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Todd1027Todd1027 Posts: 6 Greenhorn
So I’m from Texas, and I’ve grown up doing some inshore fishing here. I’m finally looking into getting a bay boat, but there’s a chance I may be moving to Florida in the near future. I was considering new but I believe the used world is going to be best for my price range. So I’ve found a nice 2015 nautic star 2200 fully loaded, t-top. With 120hrs on a Yamaha 150,  well in my price range. But I also have come across a 2011 majek extreme 22 semi loaded, looks really clean, with a Evinrude etech Ho 250( Unknown hours, which I know will factor in) that’s even more in my price range. So I guess my questions are,  how old is too old? Would a traditional newer  bay boat be a better fit for a possible Florida transition? Or would a older, supposably better quality, more technical bay boat be a better bang for the buck and still transition well to florida fishing?
im not asking you guys to spend my money for me, but just looking for some knowledgeable insight into the used boat world.  

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  • 1outlaw1outlaw Posts: 1,888 Captain
    Where in florida would you be moving too? I believe that would dictate whats best suited for your fishing.
    Jason :USA
  • Todd1027Todd1027 Posts: 6 Greenhorn
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,237 Captain
    edited November 2018 #4
    I'd buy a reputable, used, name brand boat in your price range that's 20 years old before I bought a bottom tier boat that was new or only a few years old.  Take a look at a 15 year old quality boats' lack of stress cracks compared to a lesser quality boat that is only a couple years old.  Wiring is a whole other issue that's even worse and easy to hide.

    With all this red tide and the market slowing down... it's a buyer's market right now.  Take advantage of it.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski Posts: 16,813 AG
    kmagnuss said:
    I'd buy a reputable, used, name brand boat in your price range that's 20 years old before I bought a bottom tier boat that was new or only a few years old.  Take a look at a 15 year old quality boats' lack of stress cracks compared to a lesser quality boat that is only a couple years old.  Wiring is a whole other issue that's even worse and easy to hide.

    With all this red tide and the market slowing down... it's a buyer's market right now.  Take advantage of it.
    I've seen that as well.  Boat prices are starting to stagnate.    Give me another 18 months and hopefully I can buy.  
    You can't pet a dead dog back to life 
  • aimlowaimlow Posts: 17 Greenhorn
    Fresh water rots wood faster than salt water.  Salt water damages metals faster than fresh water.
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