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Old 03-04-2008, 07:17 PM   #11
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Look for a walk around with some type of canvas around the cockpit. Your kids can nap below, get away from bugs,get out of the sun, stay dry,warm ect., and most of them have a small head below. They have great storage for food,without having to bring alot of coolers and ice, you can use soft coolers w/ice paks most of the time. Buy what is going to make it a fun experience. With kids on a C Console if the wind changes ,and temps drop you better break out the rain gear, and there is not alot of room to stretch out or get out of the sun, plus they are usually a stand up and hold on kind of ride in the lenths your looking at..T here are alot of great buys ouy ther right now, dont rush. There are alot of used boats out there w/ warranties. So when you get back to the dock you want a dry, happy non cookedwife and kids, not cold and wet and burnt.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:21 PM   #12
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Sequoiha (3/4/2008)Hey Landlocked,,, Ill bet we have just what you need...come on by and let me show you around... we are also going to be at the Rotary Boat Show at the Palafox Peir this weekend...

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When is the show this weekend?? My Friday and Saturday are totally booked.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:25 PM   #13
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It runs through 4 p.m. Sunday
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #14
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I love my Pioneer Venture 19-7 It is rated for 8 people and has plenty of room. We fish offshore (pick our days) and the bay. We also ski and tube. Its also great for just cruising.It is just a good all around family boat.

<U>http://www.pioneerboats.com/html/197_venture.html</U>

We bought our two years ago at Docs Marine and haven't had the first bit trouble. I am very satisfied.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #15
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That many people at one time on a 19-22ft boat is ALOT! I had a 27ft cuddy and 8 people was a pain in the ass if you're trying to fish. Pleasure wise, not so bad to just relax. A smaller cuddy will please the wife and kids and still give you something to fish out of, just don't plan on being comfortable if taking 7 or 8 people out on it all day. You can even get a bimini top that will cover the back half of the boat as well and keep everyone in the shade. Price on the other hand, that's something you may end up having to reconsider. Used may be better (with a warranty of course!)
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:42 PM   #16
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bellafishing (3/4/2008)That many people at one time on a 19-22ft boat is ALOT!
Did any of you see thatsmall hobie cat around Destin last weekend? LOL - They had at least 8 young menon that thing! It looked like it was about to sink! :P

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bellafishing (3/4/2008)I had a 27ft cuddy and 8 people was a pain in the ass if you're trying to fish. Pleasure wise, not so bad to just relax.
I agree - 8/9is a lot of people. Two to three extra people on our 26' is about the max we like to havewith usat a time.The more people with us, themore gas that is burned, have to use the trimtabs more, more stuff to take along, and when fishing its sometimestough. With four or five people totalthough, it'sjustfine. :-)
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #17
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Something like this is right up your alley. Maybe not this particular boat, but one like it.

http://pensacola.craigslist.org/boa/595480160.html
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:47 PM   #18
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I think going to speak with Kenny at Emerald Coast Marine, aka Sequoia, is a good idea. He is a service Manager not a salesperson, and he knows boats, I can also say from past experience that he proivides top notch motorservice even to those that bought a boat elsewhere, like me!

I also know that this partciular place is hghly motivated to make deals right now, because of excess inventory issues.

At least give them a shot....good luck!

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Old 03-04-2008, 09:41 PM   #19
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Come see Freedom Boat Club we will be there this weekend.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:53 PM   #20
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