ZX 190. Tradeoffs, tradeoffs.
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#5219283 - 08/20/10 08:40 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassnhog]
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#5219303 - 08/20/10 08:44 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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#5219355 - 08/20/10 08:53 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Texan4Liberty]
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#5219386 - 08/20/10 08:59 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Texan4Liberty]
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Originally Posted By: Texan4Liberty
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You would need one hell of a trolling motor!
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#5219423 - 08/20/10 09:04 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Scott N]
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Originally Posted By: Scott N
Originally Posted By: Texan4Liberty
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You would need one hell of a trolling motor!


Metro Marine could hook ya up wink
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#5219441 - 08/20/10 09:09 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5219501 - 08/20/10 09:21 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Joefishin]
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Just how often are you in rough water? I might get in some bad stuff twice a year fishing Amistad and Ivie. Got caught once on the far north end of Buchanan and I was staying at the south end near the dam. That was a fun ride in my then Ranger. Got caught on Amistad in some rough water when I had the Triton X2, good boat. My 20' Skeeter has seen some very rough water and has done just fine. Driving in rough water takes more seat time. Just about any 20' or longer boat will handle any Texas lake if you know how to drive them. I've seen some of the above mentioned so called rough water boats come completely out of the water and bottom out in the trough. Not the boats fault,, the drivers. My back hurt just watching them. We were in the same water and went along pretty smooth, just slower. Skeeters may not be best with their wide bows. I'll take my wide bow for fishing.
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#5219607 - 08/20/10 09:53 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Mark Perry]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
They are all gonna be rough until the driver learns to drive 'em. Most modern bass boats 19' and over can handle 99% of Texas freshwater lakes just fine.


Totally agree with the above statement! You can fish out of a canoe if you know how to cooperate with Mother Nature! I know this from personal experience. Each boat handles differently, and it's a matter of feeling out your equipment more then the size of the water.
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#5219615 - 08/20/10 09:56 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Revoman]
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At our tourny at Amistad in March with 45+ winds, we had to call lake patrol to rescue a team up at MM 17.

They were in a 20ft Champion. 3 Allisons made it back just fine.

Learning how to drive in the big waves is more important than what boat you drive.

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#5219656 - 08/20/10 10:11 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: SkinnyT]
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cheaper way is good gor-tex,back brace, a dense foam cushion to sit on.if you don't have a hot foot. use the one knee on the seat it take alot shock out of it. sound like you have a nice boat already

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#5219856 - 08/20/10 11:01 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: MV]
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Very good points, but I don't think the thread was titled 'best boat driver in rough water' It was titled best boat for rough water....... lol
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#5220146 - 08/20/10 11:48 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: gotee]
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Originally Posted By: gotee
CHAMPION or BASSCAT..... JUST MY OPINION sure skeeter owners will say skeeter,ranger owners will say ranger.......so on and so fourth. GOOD LUCK


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#5220198 - 08/20/10 11:57 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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#5220337 - 08/20/10 12:27 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5220341 - 08/20/10 12:28 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5220342 - 08/20/10 12:29 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Dax Davis]
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Champion, and I own a Skeeter.
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#5220351 - 08/20/10 12:32 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: The Fishing Physicist]
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Get a LUND....


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#5220437 - 08/20/10 12:53 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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Go with a heavier and longer boat. Skeeter i class is a good choice, but they will all get you wet eventually.
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#5221084 - 08/20/10 03:08 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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i thinkit a matter of preference. We are on our third Charger. It does great on rough water. We caught on Amistad 2 years ago and it did mighty fine getting us in. We down by 377 bridge (I think) and storm came up, we had to go to Devils river opening and cross over to- can't remember name of ramp, but bldg had orange looking roof. Crossing was horrible, but we made it before the pier blew away. We sure did like that Charger boat then.
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#5221101 - 08/20/10 03:11 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: conniek]
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My boat is the best!!! Oh and im selling it too!!!!
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#5221107 - 08/20/10 03:12 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Doug E. Fresh]
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The longer the better in any Manufacturer. I love the Triton TR-22
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#5221719 - 08/20/10 05:35 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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I have a new Ranger z 521 but Champion is hands down, no comparison , don't care if you know how to drive them or not, the best!!! Time has proved this

