Help with first saltwater fishing boat

Oct 13, 2016
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chino, ca
Name
pahoulihan
Boat
Nitro Bay 1800
I'm looking at buying my first saltwater fishing boat. I've spent my whole life riding jet skis and boating, etc, but I've decided to change over to the fishing side and have more of a relaxed family atmosphere now that I'm a little older. I don't have much room for storage so I've gotta keep the boat pretty small.

I found this Nitro 1800 and it seems like a pretty good price, but I am not 100% sure, any thoughts?

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2003-nitro-bay-1800-102879333/
 
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Fishbones

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Nov 7, 2005
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Chula Vista
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Rich
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One Off 28' Custom Built Skipjack (SOUTHWESTERN) & 18' Sylvan (Short Runs)
If you are limited to 18' I would look for an Invader center console. Big boat for its size
 
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kindafishy

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Jul 21, 2010
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SCOTT
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bayliner cierra express 2452 "RYLEE'S WAVE RYDER"
ARIMAS ARE A BIG BOAT FOR ITS SIZE ALSO
 
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Arima-bob

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Love my little Arima! One of the biggest little boats out there.

I haven't been on an invader, but I've heard lots of good things about them. Also look at 20' skipjacks. I have one of those too, love the huge deck!
 
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dcarlisle

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Jun 25, 2008
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The Island
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Dave
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Boatless
Arima if you have the cash.
I had a 17' Sea Fox for 10 years and loved every second of use. Great for the bay and even took it to the 425 on nice days.
A lot of good 17-18' sea worthy boats out there.
For 20K you should be good to go
 
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tanner.s

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Oct 18, 2012
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San Diego
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Tanner
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1997 Proline 23 W/A
I'd look at something with a low hour 4 stroke in that price range. 18' Parker if you can find one, Whaler Outrage, Invader, etc. Lots out there

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Kwohlers8

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Dec 1, 2012
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Fortuna CA
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Kris
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25' Skipjack Fisherman "Anchor Point"
I loved and miss my 20' skippy. Big enough for the ocean, small enough to pull the tube around at the lake. Not the best on fuel but you can pick them up cheap.
I've also fished on my buddies 17' arima. It has almost as much deck space as a 20' skippy and with a 4 stroke will get outstanding fuel economy. Sure doesn't ride as good though.
 
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Oct 13, 2016
3
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chino, ca
Name
pahoulihan
Boat
Nitro Bay 1800
Thank you all for your thoughts, but I can't fit a 20' boat where I have available to me. This boat, with a swing away trailer tongue, will have about an inch of space to spare.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the boat I posted? I can't find anything at all from Arima in my price/size range and I can't find anything from Boston Whaler in my price range.
 
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Arima-bob

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I don't know much about Nitro boats, but it would probably suit you fine for the bays, and inshore. You could take it out further on nice days so long as you know what you and your boat can handle.
 
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whammy

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Dec 18, 2005
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Huntington Beach
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Chris
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2200 XL Pathfinder
Like arima bob said, if you plan on fishing the harbors and real inshore like the horseshoe you should be fine, just know that those bay boats slap the water pretty good.
 
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