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Old 12-26-2013, 12:53 AM
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So, I'm helping my pops do some research as he prepares to retire to the Apalachicola, FL area. I thought I would lean on the knowledge base of fellow TT'ers who know their boats.

I'm researching center console boats in the 18-25 foot range that can do shallow water bay and inlet work as well as near-shore runs.

What are the good, better, best, or gold standard hull/boat options? Additionally, thinking a four-stroke outboard motor, possibly jet power, would be an ideal power plant? Are mercury, honda, evinrude, or Yamaha still the go to power plant brands? I will say most of the hulls I'm seeing seem like they are always pictured with Yamahas.

Maybe I'll try to pitch a retro-fitted BF 200 as a bay/fishing boat!

Thanks in advance for any knowledge or wisdom you can share.

Happy holidays!

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Old 12-26-2013, 01:05 AM
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"Maybe I'll try to pitch a retro-fitted BF 200 as a bay/fishing boat!"

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Old 12-26-2013, 09:56 AM
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i know nothing about fishing hulls but i do own an outboard. i currently have a honda BF225. its been a great motor, but, if i were to repower, i'd go with the new line from yamaha.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:58 AM
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Rob Shirley was doing custom boats that would fit the bill last I heard. Most of the ones I was hearing about were bigger, but worth checking out. Check fish and dive forums, you might be able to find out more. Might as well "keep it in the family"...
Of course MasterCraft made a decent center console.
http://www.boattrader.com/listing/20...X220-102073045
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:26 PM
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I too cant help you on a boat recommendation but I have owned just about every outboard out there with the exception of Honda and Suzuki and would highly recommend yamaha
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:41 PM
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Islamorada FL is the fishing capital of the world with many boat dealers that specialize in shallow draft boats (if that's what you seek)

Like this one:

http://www.caribeeboats.com/Page.asp...Brochures.aspx

I know nothing about fishing boats except that if I hit the lottery it would be fun to have something offshore like a POST Yacht, at least a 50 footer!
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