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Old 12-01-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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In Search Of The Perfect Boat.....

Hi all.

I'm sick and tired of all these cattle charters,six packs,and just basically everything else that comes from not owning a boat. So I decided since you only live once you might as well live it with your very own boat. This will be my first boat & I am curious to see what all you guys think is a good starter boat. I would like her to be anywhere from 23ft to 25ft. It's main purpose would be diving/fishing. I just purchased the boat trader to try and get somewhat of an idea of what I think I'm looking for. Man I'm stoked!!!!
Whoever helps will have an open spot when I take her out. Well let me know your opinion please. Thanks

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Old 12-01-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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There is a Cwitch 25' boat posted in the Dive Boats for sale section, it looks like a very nice boat, with a lot of cockpit space.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:27 PM   #3
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Re: In Search Of The Perfect Boat.....

That would be a C-Hawk, like Cwitch owns, in the section. CWitch is a man, Bret... not a boat.

By the way, that boat Bret is referring to is a perfect gulf diving boat.

Many people use center consoles for diving, but there really best laid out for fishing from, as you have a lot of gunnel space, and can run fish all the way around. If diving is the main purpose, consider a cabin or pilot house type boat; its nice to get out of the weather, and really extends the dive season. Not fun to be diving in 60 degree water and 60 degree air without a cabin.

Also the huge back deck you get cant be beat.
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Doc,

Thanks for the clarification, here is the post, If I didn't already have a boat, I would look hard at this one.

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=37529
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:45 PM   #5
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Re: In Search Of The Perfect Boat.....

I would think a Parker 23 or 25 would be a good one to look for. They are made in NC, but are really getting popular out here in California, so there must be even more of them on the east coast.
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Parkers are nice, but they will not have as much deck space as the C Hawk.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:51 PM   #7
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Re: In Search Of The Perfect Boat.....

that's a very nice looking boat.. but I was looking more at the center console
style boats. also looking for something fairly easy to trailer. still lookoing in the trader.

this wouldn't be so difficult if I had a cool mil to spend.
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Parkers are nice, but they will not have as much deck space as the C Hawk.
OK, I looked at that link and see what you mean.

You guys probably don't want to spend the night in it, but I want more cabin space out here for staying at the islands.

And of course freedivers don't need as much deck space as scuba divers suiting up.

Does that C Hawk have any storage space under the deck? I was on a friend's Parker 25, and while the deck space was huge, I was amazed that there were no hatches to get under that big deck and store things.

I think I may have read that more recent models may have changed that though.
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Squiggy is on the East Coast so i doubt he will be spending the night on the boat, you don't have to go very far offshore over there.

I have only been on a couple of Parkers, but this C-Hawk has a ton of deck room, I think more than the Parkers, but the cabin is smaller.

For diving that would be a great boat.
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Squiggy is on the East Coast so i doubt he will be spending the night on the boat, you don't have to go very far offshore over there.
For diving that would be a great boat.
That is correct. No overnighters...
What's your 02. on Century??
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That is correct. No overnighters...
What's your 02. on Century??
I have seen them, they look nice, but I don't know much about them.

New boats are kind of like women, they sure are pretty when they are new.
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What's your price range and how many people/ tanks do you plan on diving out of it?
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doesn't the stern of the boat look kinda low in the water?? or is that how they normally run? How much lower will it get w/the weight of let's say 8-10 steel 120's coolers w/fish,ice,beer,etc. etc.??
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What's your price range and how many people/ tanks do you plan on diving out of it?
50k. I would probably say 4 divers 8-12 tanks + capt.

thanks for all your input guys I appreciate it. been thinking on buying a boat for awhlie now but was always hesitant due to lack of knowledge. well guess it's time to learn.

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