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Old 09-21-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Tunitous has got me and got me bad.After my very first trip all i can think about is chasing tuna in that blue water. So i have been thinking of upgrading my boat from a 17' customweld sport to a 23'-24' trophy - striper. What are some other boats to consider. fish 2-3 people most of the time if the boat was bigger maybe fish 4 at the most. We fished 4 people out of a 23'-24' trophy,2'wind wave 5'swell @11seconds and it was cozy. Also what size motor vs gas milage and what kind of range do you have. I like the astoria area and would mainly launch warrenton/ilwaco.Buy the way, that ICE LADY Boat for sale was a beauty,but missed the lottery again. Thanks for the advise.

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Old 09-21-2008, 01:22 PM   #2
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What's a good tuna boat? One with blood all over the deck and no more ice left for fish.

Seriously - do a couple searches this has been covered many-a-time.

Also you have to make a couple decisions first as to wat is important to you. Comfort, gas milage, range, price range, ect. THe boat should then select itself.
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Old 09-21-2008, 07:58 PM   #3
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[quote=Megabites;2184004]What's a good tuna boat? One with blood all over the deck and no more ice left for fish.

Exactly, my answer before I opened the thread. My votes for a used fiberglass w/ twin outboards, as big as you can afford!!!!!
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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keep in mind:
When you are paying for it, it's too big.
When you are insuring it, its too big.
When you are docking it, its too big.
When you are fueling it, its too big.
When you are washing it, its too big.
When you are maintaining it, its too big.


When you get on the ocean, it is waaaaay too small.

I dont see too many people here complaining their boat is too big. I read lots about 2footitis, and "my boat is big enough". I don't ever remember someone on this board complaining their boat was too big when the chips are down.


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Old 09-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #5
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My next tuna boat:

Length: 30' +
Power: 1000 HP +
Speed: 60 Knts +
Bait well: 100 Gal +
Storage: 50 tuna +
Fuel: Diesel

Other than all of that, I'm open.....
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:43 PM   #6
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My next tuna boat:

Length: 30' +
Power: 1000 HP +
Speed: 60 Knts +
Bait well: 100 Gal +
Storage: 50 tuna +
Fuel: Diesel

Other than all of that, I'm open.....

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Old 09-21-2008, 10:24 PM   #7
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:37 AM   #8
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What are some other boats to consider.
Any boat that can float no matter what.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:36 AM   #9
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yeah anything that floats
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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In my case, the best tuna boat belongs to my buddy. His payment, I help with gas, clean-up, maintenance, etc.

Many factors to consider;

Range, stability, seaworthiness (not the same as stability), reliable and economical power, deck space (for ice, bait, bleed tank, fishing) etc.

My choice for a trailerable off-shore boat would be a 26' or 28' Northriver Seahawk O/S, with twin Suzuki or Yamaha 4-strokes.

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Old 09-22-2008, 09:02 AM   #11
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what you can afford...start there
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:23 AM   #12
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I got what you need check out my post under boats for sale. Fall pricing in full effect.

Don't get something you can not actually afford to run without having 3-4 buddies to foot the bill. They get harder and harder to find consistently.

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Old 09-22-2008, 09:31 AM   #13
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The very best Tuna Boat looking at financail issues would be.
The other guys boat that you go out on.
This isn't a poor mans game. If you can deal with getting rides with others. Your best bet is to do that.
Remember every boat has 1 Capt. And several crew members.
You also have the possiblity of going on different boats. This can be a great help when choosing the right ocean boat you want later.
And the experience gained is invaluable.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:15 PM   #14
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You need a boat that is fast,good on fuel,large fish boxes,dry ride,large fuel tank,comfortable ride,trailerable so you can chase the warm water.Inside seating for 4 people.I would say 28' with 4 stroke outboards,9' wide min.Look at Parker,Grady,Glaicer Bay,StiegerCraft,Carolina Classic,seacat,StabiCraft,Orca,Seasport,Whaler,Ed Wing,Wellcraft,Stamas,Blackfin,Prokat.This will get you started.My top three items to have in a boat would be speed fuel economy and ride.Good luck if you find the perfect boat please call me.Rick
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:17 PM   #15
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Bluefinn already bought the perfect boat, now you'll have to settle for second best.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:20 PM   #16
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O come on Rick Just tell the guy he needs a STRIPER thats all you need the plug never comes out and it will !kerry! Lots of Fish

