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    What about the tide water bay max or Carolina bay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Habit View Post
    whatever you buy- get trim tabs on it.
    Yeah after riding on my friends boat this past weekend I wonít be buying anything without trim tabs.

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    Pathfinder. All of the others are cheap for a reason.

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    Anyone have any experience with tidewaters? They look good and seemed to be laid out well.

    I agree with others that were not impressed with pathfinders ride in chop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory View Post
    Pathfinder. All of the others are cheap for a reason.
    Shearwater, Avenger and Sportsman ain't cheap, brother.

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    If you get a Pathfinder, make sure you wear rubber boots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Habit View Post
    whatever you buy- get trim tabs on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory View Post
    Pathfinder. All of the others are cheap for a reason.
    Yeah ok. I had at 1900v and a 2200v and the fit and finish on the key west bay reef under the shed now is right on par and the ride is far superior. The Avengers and Sportmans are nice boats as well, these company’s have stepped their game up the past couple of years. Local support from a manufacturer is hard to beat also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Bart View Post
    Shearwater, Avenger and Sportsman ain't cheap, brother.
    Not in the same class as Hell's Bay, Sea Vee, Young, Shaeffer, Gause, Yellowfin. But then again, neither is Pathfinder. But, for mid-tier boats, Pathfinder quality is much better than Sportsman, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory View Post
    Not in the same class as Hell's Bay, Sea Vee, Young, Shaeffer, Gause, Yellowfin. But then again, neither is Pathfinder. But, for mid-tier boats, Pathfinder quality is much better than Sportsman, etc.
    Shaeffer and Gause aren’t even bay boats in the traditional sense. Porta brackets and towers aren’t my style, the layout is also shitty. And I want to go on record saying Young’s are hideous.

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    Shaeffer, gause, canyon bay, etc are all based on the original bay boat, the flatback Aquasport. Everything else is a new style bay boat. As for the layout why do you say it is shitty? It ain’t a bass boat and it ain’t a flats boat. A bay boat is supposed to be versatile.
    cut\'em

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    Just throw it all in and go with the Regulator 26.
    Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal? I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy but they're definitely dirty. But, a dog's got personality. Personality goes a long way.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saltydog235 View Post
    Just throw it all in and go with the Regulator 26.
    Regulator is making a shallow draft boat. Very heavy. Top quality but I bet it's a pig with a single 300.

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    The contender and yellowfin are awesome but I don’t fish enough to spend 100k on my boat. Budget is roughly 60k. Update after I’ve done some research. Sea fox is out. I’m looking at the sportsman, the sea pro, and both the Carolina bay and bay Max by tide water. The pathfinder is still on the list to look at. Anybody got any experience with the blue wave? I also thought the tide waters were popular boats but I ain’t heard nobody speak up about them. Any manufacturers y’all would stay away from besides sea fox?

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    I really like my 22 shearwater.

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    Tidewater had a lot of gelcoat issues, not sure if they have straightened that out
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottailSpecialist View Post
    The contender and yellowfin are awesome but I don’t fish enough to spend 100k on my boat. Budget is roughly 60k. Update after I’ve done some research. Sea fox is out. I’m looking at the sportsman, the sea pro, and both the Carolina bay and bay Max by tide water. The pathfinder is still on the list to look at. Anybody got any experience with the blue wave? I also thought the tide waters were popular boats but I ain’t heard nobody speak up about them. Any manufacturers y’all would stay away from besides sea fox?
    You can get a nice used Pathfinder in your budget. When looking at boats, ask yourself why is there such a difference in price? Reputation, design, quality and amount of components, lay up schedule, etc, etc. Usually there is a reason why some boats are cheaper than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory View Post
    You can get a nice used Pathfinder in your budget. When looking at boats, ask yourself why is there such a difference in price? Reputation, design, quality and amount of components, lay up schedule, etc, etc. Usually there is a reason why some boats are cheaper than others.
    Yeah I understand that for sure. Definitely want something that is going to last.
    A fish bites 2 times a day, right before I get to the water, and as soon as my boat gets back on the trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jws View Post
    If you get a Pathfinder, make sure you wear rubber boots
    Haha this is true, but still a great made boat
    Last edited by Gone South; 08-11-2019 at 02:25 PM.

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    Also think about resale......I listed my pathfinder for sale on a Monday and had cash in hand on Wednesday from a guy below Jacksonville

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