Well I already have a 30k boat sitting in the driveway but I am sick of getting the shit kicked out of me on a cc. Just want bigger and there is no talking any sense into my dumb ass
NOT that you don't know this--just saying, there are 30K skiffs that ride rough and 30K, Deep V's that slice. Same with your budget now--and that's the fun part, all the choices you have to look at in both size and design. Is this going to be a big trailer, or slip boat? You want aluminum or fiberglass, outboard/inboard, or no preference? New, used or either depending on what you come across? Shit would I like to be in your shoes--to me, a big part of the fun is sorting it out on paper before ever going to see any one boat. Please keep us posted as you get in deeper, I'll bet you get a cool boat.Well I already have a 30k boat sitting in the driveway but I am sick of getting the shit kicked out of me on a cc. Just want bigger and there is no talking any sense into my dumb ass
You can get a better bang for the buck than that Radon. If I had to spend the money, it would be a Davis, Parker, or a pilot house cat. The farallons are awesome too.
I was running in next to a 24ft Radon the other day and they were taking a beating. It was surely rough out but with the deadrise on our Proline, we can hold 25kts in pretty much any conditions. Plus, the cost is super low and you get plenty of amenities. To each his own, I'll take the cheaper boat that catches just as many fish and goes faster more comfortably.
Yeah, I'm sure he won't get the shit kicked out of him when running into a good head sea at speed in a Radon. All about what characteristics you are looking for. If you like to leave early and come back late, Radon/Anderson/etc. will be a great choice on the West coast. However, they lack the cabin space and high speed, smooth ride of other boats, which is what the OP is looking for. These Westcoast boats are great, in the right conditions and hands. From what he describes, he is not looking for a boat of that style specifically.I'm sure he can but again you have no first hand experience riding on one of these boats so how can you comment like that? This is from another post where you talked about your "experience" with Radon's and Anderson's...stick to the Proline's man. Go ride on a real Radon, your attitude towards them will be changed instantly...especially if its really rough out. There's a reason these boats are super popular in Hi which makes our Ca waters look like a lake.
To the OP...if you're looking to spend that kinda dough and your biggest complaint is "getting the shit kicked out of you", then you should definitely be looking to a higher end used West Coast boat like Radon, Anderson, Davis, Farallon, etc.
Great boats--it really all depends on your needs--and what you are willing to pay upfront and ongoing. Heavy towing takes it's toll--I see a lot of guys with big boats who just don't tend to go much---yet I know one guy with a 35 cat--and he goes all the time (his is slipped). One thing for SURE: if you have four guys total who can go regularly with you and split costs, that goes a long way. My two cents: for MOST guys "less is more", up front and ongoing expenses--and needs. If it were me (I know it's not) I would get a cuddy, 23' range Parker, Grady or other top quality hull, outboard (don't like holes in the boat for the inboard), that gives to me, the best combo of ease of tow, good range, in deck fish hold, bait tank, and all that. Size is OK--for me, cause I usually have one- three on the boat, and that 23 could take that and one or two more if needed. And I would not spend it all in one lump--you know the drill, after you buy you add this and that, fix this or that.Want it on a trailer not sure if I want diesel or outboards I know diesel parts are a shit load but it sure would be nice to run tractor fuel. I just don't know. I was looking at the 31 farllon with diesel ar a 25 farllon with a 350 yami. Wouldn't mind a 2820 parker just not alot for sale
Don't forget to look at the Albin 28TE. The nice ones are right in your price and size range. It's a single diesel inboard and quite a few have bow thrusters. The inboard is especially nice (versus out drive) if you plan on keeping it in the water and real quality build.
Radons are bad ass for sure, especially in a steep following sea, but most lack a lot of creature comforts, so it comes down to what you are willing to do with and without.
Osprey is another nice pilot house that wasn't mentioned, but uses an out drive as well.
Or use that money on a down payment for the new Ocean Sport 26'
I've spoken with a bunch of owners, rode on one. Everyone concludes that they are a low-amenity boat that generally pounds when going into a head sea of any considerable size. You can find this statement across the Internet and plenty of owners will claim the same. That's not to say that they aren't great boats, just might not be exactly what this specific human is looking for! Hell, I love the smaller Radons and Greenoughs, I think they are some of the most practical boats in their class. But as they get bigger, I see the value less and less unless you are a commercial guy or don't mind bumping the speed down in a head sea. I'm sure they are more seaworthy than many deep v boats, but out here in the West, that rarely matters in vessels of the 24ft+ size range.Where are you getting this from? Why do you think those boats hold their value so well, because they suck? Do you have any first hand experience to comment about ride quality?