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Inshore Fishing in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana

best bay boat

LOOKING TO BUY A 23FT-24FT BAY BOAT BRAND NEW. HAVING TROUBLE DECIDING WHICH ONE IS THE BEST QUALITY WITH THE SMOOTHEST RIDE. ANYONE HAVE SUGGESTIONS. LIKE THE SEAFOX BUT ALL I SEE IS NEG. REVIEWS. PLEASE POST YOUR OPINION.
November 16, 2011 at 11:12pm
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fishaholic1982Profile Photo
Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:36pm
haynie

If I were gonna get a fiberglass boat it'd be a Haynie 24 HO hands down but I'm kinda perticular to my Sportsman Fab aluminum bay boat.

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HOWELL83Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:16am
boat

if your talking about the sportsman fab in Morgan City, the owner Casey builds one hell of a boat!

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fishaholic1982Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:25am
that's it

That would be the one I was refering to. He did the majority of the fab work on my boat and he did an excelent job.

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TeamMireProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:11am
champion

champion is no longer making bay boats.

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parker25Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:56am
bay boat

24 ft Gravois aluminum hull.
23 ft Parker or 25 ft
24 ft Avenger

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Kyle35Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 5:08am
Bay boat

I fish out of a 23' Ranger a lot and it's one of the best boats I've ever been in. It's kinda slow compared to other boats of similar size and hp, but it' a caddilac. Top mph is 46 with a 250 HPDI Yamaha. IMO get a high quality, good brand name boat and you'll be satisfied.

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Capt Elton, CATCHDATProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 7:28am
Dealer

I would shop for a dealer you can trust and one that will give you good service and buy whatever brand they sell!
My son has a Blue Wave Pure Bay 24 (Catch Dat Too), great boat, rides & fishes great but, like any boat you will have some issues. That's where the dealer makes the differnce. He bought from Boats Unlimited in Baton Rouge, they have been great, Kim will always take care of when service is needed. When I wanted a smaller boat for myself, I went to them, they sell Xpress, I bought one (Catch Dat One) & couldn't be happier with it!
For us they are both great boats but, it's the dealer, mostly Kim in service, that makes the difference!

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bonephishProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:06am
23-24' Bay Boats

You are looking at Sea Fox which is probably the lowest priced in the market today and has received some very bad reviews in the past. I think Nautic Star is a better boat for about the same money and I have not seen any bad reviews. Spend $10K more and there are a lot more choices.

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SamaraiProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:29am
Budget

you'll get more reponses if we knew what your budget is. BTW, there is no best bayboat, Have you seen what is at a typical launch? Every make and model out there.

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Bluewave1Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:31am
Bayboat

Buy a boat for what you are going to use it for 90% of the time. Choose a dealer that is close and will service engine. You did't mention budget,either. What engine do you prefer,Merc,Etec,Yammy..There are dozens of choices and some good deals on some used boats out there also..Good Luck and let us know what you get.

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mountain man 44Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:56am
best bay boat

I won't say it is the best but I have a 2008 Seafox 245BF with a Suzuki 250 4 stroke. For what me and my family use it for it is great for us. We can take the family out on the lake and ski behind it--go to Venice and fish--and take it to the river and jug fish out of it. As far as getting up shallow it doesn't do too bad and it can take a pretty good wave. If I run it around 3300-3500 RPM it does pretty decent on gas too.

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Posted November 17, 2011 at 11:49am
Haynie

23 Low Side best purchase I ever made on a boat. Every thing they say about them is ture. Smooth ride, shallow fishing and fast.

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bonephishProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 11:55am
Haynie

Why in the world do you need a triple-axle trailer?

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bigheadbooProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:24pm
Haynie

The guy I purchased it from used it on the Redfish tour. Lots of interstate miles.

