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Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by AmanOW » Thu May 21, 2020 6:17 pm

Hi Everyone,

I am hoping you can help me narrow down my choices in powerboats.... or offer up some alternatives.

Here is my situation:

Location: Texas gulf coast. Galveston, Kemah, Freeport.

Family: 3 sons who like to fish, wife who wants to be able to take a friend or two out on a boat. So 4 persons on board will be common. 5 persons on occasion, possibly more.

Activities: Offshore & nearshore fishing, some bay fishing, almost no skinny water fishing. Family fun.

Tow vehicle: 1/2 ton truck

Features that are desirable to me: A cabin because of the occasional overnighter. A pilothouse because I want to have an escape from the sun. A bit of range. Unfortunately, deep water is a good scoot off of our banks.

Priorities: Safety, efficiency, moderate outboard size. I don't need to go fast, but don't want to be limited to displacement speeds.

I understand that boats are made of compromises and I won't get everything I want. And I should practice on a canoe, which I will. :D With that said, my "short" list is as follows:

PG25C - not sure if her capacity is big enough. I am 6'3" and >200lbs. At least 1 of my boys will have my build. By the time I get this thing built, two of them will be young men. Economy is great.

C21/P21 - I would prefer a more narrow boat, but these are attractive. Maybe I need the width with that many people. Not sure how comfortable she would be in a formed sea.

NV23 - not sure how comfortable she is while underway in formed seas. Certainly not as good as the PG25C. I am impressed by the real-world economy numbers from Topwater and JCTercek. And I really like this style of boat. Probably my favorite!

DE25 - Big enough. Not sure how comfortable she will be in a formed sea. Economy probably not as good as NV23. Maybe I can build her light. I really like this style of boat.

GSX28 - Sweet boat, good economy. Narrow but big. This is a big boat though. Might take me forever to build.

Ok Gents and Ladies, what do you all think? Am I missing any contenders?



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Re: Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by fallguy1000 » Thu May 21, 2020 9:01 pm

Only two boats to choose from imo.

The Gulf28 or the Cx25.

Build them so you can get to the deep stuff and back with a margin or xtra fuel.
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Re: Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by BarraMan » Fri May 22, 2020 3:21 am

I put a bit of time in on this - looking at the alternatives, and arrived in the same place as FG100 - the Cx25 is probably the best all round fit for what you have given as your requirements.

People often say that speed is not important to them, but IMO if you are going off shore you either need a very seaworthy or a large boat, or both, or you need a boat that can 'get out of dodge' if required: ie when the weather Gods look like they are about to get angry.

While its good to get some other perspectives, at the end of the day its your boat. You have to build it, and you have to love it - or you have wasted a chunk of change.

Interestingly, your 'favorite' (NV23) was my least favorite! :lol:

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Re: Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by AmanOW » Fri May 22, 2020 8:19 am

Thanks to both of you for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your feedback.

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Re: Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by fallguy1000 » Fri May 22, 2020 9:30 am

The GoM is big water and runs to the deep require a significant boat. And like Barraman says; you need speed to return. We can do a canyon run with the Skoota because she is rated for 18 foot seas. Top speed in the shit is probably around 15 knots only.

With the boats I mentioned, you can't allow yourself to get into such shit as 5 meter seas.

If it happened with the Skoota, I could set the autopilot and go hurl while the boat took me in.

The Carolina boats also have the desirable feature of bow flare which helps dry out the ride. A bit more dofficult to build, but well worth it. And with the cabin; you can install a good portapotty for nature calls.

You will have to spend more on fuel and power.

The alternative is limiting yourself heavily on range. With the GoM, range limiting is based on fishing plans. If you are willing to limit fishing plans; you can range limit and build smaller boats that cost less and use less fuel, but you won't be running far out into the gulf. Consider all of your options on a map of the gulf. The 25 and 28 we mentioned can go out to the deeps. The others should be capable of returning timely for weather. Trips of an hour in nad weather are sort of my gauge. My fishing boat runs about 5-8 mph in a bad seastate..so that means I need to be within 5 miles of the harbor on Lake Superior. And this is the vessels practical limit. And we abide by it unless the weather is flat calm.
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Re: Please help me choose! Tx Gulf Coast

Post by fallguy1000 » Fri May 22, 2020 9:37 am

I should add, last year's fishing tournament was held and all the good fishing was 10 miles offshore. We did not do well because I won't go out that far in a 16' open skiff. Afternoon winds pick up and things get hairy for return trips.

Aripeka Angler is a gulf guy. It would be good to hear from him on the issue as well.
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