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#5221830 - 08/20/10 06:18 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: North Star Glass]
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I had TR196 and I went 21 feet w/ ZX250 for that very reason - just tired of getting caught out on big water with lots of wind and everyone knows it's never windy on Amisted - don't think it'll matter much if your staying fiberglass at 21' makes a hugh diff. I am 300 plus and the deck is huge and does not list like the narrower decks I have been on.
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#5221936 - 08/20/10 07:00 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: basshead]
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#5222126 - 08/20/10 08:28 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: firemanbill]
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Champion, old ones were better, IMO, but the newer ones fish better and still ride in rough water better than any other I've been in.
I like the smaller boats and have had 2-17.5' Champs and they outperformed many 19-20 boats in some really bad water on Whitney and Palestine. My 20' ProCrap was about the sorriest riding POS I ever had. Hate to say that because I lost more money gettin rid of that thing than anything I have ever owned.
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#5222265 - 08/20/10 09:11 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: j.steve]
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I know an old school guide on Fork that swears up and down that an Xpress X21 is bye far the best big water boat that he has ever owned, I think he is on number 17. Claims that Xpress will be the last boat he will ever own.
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#5222315 - 08/20/10 09:21 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Outdoor Therapy]
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I have a 203 Champ and it is a great ride. If I can find a 22ft one that will be my next move unless someone comes out with a 23ft.

A lot has been said about how you drive it and that speaks truth. More time on the water and in the seat.

If Champion goes out which I think it is on the way out or gone I will look at Legend or Phoenix.

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#5222590 - 08/20/10 10:52 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: scottsvault®]
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Not a skeeer zx, I own one and out of all my boats it would not be my first choice for big water and wind. But it does fish better and runs like a scallded ape in smoother water.

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#5222808 - 08/20/10 11:48 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: North Star Glass]
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I have a 20 foot stratos, a 96 model with a 200hp, and it will run with every champion, ranger and triton on toledo...and half the price tag!! but I will agree with most on this post, it's the driver not the boat that makes it safe in rough water!!!
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#5222943 - 08/21/10 04:05 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: scottsvault®]
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Originally Posted By: scottsvault®
I have a 203 Champ and it is a great ride. If I can find a 22ft one that will be my next move unless someone comes out with a 23ft.

A lot has been said about how you drive it and that speaks truth. More time on the water and in the seat.

If Champion goes out which I think it is on the way out or gone I will look at Legend or Phoenix.


Champion is now the Stratos Elite Series. They were originally built in Mountain Home Ark, then when Genmar bought them out of Bankruptcy, they moved manufacturing to TN. When Genmar went belly up and Platinum Equities bought Ranger, Stratos, Champion, and now Triton, they are moving all manufacturing to Flippin.
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#5223155 - 08/21/10 08:18 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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So, what year is considered an older Champ?

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#5223172 - 08/21/10 08:25 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: 8upwithfishin']
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My Buddy's 22' is about a 2000 and has a 300 Merc on it. I'm not sure when they quit making the 300's, but it is the right motor for that Led Sled. We fished a Bass N Bucks tournament on Rayburn in January one time, and I was glad we had every foot of that Champion and every HP of that Merc under us. Worst Conditions I've ever fished in and we made it through some horrendous wind and waves without a problem.
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#5223208 - 08/21/10 08:39 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5223215 - 08/21/10 08:42 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: RaThEr_Be_FiShIn]
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I have bee around and seen the Chargers in action and they might have been the best in rough water. Don't think they are still around? Champion is gone. Now, there is a Champion version of Stratos being made with the Jen-mar debacle.
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#5223314 - 08/21/10 09:20 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Big Red 12]
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Chargers are still being made but they are ugly, ugly, ugly.

Express 21's are good rough water boats but again there is a trade off. The wind blows you around like a kite when you are on the trolling motor. Fished outta one many times.

