If you want to go slightly larger, another nod to a pre-owned Mirage Pilothouse would get my vote. Wide, stable, solid, roomy, ride well, full galley, head with shower, sleeps 4 comfortably. One thing to keep in mind with the 90s style Grady's is the flotation in back of the boat may not support the weight of 4 stroke motors.
Out of curiosity, what year did they switch the manufacturing to accommodate on the Marlin?
In 97 or 98 they switched to greenwood and longer running surface on the 272 sailfish, same exact hull as the 282, so can run 4 strokes.
Work is well under way on our brand new offshore sportfishing boat Bite Me II being built by BlueWater craft in Navua, Viti Levu. Our vessel will be based on the above design however we have added a number of modifications to suit our fishing around Kadavu Island. With a 400L in-floor fuel tank she will be very stable for casting and jigging and have extensive range. I will be personally supervising the finishing touches and loading all the required brand new safety equipment in a few weeks and we hope to have her in Marine Survey and in service by the beginning of December. Latest Trophy CatchAngler Marc from the USA spend a couple of days GT Popping with us aboard Bite Me Too hoping to land his first ever GT. I know you guys have been asked this very same question a thousand times, but let's go over it one more time.
I want your opinions on which boat represents the best value for a price of $30,000 or less. I realize that my price constraint will prevent me from considering many of the upper tier brands, like Grady White, for example. The thrill of being on the water - we all dream of the perfect day on a yacht! If you love being on a boat but don't want to spend your entire holiday on the water, a day boat hire is the way to go.
A day charter is often the most memorable part of the holiday - swimming at a secluded beach away from the crowds, discovering a seaside restaurant, snorkeling, waterskiing and tubing.
Enjoy the glitz and glamour in Monaco or watch the Fireworks in Cannes with your French Riviera Yacht Charter, visit the Pompeii ruins and dine along the spectacular Amalfi Coast where the sea sparkles and the marine life is second to none, or set about exploring one of the many islands on offer around Greece. For those with a larger party (up to 12 people) who want to go a bit further in more comfort.
For up to 8 passengers cruising around the bay or to an island, going sightseeing, snorkeling, or waterskiing.
You can get a day boat from almost any marina if you want one, but there are several areas that stand out as being superb day charter locations. If Spain is more to your taste , Ibiza is a great choice, with the requisite stop for swimming and lunch on Formentera, and of course Palma and Marbella have plenty to offer the Day Charterer.See our Spain Day Charter Boats. If you're looking for a Day Charter for an Event of more than 12 people, that normally requires a yacht with a specialised license.
We take care of everything for you: finding the right boat and skipper, confirming availability, providing maps to the boat and suggesting interesting things to do in the area. We have literally walked the docks in ports around the world to find you quality boats, from reliable owners, that will give you great value for your money. If you have proper certification: generally ICC Day Skipper license or equivalent, you will be able to take most of these boats out bareboat. You are going to have to check out and hopefully fish from as many boats in your price range and see what suits YOU best. I will piggyback on a few of his comments, and provide my experience with the different center console type boats.
I currently own a 22' Bay Boat, but started with a typical center console which had increased dead rise and draft vs my current configuration.

