Best Long Range Boat

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by recurveman, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. DMcD

    DMcD Well-Known "Member"

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    Dennis McDougall
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    I fish several boats and it depends on the length of the trip to what boat I would like to ride. But for shorter 6-7 day trips, I don't think you can beat the ultra-limited load trips on the Searcher. More $ sure, but a trip limited to 14 people, each with their own private stateroom, on a 95' platform is sort of hard to beat.
     
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  2. Rodless_Jim

    Rodless_Jim I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Excel, hands down. Many of my reasons are personal, though.

    I love Intrepid and I love Independence. They are both great boats and I have enjoyed fishing on them. I could never say a word against either, and I would never put down any of the other boats on which I have never fished. I had awesome trips on the Vagabond with Mike Lackey and on the Shogun with Norm Kagawa and Bruce Smith. All fine choices!

    However, I just came off a 10-day trip on Excel that really could have been the trip from Hell. Worse, it could have been the trip that never happened. As you all know, I was robbed the night before the trip. I lost my rods and my computer case. I didn't know what to do.

    Excel really stepped up. First, Jason promised me that if I couldn't go I wouldn't "lose" the trip. I would get full credit for every dime on the future trip of my choice. Then Justin took charge. He called me directly and asked me what I needed. Rods were no problem. Did they get my reels too (they didn't) or anything else? Did I need boots? What size? If I was short of clothes, they would figure it out. Hooks? Jigs? Line? Whatever I needed. Just get my butt down to the dock and lets go fishing.

    I didn't know what to say then, and I don't know what to say now. I was in a bad head space, and, along with my friends, Excel took care of me. All the boats take care of all of their passengers...but not like this. I could never have expected it.

    I'm sure I will fish other boats on occasion, but as of now, my boat is the Big Lady E.
     
  3. Rodless_Jim

    Rodless_Jim I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Me too.
     
  4. Pangamaster

    Pangamaster Cow Town Here I come!

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    Dave
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    Holy Cow? 2019? And I thought putting my deposit down on the Phenix Rods 2018 trip was getting ahead of the game? I signed up a month ago and still got spot 31. I'm not used to this planning ahead stuff.
     
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  5. dh515

    dh515 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    When I initially read your post and that you were still going on the trip regardless I assumed your fellow passengers hooked you up with the equipment necessary to fish. For the boat to do this is remarkable and says something special about their customer service and operation. I’ve not yet been on the Excel but plan to. The only problem is getting on the boat. I looked at the schedule and most of the trips that fit my schedule are booked a year in advance which also says something!
     
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  6. Rodless_Jim

    Rodless_Jim I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I misspoke. More accurately, I didn't read the cricket-flipper's post carefully enough. I am on the 2018 Gallagher trip. I have not yet made plans for 2019.
     
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  7. Soda Pop

    Soda Pop I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    David Rouse
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    I am on the Pelagic 16 day in Nov. on the Excel. Booked 2 years ago. Great boat.... but I have a few great boats to pick from.
     
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  8. canyonman

    canyonman Well-Known "Member"

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    Great customer service. Have friends here on the east coast that love the big x. I will try one day soon. But my eart is with the Indy.
     
  9. Pangamaster

    Pangamaster Cow Town Here I come!

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    See you in a few weeks! Can’t wait!
     
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  10. mooose29

    mooose29 Sin Bin

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    If you see a trip you like call the office and get your name on the wait list for whichever boat. I ride the Excel and I know most years a 1-3 people get on our trip from the wait list. Stuff happens and people have to drop off from time to time.
     
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  11. Baja Bev

    Baja Bev Women of the West Rule!

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    I started doing long range (5 day +) trips in 2001 and the vast majority have been on the Royal Polaris, however I had a great last minute opportunity to go on a 15 day trip in 2013 on the Shogun and they really impressed me. People had said she was "rolly" in rough WX. I found that not to be true and there was less cavitation as well and the food was outstanding! Other boats I like are the Polaris Supreme (my current favorite) and the Spirit of Adventure. I'm checking out the Intrepid next year but only on a 4 day.

    I would suggest asking for a room layout since some people (I'll include myself) really have a preference for bunk orientation, engine noise, topside noise, or sea conditions. Ask yourself if you want to climb out of an upper bunk in rough water to hike upstairs to a head in the middle of the night while traveling, or leave some extra gear at home because deck space may be limited.

    I've booked solo, with clubs and at the request of friends and had equal results as far as that goes.

    There can be big differences between open loads and charters. Talk directly to the charter master to get clarification on trip specifics but be aware that the captain has the ultimate say.
     
  12. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    MarkT
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    And here I was expecting to hear Pacific Tuna King! Me? I like the Excel and the SoA.
     
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  13. SCHeadhunter

    SCHeadhunter Well-Known "Member"

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    san clemente
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    Tom
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    Sold to the man with $$$
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    Guided fishing trip. There are a handful of skippers that are hands-down better guides. I don’t need a soda fountain and a flatscreen. I need A skipper and crew that know how to get it done, understand conditions at various spots, have tons of experience with various conditions.
    The boat needs to be impeccably maintained with a perfect safety record, no history of incidents. The food has to be over the top and the passenger load needs to be low. I have my favorite and there are other boats similar in nature. This is what I would look at if I was considering jumping into the game and this is based on 30+ years of experience fishing long range
     

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