Best 22-23' Walkaround Boat?

PNW Drifter

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Hi guys,

I'm in the market to increase my boat length a bit but unsure of which brand/model to pick. I have some pretty specific requirements. I want something that I can tow comfortably that a F150 so not a Grady Gultstream 23' with 9' beam. Needs to be lighter easier to tow.

Needs to be comfortable for family and for fishing (separate trips). I fish Salmon and bottom fish and cruise desolation and the san juans with the goal to be a bit more comfortable on those overnights than my current 20' Pro-line walk around.

Probably going to be importing another boat from the east coast unless some unicorn pops up around WA.

Want
  • Single main engine
  • closed in transom
  • Good storage
  • sleeping cuddy for 2 adults
  • rear seating (flip down center seat would be ideal)
  • Bracket would be nice
  • Comfortable for family and for fishing (separate trips)
  • Used fiberglass is what I can afford around $25k ish

Considering these models
  • Century 2300 - - hard to mount kicker
  • Wellcraft Coastal 232
  • Robalo 235 - hard to find with single
  • Cobia 23 - rear seating too high
  • Grady 228 Seafarer - Would be idea.
  • Pro-line 23 (closed in transom version) - hard to mount kicker
  • Mako 23 - single engine is hard to find
  • Hydra-sport 23
  • Striper 23
  • Kencraft 23'
  • Pursuit 2470 WA

I'm wondering if all these 23' euro transom models will actually feel bigger than my 21 ish walkaround without the euro transom. Goal is more cockpit space.

What else should I consider?
 
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PNW Drifter

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Thanks Cody.

My question is probably impossible to answer. I can simplify.

Does anyone with a Euro Transom have a strong opinion about it? Love it, hate it? Waste of space?

Photo of Proline 23' with Euro Transom. Many brands make similar models in this 23' size.
 

fishbadger

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I had a Whaler Conquest, loved the boat, thought the eurotransom looked pretty cool, but waste of space where you want to maximize space, in my opinion. Now I have a Grady Gulfstream. 2005 model, before they widened the transom by sticking a fish box in it. I've had that boat some years now and I can't for the life of me think why I would ever want another fishing boat for salt. Love it. I solved the issue by buying a bigger truck, and it's all been worth it. My .02,

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Wild Bill

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If truly lengthens planing surface and makes a 22’ hull a 24’ hull for the price of a 22’ hull it is a very good thing. Unfortunately many manufacturers take a 22’ hull and extend the bottom and put on a euro transom and call it a 24’ with a higher price tag. No fishing space is gained vs the podded boats but the boat will ride and handle better.
 

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Of your list only the 2 Grady’s appeal to me. The gulf stream has a funky bunk bed setup though. The 228 is a very efficient fishing platform pretty tight v berth.

The Robalo 235 has a larger v berth than most of the others but I don’t care for its handling and lack of deck space.

The century, pro line and wellcraft are on the lower end on the spectrum. Doesn’t mean anything wrong with them.

I like the 23 mako a lot but rarely see them around and Cobia also not very prevalent here.
 

Genie Aye

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The euro transom is a waste of 2', just uses fishing deck, bracket is mucho better.

There is a 23 Mako for sale up at dagmars that needs a bit of love...might take a look.
 

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I have a Robalo 235, if you end up with one make sure it’s a 250 or 300 on the back. You need it with the dry weight being 5k and a 24 degree dead rise.

I just repowered with a 250ap Suzuki and dialing in props now.
 

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Yeah. Actually the 622wa is a pretty good option. I had the precursor “non metric” campion 215 fishing machine and really loved that boat with a black max 175. That was a really versatile boat. Not gonna blow you away in the ocean but did like 50mph and was a great inshore fishing boat that could get you offshore on decent days.

Despite being a mid to lower tier boat I always thought mine had very nice craftsmanship and was in great shape.
 
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I have a Robalo 235, if you end up with one make sure it’s a 250 or 300 on the back. You need it with the dry weight being 5k and a 24 degree dead rise.

I just repowered with a 250ap Suzuki and dialing in props now.
My buddy had one with a Yamaha 250. Seemed pretty sluggish and required some heroics with the tabs to run it in seas. Some had twin 150s and I think it needed it. I think his Bombaha blew up before 700 hours.
 

PNW Drifter

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I have a Robalo 235, if you end up with one make sure it’s a 250 or 300 on the back. You need it with the dry weight being 5k and a 24 degree dead rise.

I just repowered with a 250ap Suzuki and dialing in props now.

Thanks for the info. I've read the same thing. The Robalo 235 weighs 1000 lbs more than the competors and is apparently built like a brick shit house. I fully admit I'm not in need of such a tought boat, probably looking for a lighter boat thats 80% sound, 20% off shore. Grady's 258 is longer and 500 lb lighter!

Read that stat here: http://forum.robalo.com/publications/Editorials/2003mag/03-R235-BullyBoy-Boating.pdf

On my list, I know the most about the Grady 23' Gulfstream. It's really an anomaly in the 23' class, being almost a foot wider. My friend has one repowered with the Suzuki 350 hp twin prop. It needs it! It's a beast and needs a WIDE LOAD sign to legally tow. No go for me. Easy towing is key. I'd probably get a Grady 248 Voyager since it's lighter over that.

I'm looking for a better family boat that happens to be a bigger fishing boat so the rear centered seating is ideal for me. I know it complicates things.
 

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I’d find a way to make the 232 work. That’s an awesome 23’.
 

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Grady 232 is a ton of boat for the price though if someone doesn't tow much or has to park where I do.

https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1993/grady-white-232-g-with-low-hour-four-stroke-3590865/
I could tow that thing with a golf cart. Git-r- done.

It’s 2 feet narrower than my boat and i tow. You won’t even notice the difference. Its 9ft - 3” vs the usual 8ft - 6”.

You can get the permits if you want or don’t. It’s barely over width and none will hassle you. $120/yr if you wanna donate some cash to the general fund.
 
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What I will feel like towing the 232 Gulfstream lol...

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Pursuit 2470 WA might be a good option. Maybe find a nice great lakes one back east and bring out. Overall length has to be close to a 228 Grady and it isn't much heavier.
 
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Polarbill1999

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Pursuit 2470 WA might be a good option. Maybe find a nice great lakes one back east and bring out. Overall length has to be close to a 228 Grady and it isn't much heavier.
 
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