I owned 3 Tritons, two TR 21's and one TR22/Yam 300. It was a great boat but still not a Champion in the rough stuff. A buddy ran a 202 for many years and went to the newer wide body 206. It does fish better than the older narrower Champs but it doesn't have the ride.

BassCat is a great boat too. Lots of neat little features. They were my main sponsor when I was guiding. I had three new Pantera III's. All were great fishing boats but too small for big water and tended to act like a submarine when running down lake with the wind in 4 footers! I talked to them till I was blue in the face about building a bigger boat. Finally they came out with a Cougar or Puma that was 20.5' or something like that. Big improvement over the Panteras.

There are trade offs to every boat brand. The old Skeeter Starfires were fast but they back washed badly over the transom when you let off the gas. So they put the pontoons on the transom. That solved the backwashing issue but it slowed them down by 5 mph. The iClass boats are far superior to the ZX boats in ride. I hear the new FX boats are even better (they should be for the price!)

My Bullet will run 90 loaded to fish but it blows around on the trolling motor and bounces around in the rough stuff a little bit. It still rides better than most would believe.

I think Legend has done the best job of pulling all of the good characteristics into one boat. They look good, ride well, fish well and are finished out like no other boat I have ever seen.

The best thing for you to do is ride in a bunch of them before you take the plunge. Just bear in mind that coming out of a ZX190 nearly all of them will feel like they ride good to you.

Disclaimer: This is not a boat bash it is only an opinion of someone that has owned 27 boats over the years and fished out of many more. LOL!!
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#5223339 - 08/21/10 09:27 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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My kayak is pretty good in rough water.....ha ha ha. Seriously, it is. I will fish out of my kayak (with an anchor obviously) in rougher water than I will fish in out of my 16' jon boat.

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#5223364 - 08/21/10 09:34 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: billclay]
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#5223394 - 08/21/10 09:42 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: 8upwithfishin']
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Originally Posted By: 8upwithfishin'
So, what year is considered an older Champ?


My 89 Champ 184. It's awesome, and cuts through waves like butter. Even though it's only 18', it rides and feels like a 20' easy. PM me if you want to get together and fish out of it one day.
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#5223406 - 08/21/10 09:46 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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for purely looking at ride.... champion is hard to beat. Ive owned one and they are great.

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#5223450 - 08/21/10 09:59 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: its a fluke]
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When talking about ride one name always comes up more than others. Champion. There is a reason. They are the best riding bass boat made.

I wish I had mine back instead of the Basscat I have now. The 18ft Champion would ride circles around the Basscat.
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#5223460 - 08/21/10 10:01 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Fishspanker]
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Charger for sure!!

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#5223572 - 08/21/10 10:33 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Catchin'_Lugers]
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Oops! My daddy can beat up your daddy!

Looks like I touched a nerve...

It is hard to talk about boats and not bring personal preference into the conversation. I just happen to prefer the sleek lines of the high performance boats like Allisons, Bullets, & Strokers. I know there are many out there that wouldn't take a Bullet if it was given to you. I am good with that.

It is like talking about Fords, Chevys, and Dodges. I just prefer the Porsches and Ferraris...

No offense meant or taken guys. It's all good here. Whatever gets you on the water to do what we love is the best boat of all. Remember Webster's dictionary defines a bassboat as a, "Large hole in the water that you pour money into regradless of the brand."

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#5223592 - 08/21/10 10:39 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Ken A.]
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A couple of my buddies own or have ownned Champion 191.

Those things were amazing in rough water, Hands down the best riding boat in Rough Water.....
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#5223636 - 08/21/10 10:53 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Catchin'_Lugers]
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Well, a 16 foot Skeeter ss 90 is not a very good rough water boat... Though, it has gotten me through 35mph winds on main-lake Amistad. I like to think I know what I'm doing in big water though.

I havent been in enough boats to be a good source, but a 19 foot BassCat does pretty well. Certainly there are better, but as mentioned before, there are trade-offs.

