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Looking for input on my last boat purchase #12338405
07/14/17 01:07 AM
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I'm looking to buy my last boat as I'm retiring soon. It will be used for fishing only, mainly catfish, crappie, whites, and occasionally bass. I live on a shallow cove at Cedar Creek, so lm looking at aluminum. I will be fishing alone 90% of the time, so 18-20 feet is my choice. I'm mainly concerned with be able to get up from the driving position easily. My bass boat was just too low. Any suggestions?

Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12338455
07/14/17 01:36 AM
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I would look at a Lund type boat, also aluminum center consoles.

Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12338679
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I'm thinking about keeping my bass boat but also buying a cheap pontoon when I retire for when I want to be comfortable and not climb out of my seat in the bass boat. A center console would be nice and easy to move around in.

Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12338986
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Given your comments, I would be tempted to look at something like this configuration. Easy up and down, good visability, lot of room. Lots of options out there.

https://xpressboats.com/bay/


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Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12339019
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Center console all the way.





Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12339024
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Ranger RP190 CC is a nice rig. SeaArk Pro Cat is a Cadillac but with the Cadillac price. Built like a battleship. http://seaarkboats.com/boat_models/view/63
I really like the big Pro Cat 240. http://seaarkboats.com/boat_models/view/58

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Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12340311
07/15/17 02:03 AM
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Thanks for the input. You all have hit the boats I'm looking at. Really like the seaark, and the center consoles.

Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12341273
07/15/17 08:16 PM
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2 guides on Tawakoni run those Xpress boats. They look pretty durable.



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Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12344961
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I saw lots of Express center console bay boats for sale when I bought my Champ. I heard that the Express CCs ride rough in a chop. Of course when you retire you can pick your days but still may run in to one like Saturday on Twok. I limited my choices to a 22 bay Skeeter then Champ and Ranger. There was a real nice Skeeter 20 in Granbury but I think it sold. Check Craigslist and boat trader daily. The good bays go quick. Also check Houston and Beaumont but you have to be careful is salt water use.


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Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Stump jumper] #12345353
07/18/17 11:24 AM
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Sea Ark would be my choice out of the ones you mentioned. Xpress makes a nice boat, but I have welded several of them back together when they crack in different areas.

Re: Looking for input on my last boat purchase [Re: Monkeypuncher] #12371332
08/03/17 08:48 PM
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Update: thanks for all the input. I decided to buy the Excel 21catfish pro. It fits my needs perfectly.

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