Well, the businesses started there and have not expanded to the west coast. Even if a certain boat is great, it is still a tough business to expand. Some have, think Boston Whaler, though you still see a whole lot more of the Whalers on the east coast than here. It is a pain, I'm constantly seeing "just the right boat" damn well across the country. All you can do is calculate the shipping cost, and see if it is still a deal, sometimes it is.I am in the market for a towable 29 foot center console. Question. Why don't we see more east coast boats out here? Everglades, contender etc can handle the Pacific. Thanks for any feedback. Rob.
I have purchased a few boats from back east. Biggest challenge is finding a good surveyor prior to purchase almost better off paying to fly a west coast guy out with you East coast owners and conditions can be hard on boats. Must do a good survey on the boat. Shipping is easy.
In regards to big center consoles in low numbers out west. West coast conditions and fishing styles make displacement and stability at drift key. With our big ground swells with long periods there are a lot of days that make it tough to run wot with a lighter sharp deadrise boat i.e. Contenders, invincible,etc. not to say there aren't 29' cc's that have these qualities: regulators, glades, cape horns, pursuits,Grady etc.
More than anything I moved from cc's to an express because I wanted some shelter for overnight trips and family usage.
Good luck on the hunt, there is a 36' Everglades and a 32' Jupiter on my dock in Newport Beach if you want walk one in person and talk to the owners pm me.
When you say shipping is easy, can you expound on that. I have a buddy seriously considering a boat in the Carolina's. So far the quotes for shipping have been in the $4000. Neighborhood. 25 foot boat.