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#5223649 - 08/21/10 10:56 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Big Red 12]
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Originally Posted By: Big Red 12
I have bee around and seen the Chargers in action and they might have been the best in rough water. Don't think they are still around? Champion is gone. Now, there is a Champion version of Stratos being made with the Jen-mar debacle.


Actually it's the Champion mold with the Stratos name put on it..
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#5223692 - 08/21/10 11:17 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: rangerb]
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I own a Ranger now but the best riding boat as far as taking on large waves was my last boat.....Triton 21 X2.
The X2 was built for ride quality.

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#5223770 - 08/21/10 11:48 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Mark Perry]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
I don't get too caught up in the whole which brand is better deal but I can as far as Skeeters go my iClass is the best riding Skeeter I have owned to date. Just a completely different feel from the ZX series to me.


+1
As a non-boater, I fish with a ton of folks in just about every brand. The iClass is by far the best ride that I've had. It's a gentleman's boat - rides like an Escalade. Plows right through the wakes in the boat lane at Fork - like a hot knife through butter!
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#5223814 - 08/21/10 12:03 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: BrentMeister]
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Just slow down and any boat is good in rough water.
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#5224015 - 08/21/10 01:26 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: North Star Glass]
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The older Rangers, hands down. They are heavy boats and do the job. The lightweight hulls these days just don't have the nuts to run rough water.
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#5224025 - 08/21/10 01:30 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: JPost]
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Originally Posted By: JPost
Honestly I believe all Bassboats are not ideal for what you can see on big Texas lakes (Amistad, Falcon, etc.). If it's big waves (6 foot and higher) I think a well made center console is the way to go.


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#5224032 - 08/21/10 01:33 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: rangerb]
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Originally Posted By: rangerb
Originally Posted By: Big Red 12
I have bee around and seen the Chargers in action and they might have been the best in rough water. Don't think they are still around? Champion is gone. Now, there is a Champion version of Stratos being made with the Jen-mar debacle.


Actually it's the Champion mold with the Stratos name put on it..



Thanks Bob ... gotta keep 'em straight.


Gotta run the big lakes to find out what qualifies as "rough water".
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#5224093 - 08/21/10 01:56 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: RayBob]
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Charger Boats are still being made.. But they are not a volume builder for sure..
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#5224127 - 08/21/10 02:20 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: NoWeighers]
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I love the ride in my Iclass but in big crazy water Champion is still king IMO.

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#5224177 - 08/21/10 02:38 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: RaThEr_Be_FiShIn]
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Originally Posted By: RaThEr_Be_FiShIn
charger, charger, charger


I've ridden in plenty of Chargers, and the old nose down design would drown you in rough water, although they did ride good. In fact, my first Bass Boat would have been a Charger had the dealer not gone belly up.
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#5224426 - 08/21/10 04:04 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: SkinnyT]
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Originally Posted By: SkinnyT
At our tourny at Amistad in March with 45+ winds, we had to call lake patrol to rescue a team up at MM 17.

They were in a 20ft Champion. 3 Allisons made it back just fine.

Learning how to drive in the big waves is more important than what boat you drive.




I think I was the only A boat to come from Zorro all the way back to East Diablo.
I have fished big lakes for 35 years and that's the farthest I have ever had to go in water that ROUGH...At one point I caught a huge wave and thought the boat was going to come over backwards. It took me 2 hours to come from Zorrow to Raingod..Good thing I was by myself and had a good stringer of fish.

As for which Bass boat is best..This is one time that size really does mater.But not always in the way you think. Depth and length of the keel are the most important ones when it comes to TRUE rough water..The old Champs. are a good example..They were deep and long up front..Plus the narrow beam made them slice thru waves instead of bouncing over them like a flat-wide hull will do. The extra length of a 21 ftr will help also. True a good driver with a good setup can make a world of difference..However there are some boats that are just better in rough water..

