...my suggestion is a 2016 or 2015 boat. I have bought a brand new boat before and many used. I still regret buying that new boat.About to order 2320 from kevin Kelley at west coast marine and trying to figure out what options I should get.
Thanks yea! I love having a windless especially when your anchoring in 100' of water and it is stuck in kelpWow a windlass must be west coast thing on small boats. Or is it a Parker pilot house thing? I can only think of one boat under 42' I've fished on that has had a windlass. Everyone else, myself included just uses an anchor ball.
Good luck with the new boat!
Well I hope I won't have to ever kick this virgin to the curb lol...my suggestion is a 2016 or 2015 boat. I have bought a brand new boat before and many used. I still regret buying that new boat.
In my experience, value is in the used market. There are a ton of Parkers a few years old in excellent shape with all the doo-dads installed already.
You can get loans for used boats if that is the issue. Some times those loans have better terms pending lender.
It is nice have a virgin boat. But man it hurts when you kick her to the curb.
Yea buddy! Totally agree with the windless I hate pulling up anchor with out it just to move 3 more times to get the spot rightI wouldn't even consider owning a boat without a windlass. Simply put it makes you a better fisherman for the simple fact that pulling the anchor is a no brainer. This makes resetting when you "miss" the spot a non issue.
Also, a belly hoop is a nice start but full controls including trim tabs and auto pilot are awesome.
Yup got a 65 gallon bait tank thanks for the tipsObviously Bait Tank should be #1 on your list. Belly ring as noted above, one of the downsides of a pilot house is you are sitting low and have your vision obstructed while looking for birds. If you get an AP you can get the remote and drive the boat from up top if you get a ring.
Windless is a waste of money. Just another electrical component to break. Get an anchor all for $50.
ROD HOLDERS. I have 24 on my Parker and wish I had more.
So right now the boat is on order from factory but the electronics are going to be done at the west coast marine. right now I have it as simrad NSS12 evo 2 with 4g broadband and 1000w transducer recommended by the dealer I have no experience with it and he said I could change it. What electronics would you recommend?He's buying new, he can obviously afford to sacrifice some money to save some time and effort. Might as well just tell him what's ideal on that boat.
I'll add one: quality thru hull transducer with chirp support, don't cheap out here as it's more important than many people think when choosing electronics