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You need a boat that is fast,good on fuel,large fish boxes,dry ride,large fuel tank,comfortable ride,trailerable so you can chase the warm water.Inside seating for 4 people.I would say 28' with 4 stroke outboards,9' wide min.Look at Parker,Grady,Glaicer Bay,StiegerCraft,Carolina Classic,seacat,StabiCraft,Orca,Seasport,Whaler,Ed Wing,Wellcraft,Stamas,Blackfin,Prokat.This will get you started.My top three items to have in a boat would be speed fuel economy and ride.Good luck if you find the perfect boat please call me.Rick
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:42 PM   #17
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Man, I have to agree with Corrirod. Bluefinn's boat is nothing short of awesome.

Here's what I look at though:

Cockpit. The first place I look is the fishing area. If it doesn't have a LOT of usable space, then I don't care what the rest of the boat has.

Power. The next thing I want to know is how much power does it take to push it. Big motors are thirsty and expensive. If you need twins, then just double my last sentence. Thirsty boats also need big fuel tanks, so the capacity must match the consumption.

Configurabilty. Can I set the boat up the way I want. Can I change things or add things, or am I pretty well stuck with the one-design-fits-all scenario.

Ride. Yep, that's important, but it only factors in if the above items meet my criteria.

Cost. Is it within my budget. I wouldn't mind having a 35' Cabo Express, but it ain't gonna happen unless I win the lottery. To do that I have to buy a ticket.

Trailerable. That's down my list a ways because, yes, I may at times want to be able to move it from port to port, but the truth is, almost any port in Oregon can put you on fish. Learning a port well is, in my opinion, more important than chasing highway fish up and down the map.

So that's my take. I've got five full seasons on my boat, and I musta lucked out, 'cause it ain't for sale. But I sold the one I had before so I could buy it.

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Old 09-23-2008, 07:46 AM   #18
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I think it is real hard to beat a Bertram 31'.

It is considered by many to be the best sportfishing boat ever.

In today's market, you can get a good diesel one for around $60K.

They have huge cockpits, are very seaworthy, and not terrible on fuel.

They are a classic design, so you won't have to worry about depreciation if you take good care of one.

If I had to do it all over again, this is the boat I would probably buy.

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:32 AM   #19
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I run a Trophy 2052 and it does it all. Good fuel economy, good ride, cuddy to sleep in or store fish bags, room for three or four to fish. Good range. Easy to clean and tow. Almost 3 miles to gallon on the run fully loaded. Or roughly about 4.5 to 5 gallons an hour on the run......


A good tuna boat: If my wife would let me would be the 22 foot Glacier Bay. Hands Down
Trailerable-economical lots of room and under 90,000 bucks.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:35 AM   #20
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My boat is an Arima legend 22, it has been a perfect all around fishing platform for me. I have the 130 Honda but would recommend the 150 hp. I have not seen anything under 24 ft. that I would rather own.Stable, efficient, Great range(106 gal.)8' 9" wide. trailerable without breaking the bank.(mine may be for sale soon).I keep saying next year may be my last.One trip last year saw 44 albies in the holds. All around great trailerable SALTY Boat. ---MIKE---WAYTOGO---
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:38 AM   #21
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I think it is real hard to beat a Bertram 31'.

It is considered by many to be the best sportfishing boat ever.

In today's market, you can get a good diesel one for around $60K.

They have huge cockpits, are very seaworthy, and not terrible on fuel.

They are a classic design, so you won't have to worry about depreciation if you take good care of one.

If I had to do it all over again, this is the boat I would probably buy.

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:40 PM   #22
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I think it is real hard to beat a Bertram 31'.

It is considered by many to be the best sportfishing boat ever.

In today's market, you can get a good diesel one for around $60K.

They have huge cockpits, are very seaworthy, and not terrible on fuel.

They are a classic design, so you won't have to worry about depreciation if you take good care of one.

If I had to do it all over again, this is the boat I would probably buy.

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