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#5224440 - 08/21/10 04:11 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: fishnfireman]
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#5225578 - 08/22/10 01:44 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: KingwoodCat]
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#5225941 - 08/22/10 09:26 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Bassackwards2]
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Asking what boat for rough water is like asking what girls are best for kissing!!!! There are limitless answers!!!! Limitless......
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#5226085 - 08/22/10 10:36 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: ironmike]
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I have owned two champions: 98' 202 and 99' 202. I now own a Ranger Z 520... and I have been in nearly every other brand made. CHAMPION handles rough water better than any boat I have been in.

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#5227505 - 08/22/10 06:18 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Novillo II]
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I have a Triton 21X2 and it handles rough water just fine, not only that it will run and it fishes great and it sets level in the water, no leaning.

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#5227651 - 08/22/10 06:58 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Happykamper]
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i agree with happykamper, i have a triton tr22, have never been in a more stable boat, they dont make the 22 anymore, and its too bad, cause Im sure they would be selling by the dozen quick
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#5227763 - 08/22/10 07:32 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: elkhartdom]
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Just to confirm, Charger is definitely still in business and doing fine. I just ordered some new decals from them. They just don't believe in quantity and don't have a huge representaion in Texas. Because of that though, you can find some great deals in north Texas, OK, AR, and MO. I will tell you that my 19 1/2' is simply amazing in rough water and unbelievably dry. The entire hull was and is designed to handle rough water. All I heard was how slow they were, but I am knocking on the door of 70 GPS with a 200. And as far as ugly - you be the judge.


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#5227800 - 08/22/10 07:45 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: elkhartdom]
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Originally Posted By: elkhartdom
i agree with happykamper, i have a triton tr22, have never been in a more stable boat, they dont make the 22 anymore, and its too bad, cause Im sure they would be selling by the dozen quick


Part of the reason I am no longer in a Triton is because they killed the 22 footer. I loved mine. They sold about fifty 21's to one 22 according to Triton rep.
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#5227808 - 08/22/10 07:47 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: barbarian]
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Nice rig you got there, kinda looks like a champ.
Originally Posted By: barbarian
Just to confirm, Charger is definitely still in business and doing fine. I just ordered some new decals from them. They just don't believe in quantity and don't have a huge representaion in Texas. Because of that though, you can find some great deals in north Texas, OK, AR, and MO. I will tell you that my 19 1/2' is simply amazing in rough water and unbelievably dry. The entire hull was and is designed to handle rough water. All I heard was how slow they were, but I am knocking on the door of 70 GPS with a 200. And as far as ugly - you be the judge.


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#5228108 - 08/22/10 09:09 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Happykamper]
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Thanks. They are actually quite different from a Champ. Here is a pic of the front / bottom. You can see the sharpness of the V and then smoothly widens and pushes the water out and away to keep you dry, but flattens out in the rear for stability.




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#5228173 - 08/22/10 09:28 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: barbarian]
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Well we went to Ray Roberts Saturday and it was rough, 3 1/2 foot rollers and we are riding in a Alpha 199, I am not the best rough water driver but ain't to shabby either. The trade off for us was a broken back or a spray in the face, I took the spray cause it was hot a carp outside! Cutting across a large area with a bass boat no matter what you have can be an adventure if the wind is blowing mock 80.

My boat is smooth riding and cuts the waves if you sink the nose but with the wind blowing hard it gives it time to come back and hit you in the eyes! You can bury it and run straight into those same waves and never get a drop on you and save your back, but when you go at an angle you are screwed.
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#5228357 - 08/22/10 10:41 PM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: ToadSnatcher14]
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If you can find a 20ft-plus Cobra I agree with the one post above---with a hot foot and an experienced driver, it will handle the roughest water you would be in if you were trying to get back to the weigh-in or the boat ramp. Really was a great boat. Go to BassBoatCentral and click on the Cobra boat boards==good info.

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#5228541 - 08/23/10 12:55 AM Re: Best boat for rough water [Re: Greatwhitefather]
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I own a 98 Champ 190. It is great ride and handled Amistad all spring when I was working there. My good friend owns a Charger 20 footer 496 Foxfire. I must admit, it rides as good or better. And they are still in Business. Tracker Tim had one of the prettiest Chargers for sale this winter, I wanted it, but my wife was going to divorce me if i bought.
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