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My buddy is about to buy a Epic boat from Blue Dot , it's either the 23 or 25 ft with a 300 on the back with a list of extras for $54,000 , he asked me what I thought and I have no experience with Epic , I asked around and have heard they have problems with the transom cracking up , Bent's says they dropped the line for that very problem so it must have happened a lot ---------any feed back on Epic would be appreachiated !!!!
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Bent's dropping them would be enough for me not to get one.
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If bent over marine won't sell them ,i would run away very fast .They will sell most anything.
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google epic boats
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What I know about Epic boats is they are built in Louisiana and the hull is similar to Bay Stealth. I think the are made at the old Bay Stealth facility which was retooled for Epic.
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I stopped over in Port Allen to look at one a few weeks ago. Seemed to be overall a nicely built boat with quality components. I have not heard any negative things about then until this post. But then again, I am not in the market either, or I would do as the OP has done, inquire here about them.

Good to share with others.

The dealer did say that the Epics are made at the old VIP boat factory.
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If i remember correctly, there was a report about 2 years ago on this site about a cracked transom with an epic. Also i remember that the buyer caught hell getting the work warranted. I would tell your buddy to look into blue wave. Have yet to hear a bad thing about them. The guides say they are good, but they kind of have to.
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I recently purchased (6-12-14) one from Cajun Outboards after researching it for a year. Back in October of 2013 I took the plant tour (3+ hours) and the whole nine yards. The construction I witnessed appears to be completely solid. This company has occupied the old VIP/Bay Stealth facility in Vivian, LA. They've been out since 2012, at least the bay boat has. The company known for their competition wake boats, hince the color choices, but manufacturing boats in LA I guess told them they needed to expand to a fishing rig.

The customer service I recieved from Cajun Outbaords is superb. Mike and his staff (Toby/Maureen) are about complete customer satisfaction. I've had it in 3' chop at the edge of Eloi & Chaundeleur Sound, no spray. Extremly dry ride. Hopefully this helps. I recommend reaserch and take the plant tour if you're wonder about their quality and workmanship then decide for yourself.
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i Bought one and it is a good solid boat. Super dry and handles nicely in chop. Not to mention they look sharp.
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Dude for that amount of money you can pick up a way better rig. Theres plenty of Rangers or blazer boats or a blackjack out there for that price. why go with something that has even the possibility of something cracking? And yes I have heard of the transom cracking as well. I wouldn't want that in the back of my head at all!
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Buddy of mine has had a 22' Epic for two years now. It's a very nice boat. The hinges, storage areas, ice chest, etc inside the boat are very tight and solid. He has a adjustable jack plate on it which allows the vessel to traverse some very skinny water.

The only downside I have seen is that the boat is very light. It does handle a 'Chop' extremely well, and is dry as a desert; but in the often rough waters of Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, the boat will beat you up. I run a 24' Seafox, which is significantly heavier than the Epic. In comparison both run similar in calm waters. However, you will notice a bit more chatter in the Epic even in choppy waters.

Quite frankly, I think the 300 is over kill on either length hull. The 22' we run has a 225 Etec and reaches speeds of 55-60 mph. On a 25', I'd run a 250, and I definitely think you can get the boat at a lower price. Would I buy one? Sure, but at that cost I'd probably look for something a bit heavier like a Seafox, Seapro, Blue Wave, etc.

These brands will be a bit slightly more to purchase ,however; the ride is much better. Now if Pr$$e is a factor, I definitely try to get the price lowered and go with the Epic. All in all it's a really nice boat.

I'll also add that he had to get some minor warranty issues fixed, and it was like pulling teeth to get his boat back from the manufacturer.

Good luck and Epic fishing!!!
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