Ever been in that trailer sway situation at speed? I've lived through it twice, one with boat and one with a trailer. I now tow with an F350, enough of that shit. I almost got pulled into the ditch twice by what I was dragging. Traffic here can go from 80 to zero in a short amount of time. You need big brakes.Fuck my life. You guys are killing me. Can't a man daydream.
I fish down here is SD with my 18ft sea pro CC. 42 Gallon gas tank gets up about 90 mile round trip. We started bringing some extra gas cans on board to hit the farther banks. We get good weather days over summer if you plan it right and you can get pretty far. That being said, if you could get a larger boat with more gas I'd go that route.
I was looking at the Arima Seachaser Yellowtail. Its a 19ft pilot house. Thing looks rad. Brand new at 50k.
I would recommend getting the boat that will work for you 90% of the time and no boat is going to be best 100% of the time). For your needs, that sounds like a center console, which is not only more fishable than a WA, but the lighter weight will allow you to go a little bigger. And length is important. Over the years, I have owned a bunch of boats, but rarely used the cabins in the smaller boats I have owned. Spending a few days at the island living out of a small cabin sounds better than it is.
Solid advice. It's where I'll most likely end up. If I go with a center console I'll end up spending less and having a boat that is way more equipped.
I'm 6'3 so really nothing short of a 100 foot yacht is going to allow me to sleep in it anyway. I'm also always the one driving, fishing, and helping everyone else fish, and that's easier to manage when you can fish from the helm and have good visibility around the entire boat from any position.
You're 100% correct that a center console is the best boat for >90% of the fishing I do. 18-20ft is probably the right size for me too. Cost goes up dramatically above that anyway. I'd like to have money left over to buy gas and actually use the boat.