Billy29

18' for Long Island Sound

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Here is the deal,  I'm looking for a boat for the Northshore of Long Island. I will be primarily in the Smithtown Bay area. I'm looking to just get out there spend some time with my dad. I will have to launch the boat myself and want something I can easily handle. I may trailer it the southshore on occasion 18-21 feet seems to be where I'm at. Looking for a strong fishing boat with minimal frills. What would you guys recommend?

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Center console Whaler or Mako. Can't go wrong on the sound, back bays, grass area's, skinny water, rocks. Plenty of good spots to get into. 

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My 20' Maritime skiff was a great boat; easy to trailer, got me out in the ocean east of Chatham for Bluefin tuna on good days, and up on the flats in Cape Cod Bay for stripers . Dry, stable, no frills.Older used boat that I bought a new 115 Suzuki for. I had an 18' Maritime before that; also a great boat but too small for the ocean..... Might be just right for North shore LI and the south shore bays.

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5 mins ago, Mr. Bigdeal said:

….. all boats are small in the ocean.

it's not the size of the boat....you know the rest. 

 

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I'm not going to do any ocean fishing. I do like to go into back harbors and shoot out to the middle grounds on nice days. I don't have grady white money. In a perfect world I would find something nice with a four stroke for $15,000. I looked at a Parker 1801. It was really nice. Wondering how it compares to a Scout, Sea Hunt or Key West?

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I'd take the PArker over the others, but second the maritime skiff if it's strictly fishing with Dad, not a lot of creature comforts, but a good platform for fishing the sound.

 

If it were me, I'd buy a restored Mako or Seacraft with new power, or restore it myself. But I'm weird about them.

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5 hours ago, Billy29 said:

Here is the deal,  I'm looking for a boat for the Northshore of Long Island. I will be primarily in the Smithtown Bay area. I'm looking to just get out there spend some time with my dad. I will have to launch the boat myself and want something I can easily handle. I may trailer it the southshore on occasion 18-21 feet seems to be where I'm at. Looking for a strong fishing boat with minimal frills. What would you guys recommend?

21 would be perfect for nearly any conditions you want to fish in on the N/S

a 21 parker center would be my choice

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19 hours ago, Billy29 said:

I'm not going to do any ocean fishing. I do like to go into back harbors and shoot out to the middle grounds on nice days. I don't have grady white money. In a perfect world I would find something nice with a four stroke for $15,000. I looked at a Parker 1801. It was really nice. Wondering how it compares to a Scout, Sea Hunt or Key West?

Scout is a nice brand. Higher end than Sea Hunt or Key West. So they're a little more pricy. Sea Hunt/Key West/Tidewater are all about the same. Good Mid Tier boats that are a good value. Parker/Maycraft/Carolina Skiff/ Chawk are all mostly bare bones fishing hulls that get you on the water. Parker being the one of the top boats in the category IMO. 15k will get you a newish/used 18" or a well used 20+ depending on the brand. I doubt you can find a Scout anywhere in the last decade for 15k. Same with any 20+ in the mid tier category that doesn't need significant work. So I'd be lookin at the bare bones class of boats Parker/Maycraft/Carolina Skiff/Chawk

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