I went to a Bay Boat because I was willing to look past the cons, considering the fishing time vs travel time ratio. Look, in my short amount of time and owning two boats, I have learned that everything having to do with boats is a trade off. That being said, I would ask people that own boats you are interested in to take you fishing. To illustrate what I consider a rather minimalist type fishing boat for our west coast, and the pros and cons of this runabout style, I'll post a couple photos of my current project.
A huge consideration should be a comfortable place for the helmsman, well protected from wind and rain and spray and sun, for the sometimes hours-long trips to get to the fish. Whether you're researching a new boat, or are a seasoned Captain, you'll find The Hull Truth Boating & Fishing Message Forum contains a wealth of information from Boaters and Sportfishermen around the world. She will be a 28ft go-fast go-anywhere fishing machine designed to perfectly service the growing GT Popping and deep water jigging specialists as well as offer anglers the opportunity to go after pelagic gamefish such as marlin, Pacific Sailfish, yellowfin Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo on stand-up tackle. This price needs to include hull, motor, trailer, basic safety gear, and basic electronics. This boat would meet all my requirements, but would likely run between $40,000 and $45,000, I am guessing.
You know what I want, where I intend to use it, and what I am currently considering paying for it. Or perhaps you haven?t tried yachting before and want to test the water with a day boat rental before planning a whole week at sea?
Whether you chose a crewed yacht, bareboat with skipper or can skipper yourself, a day charter is the best way to explore the coast of where you?re staying.
A boat like this can be rented for multiple days, which makes an ideal couple's weekend away, so you can really explore the coast and nearby islands.
With plenty of space on board to see the sights of the coast and sunbathe without your yacht feeling crowded, your crewed yacht is sure to be one of the most eyecatching yachts you'll see on your charter. Depending on the size, they may have a toilet and small kitchen, depending on your needs.Many of our clients hire a boat like this for their entire holiday, so they always have access to a boat on days when they feel like getting out on the water. Enjoy your charter between Cannes, St Tropez and Monaco as well as all of the great places in between. It is common to take out daily boat rentals in Greece as well as a villa to enable you to spend your days exploring the hundreds of islands nearby. Going direct will not give you a better price, and in many cases you will get a worse price. We'd like to suggest the right boat for you - simply click on one of the buttons below to see the boats or have us suggest one for you, or continue to read on to learn more about day charters! However, while regulations vary from country to country, unless you have certification you generally will be required to hire a skipper to take these boats. The main ports where we have boats are in the South of France, Ibiza and Mallorca, and even day yachts in Italy! We also have some excellent day boat charter itineraries on the site. Check out our library of Yacht Charter Articles, or click on the Charter Destinations button below to learn more about some of the great Charter Destinations we offer. It may not display this or other websites correctly.You should upgrade or use an alternative browser. That being said, it also had less casting deck and a T-Top which was a constant problem when it came to casting with more than two guys on board. Just because I'd like to see what difference a stepped hull design, in a bay boat configuration, can do. Some get through the water great with their 19 degree dead rise and are a bit more tippy once they reach their destination. Single screw is the most reliable; those installations commonly use a kicker as a get-home and for slow trolling.

For my every day driver, V-8 Tundra PU, this size boat tows just fine and isn't too heavy.
Powered by the very latest Twin 150 Mercury 4-strokes she will cruise at 25 kts and be capable of reaching 35+ knots at WOT. I have fished out of Bogue Inlet a number of times on an 18 footer, but I want at least 21 feet. In the Fall of 2004, I was quoted $20,500 for a 2004 186 with 2004 Yammy 115 4-stroke, aluminum trailer, T-top without the electronics box, etc.
ETEC,,If you can"t strech your $$$ to get a new one, buy 2001 or newer with new design step hull,, dry ride, 42 gal.
Start the morning with a light breakfast, head to a secluded bay for a swim and suntan, maybe try out the toys, then drop anchor and head ashore to one of many highly recommended beach restaurants.
With a dedicated crew to take care of your every need, whether food and drink or using the tender to try out some of the water toys, a crewed charter will ensure this day at sea will be one of your most memorable! See our French Riviera Day Charter Boats and beach restaurants in St Tropez, Cannes and Cap d'Antibes.
You can also charter boat with a skipper from Athens, which has a major international airport.See our Greece Day Charter Boats. You really made it a special day by going that extra mile in securing a reasonably priced boat for my wife and I to take out and enjoy ourselves. Skippers can provide a wealth of information about the area, get you into interesting restaurants or secluded bays, and generally make your day safer and more enjoyable.
They ordinarily had a cuddy cabin under the foredeck with a couple bunks, a marine head, and space to stow your gear out of the way. Others take a bit more time getting there with a 15 degree dead rise but are more stable to fish from.
Anyone is welcome to pick it apart or ignore it--all comments are welcome, as further discussion might aid the OP or others who would like their own minimalist, over-night fishing boat, budget or not. I still do day runs but the multi-day runs are much more fun and way more efficient on the pocketbook!
I will definitely be using your services again when my friends and I head off to the Caribbean next year and will be in direct contact with you since you were such a pleasure to work with." A customer who rented a powerboat in Cannes during his honeymoon. It is a very practical arrangement for keeping the occupants dry and still providing plenty of cockpit space for fishing. Nowadays most dealerships are not putting you ion the water for a sea trial until all the paperwork on the boat is finished and the boat is yours pending a sea trial.
I place an upper limit of 23 feet simply because any larger is very likely out of my budget range.
Thanks for your help in putting it together." A customer who rented a day catamaran in Tortola for a large family outing. Don't forget to tip the skipper (generally 5-10% of the charter price), and buy him lunch along the way!
It has trim tabs which makes a world of difference when we are forced to battle conditions.
The fourth guy makes the boat ride different and nobody makes the amount of quality casts they would if there were less people aboard. My boat was more in your second category on price but there are also some really nice brand new boats with surprisingly lower prices as well.

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