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Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? #12531410
12/08/17 03:44 PM
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Im needing info on which is a better boat and motor these days.
Which model:
1. Phoenix 920XP or 921XP with a Mercury PROXS 250
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2. Skeeter FX21 with a Yamaha SHO 250

I think they both run the same as in top speed but i could be wrong. I'm also curious how they fish with 2 people (like does the Phoenix rock side to side) and which one rides better in rough water. I know skeeter used to get spider cracks in the gel coat but don't know if this has been resolved.


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531416
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Bet this was one is pretty much even.


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531435
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Both are great products. This would be preference related. Four stroke vs two stroke, weight difference between hulls, layouts, etc.


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531518
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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531526
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Yeah this will be good. popcorn

I will tell you this. Those two boats rigged identically at Fun N Sun, the Phoenix is $2K more expensive.

Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531530
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I'm in my 3rd Phoenix (all 920s) and I'll still take them over a Skeeter. I've been in both, a LOT.

With the trolling motor down, they both fish great, just depends on what storage layout you prefer.

As far as performance goes, a Skeeter with a 250 SHO will jump out of the hole on me, but the Phoenix (set up RIGHT) will pull out and walk away on the big end. I feel like the Phoenix has a little more water spray when running an angle in rough water than the Skeeter for whatever it's worth.

Change the oil or add it yourself, that's pretty much what it comes down to. Both hulls are great, and the Skeeter takes much less driver input than the Phoenix...but that just comes with the territory when running a fast hull like the Phoenix has. Just my personal opinion.

If I were boat shopping, my top 3 choices would be:

Phoenix 920 Pro XP
Triton 20 TrX
Skeeter FX 20

Pro XS or Yamaha SHO, both are great and I'd run either one in a heartbeat.

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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531532
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You should go ride in both on a rough day. Should be pretty easy to do in your area. They're both great fishing platforms and wayyyyyyy overpriced new- but to each their own. Personally I'd be looking for a SHO on the Phoenix as well, but I am extremely biased on that one.

Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531628
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Both of those Phoenix boats are much faster than an FX 21. The FX 21 is not built for speed, it's like a Cadillac. I love my FX 21 and probably won't own another brand. The fit and finish is top of the line and the attention to detail will suit anyone. Go take a ride in both and decide for yourself. There aren't many brands out there that are as popular as those 2 currently, Phoenix especially. I've fiddled around in a Phoenix 921 Pro XP before and wasn't totally impressed with the attention to detail. They seem too simple for me. I like gadgets and things; Phoenix didn't have that in my opinion. Side by side, the Skeeter looks bigger and better. Everyone knows, when the trolling motor is down it's hard to beat a Skeeter or Ranger. The FX 21 has a super stable platform and the storage is ample underneath. I believe the FX 21 has the better ride too. But like I said earlier, Phoenix boats are incredibly popular right now and I can see why. They're just not for me though.

I kinda look at it this way: If you want a luxurious boat, go with the Skeeter. If you want a sports car for a boat, go with the Phoenix.


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531650
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Saw 7 boats in parking lot recently, 2 were Phoenix. Found that interesting. It is definitely gaining in polararity. Especially with Fun-N-Sun taking them on


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531658
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They're quite expensive i agree so thats why i ask cause i want to make sure that my money is spent wisely. lol
I have owned several ZX250 and a ZX225 but not a Phoenix. I dont see very many used Phoenix boats for sale compared to skeeter but that could be because the market is flooded with skeeters vs Phoenix idk. So any input is very much appreciated. My biggest concern is the rocking back n forth like champions did when the guy in the back moved from one side to another.


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Are you looking for top end speed, fishing ability, rough water ability?
Fishing platform - skeeter
Driving (speed & rough water) - Basscat


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Re: Which is a better Boat / Motor combo? [Re: Tidwell77] #12531677
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Originally Posted By: Tidwell77
They're quite expensive i agree so thats why i ask cause i want to make sure that my money is spent wisely. lol
I have owned several ZX250 and a ZX225 but not a Phoenix. I dont see very many used Phoenix boats for sale compared to skeeter but that could be because the market is flooded with skeeters vs Phoenix idk. So any input is very much appreciated. My biggest concern is the rocking back n forth like champions did when the guy in the back moved from one side to another.


In my opinion, a 921 is absolutely as stable of a fishing platform as any other 21'+ boat out there with the TM down. My tx partner and I fished out of one for two years and loved everything about it. I'm in a 920 now and captain a healthy HS team that is all over the deck all day and I don't notice anything. Like said earlier, Fun N Sun carries both and is up there in your area- give em a call to set up a demo.

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When running into/against a crosswind, you'll get beat to hell in a Skeeter. I guess it's their flat sides, but I do not care for the way any Skeeters handle. They are "easy" to drive but under several circumstances they will beat you up!


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Originally Posted By: Fishinfellow
When running into/against a crosswind, you'll get beat to hell in a Skeeter. I guess it's their flat sides, but I do not care for the way any Skeeters handle. They are "easy" to drive but under several circumstances they will beat you up!



I'll put my 10year old Skeeter up against any other 20ft boat on the market for rough water, crosswind, or whatever you got.


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