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fishaholic1982Profile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:53pm
Haynie

The thing I like about the Haynie boats is that its still a custom boat built how you want it.Not like most fiberglass boat companies were you get how they want it. A good layout is one of the most important things in a boat and not everyone is going to like the same it the same way. Just my 2 cents but if it built how you want it, it makes it that much more enjoyable. Also I wouldn't be afraid of a custom aluminum boat built with a 3/16th hull I've taken mine out as far as 30 miles offshore and it also only drafts 12'

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huckProfile Photo
Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:59pm
Champion

I would go with a used 24' Champion over any new boat priced less than $40,000. I have aguide friend who was looking to replace his Champion and decided to buy new motor, pumps, etc. Be couldn't find anything he liked as well in a new boat. I have a Skeeter and no complaints, but Champion rides way better.

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Tony AngelleProfile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 7:07am
Wide Open

Wide Open

Sportsman Fab

I have a 24' Sportsman Fab and it has performed excellent. Casey St. Romain builds a great boat and stands behind his work. Dry ride, smooth and I have fished up to 8 people in the boat. It runs at 50 mph with 6 people and gets about 1.8 mpg when running at 35 to 40 mph.

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CROAKER-CHOKERProfile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 8:07am
boats

I have a Seahunt 22' bay extreme. I fish out of grand island. the seahunt has a deeper hull then most bayboats is great for fishing the beach & nearshore rigs. It doesn't have all the features that champion & skeeters offer but its perfect for my style of fishing. best advice anyone can give you is make sure the boat best suits your style of fishing & meets your budget. many of fellow fisherman let brand name dictate what they buy only to sell them the next year. buyers remorse runs deep in our sport, good luck hope to see that new rig on the water.

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BIRD DOGProfile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 9:17am
Not a champion!!!

Take my advice,I build and repair fiberglass boats for a living.Champion is a poorly built boat and its no wonder they are out of buisness.I will agree that its a beautiful boat and rides well but you will have major issues with rot!This year alone I have done floor and transom and 3 Champions and all were 99 and newer! Theres not enough space here for me to go over each and every brand but if you have any questions feel free to ask.Also if youd like me to look at a used boat before you buy it Ill be happy too.I also have a moisture meter and can detect future possible problems.
Someone mentioned a Haynie earlier,that is one fine boat and well built!!

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topwaterkingProfile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 9:37am
haynie 23 low side

you should for sure look at the haynie 23 low side. that is the smoothest riding bay boat there is. my cousin has one and one day fishing they had a 24ft champion that was coming towards us and he had to slow down for our wake and we didnt even get off the throttle doing about 60

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jmarktProfile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 2:34pm
Bay Boat

Avengers are now being built in Slidell, definitely worth a look.

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HOWELL83Profile Photo
Posted November 20, 2011 at 11:34pm
sports fab

I worked with casey at sports fab for 2 years. stand up guy, knows his boats. Def recommend him if anyone looking for a alum boat.

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captain72Profile Photo
Posted November 23, 2011 at 7:15pm
bay boat

Pathfinder hands down w/ 250 Yamaha SHO. But with a question like that you may as well have asked 'do you prefer blondes or brunettes' ? :) Boats are like women anyway, cost money, high upkeep and eventually either will give you problems !!!

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Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:41pm
Pathfinder

My friends dad has owned a kenner, skeeter, champion, and a pathfinder. He says the only boat he will ever buy again is a pathfinder. He has a 22ft tournament edition and it is an amazing boat. It takes 2 to 3s without getting you wet. Most of them come with factory trim tabs to get on plane in shallow water, it has plenty of storage, it's all composite, and it is the easiest boat I have ever cleaned. He has a 250 yamaha with a electric jackplate and we have gotten to 64 on the gps with the right prop. They are kinda pricy, but you can find them used with a ton of features for a reasonable price. He paid $38,000 for his used, but it has everything including radar, detachable redfish platforms, stereo, dual power poles, electric jackplate, and a 4 bank onboard battery charger.

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CaptJSProfile Photo
Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:34pm
Shearwater boat

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Shearwater boat

Take a ride in this one

I love the post about some boats Shearwater is the way we went.

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