My first fishing boat - Yay or Nay? Thoughts at discussion appreciated.

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So ya, my wife and I settled on a 2021 Bayliner Trophy 20CC with a 150 hp Merc, fish finder, VHF and all that. She wants to do more of the lake thing as I'm much more inclined to get out to Catalina and Coronado area for fishing. The used market is insane right now and this boat seems to fit both of our needs. What are your thoughts? Thanks a ton for any feedback!

 

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Just kidding, the Trophy’s have come a long ways since back in the day. Good looking rig

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I like the look of them for an entry level combination use boat. With the way the bow is shaped I would suggest a sea trial in the afternoon to see how she handles some chop. They just brought the line back with redesigned boats so it may be hard to find anyone with actual experience on one.
 
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Looks like you could catch fish, rays and a buzz in that, your good. pix of the wife catching one or the other please.
 

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You're completely on target on used boat prices. Boats that wouldn't get a second look at $10k are bringing $15k now. Deck boats and the sort for lakes are sold out at many places, mostly due to the lack of production the last 4 months. The market has gone supernova on a lot of products, I would hate to be that person without a chair when the music stops.
 

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The used market is insane right now
Thats strange. The BD financial experts who drool at the thought of stealing boats from their fellow boat owners told us that because of teh china virus, the market was going to tank.
oh well

Thats a beautiful boat. Watch out for trailing seas and coming to a stop as the water will come in over that transom. Those used to be called center console/"walk-around"
 

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Oh damn, we're doomed or what?
Thats strange. The BD financial experts who drool at the thought of stealing boats from their fellow boat owners told us that because of teh china virus, the market was going to tank.
oh well

Thats a beautiful boat. Watch out for trailing seas and coming to a stop as the water will come in over that transom. Those used to be called center console/"walk-around"
Real talk, anyone with a stable family spent their corona bucks on a down payment for a new toy. It's not just boats, all manufacturing for recreational vehicles are looking this way right now.
 

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What are your plans for it regarding equipment?

I highly suggest a proper fiberglass bait tank installed underneath the leaning post since you mentioned Catalina and Coronados. The challenge will be getting someone to make it and install it (unless you're handy like that). Call Pacific Edge, BlueWater Bait Systems, Tom at TowerFab and Craig at West Coast Bait tanks.
 

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Like earlier beautiful, except, after I watched video, I do not like the boat cleats on the side like that.
Seems an easy way to push thru when things get bumpy against something.
Maybe just me but looked weird.
 

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What are your plans for it regarding equipment?

I highly suggest a proper fiberglass bait tank installed underneath the leaning post since you mentioned Catalina and Coronados. The challenge will be getting someone to make it and install it (unless you're handy like that). Call Pacific Edge, BlueWater Bait Systems, Tom at TowerFab and Craig at West Coast Bait tanks.
It has two live wells.
 
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I rock a 40 year old boat I bought for some peoples weekly fuel bill and fitted out. It floats and gets me home every time.

Would love a new boat.....even a Trophy.

Fish the F out of it. Screw the rest.
 
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Like earlier beautiful, except, after I watched video, I do not like the boat cleats on the side like that.
Seems an easy way to push thru when things get bumpy against something.
Maybe just me but looked weird.
Hmm...I never noticed that before. I wonder what engineering reason they had for this? Easier to on basic lake docks?
 

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It has two live wells.
Size?

My boat also came with two livewells. Still crap for our bait needs in SoCal. Give it a shot. You might be lucky with their design and also depends on your fishing needs. I chum it up and the bait need to stay alive.

My stock livewells now hold beer, ice and dead fish.

If after a few fishing trips you find yourself facing a bunch of dead, floating bait, there's your answer. If they survive the pounding trips to the fishing grounds and you're satisfied, there's your answer as well.
 

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Nice boat for sure and will do the job. Hope they stepped up their game over the last couple decades cause they were the bottom of the barrel in terms of quality. IMO you Must go for a sea trial in open water with some chop as you will be able to see how she truly handles, flexes etc. Dont settle for a putt around the marina or bay where it is flat. Also, keep in mind the resale price if you decide to upgrade or sell it in the future as you would take a bigger hit then the high end vessels. Google Bayliner forums and get on there also to see what owners are saying. Good Luck!