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  1. #11
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    I'm on my what, 5th boat after getting my first in 1985 or so. I started out with a 16' Tri hull lake boat, to a Sea Ray (shudder) 25' cabin boat (rented a dock at a condo, VERY cool) to a Center console (CC moved onto the water) then a (WA) walk around. Beside offshore fishing my ex and I liked to take the boat up the ICW to camp out on the boat, with friends in Biscayne bay rafted up, or in the keys for a weekend fishing.

    If you want to do anything like that sleeping quarters are very nice to have and a WA is the way to go, otherwise the think CC. Why didn't they call the WA a cuddly cabin? Lots of that going on in them.

    Don't forget some decent rods and reels, outriggers, down riggers, someone to teach you what to do with them too... :-)

    Today my 5th boat is a 10' Jon boat no engine, trolling motor only and it's fresh water only for me from now on.

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    Senior Member Indigo's Avatar
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    Go to the south side of Port Everglades and watch the smaller boats when the current is ripping. You will get a better idea of what you'll need. The webcam is still down.

  3. #13
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    I realize you're not in the market for a new boat, but if you haven't checked out Florida Sportsman Best Boat spend some time watching some of the shows where we're featuring center consoles in the 21-foot range. http://www.floridasportsman.com/flor...man-best-boat/

    Enjoy the search, it's half the fun.

  4. #14
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    Hopefully you will make a few friends that have different boats that you can share a ride with. It will be good way to see would be a good fit for you. Even joining a boat club so you can try different styles of hulls. Maybe rent from a marina for a 1/2 day. So many thing to consider the sun in Florida can be brutal so shade can be very important.
    On another note welcome to PARADISE also known as Florida.
    larrywitt

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    Senior Member Yeaaa_Chris's Avatar
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    If you want to fish the ocean regularly, IMO, you will want a 22 footer at minimum. Even then, you will have to be cautious of the conditions. A boat with a deeper "V" will run better in the close chop that you will encounter 80% of the year. Lots of boats out there fit the bill, don't be in a rush and have fun shopping.

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