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Old 08-02-2018, 12:02 PM   #1
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Moved to Fort Walton about a year ago, been fishing from shore and diving off of a kayak, but looking to move up to a boat.

We'd like to be able to fish out of the east pass for kings and other stuff when the weather allows. 99% of the time it'll be 2 people, a 20lb dog and ~50lbs of diving and fishing gear. I have a lot of experience running small boats on the west coast(CA), but none in the gulf.

We've been looking at cape horn 16s and 17s, but I thought this would be a good place to get recommendations. Probably looking for a boat with ~2000-2500lb towing weight.

Thanks for any recommendations you guys have.
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Old 08-02-2018, 01:10 PM   #2
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Budget?
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Yeah, alot of information is still needed... I've always bought older used boats and just keep in mind they are holes in the water. Whatever you get (especially older) get it checked out from a marine mechanic. Sounds like you will spend some time in the gulf so I would probably shoot fer a 19+ ftr....
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I agree with Jason. I've had several 16-17ft boats that I "tried" to use in the gulf. Many days I had to stay at the dock. The Cape Horn 17 is actually comparable to an 18-19ft boat. But you may need that dive equipment to drive it. They are a wet ride. I've never ridden one, but they have that reputation. I have owned a CH21 and it was still very wet. The new style hull fixed this. But I dont know if they ever made the 17 in a new style hull.
But, with that said, they are solid boats that ride very well. I'd buy one again.
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If you have access to Eglin there are two CH's on the lemon lot. 17 &19.
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If you have access to Eglin there are two CH's on the lemon lot. 17 &19.
They want 12k for the 17, with an old 2 stroke on it...

budget is 5-6k, with a little flexibility
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About 6 years ago I bought a then-13 year old Sea Pro 180cc with an old Johnson 2-smoke, it was in very good shape. Guy wanted $7500; I offered him $6k in cash as it was all I had and he decided to part with it. I felt like I got about the most boat for my money that I could have gotten in that budget range. I drove that boat for nearly 6 years before saving enough to be able to finally upgrade into a bigger boat.

I agree if you can stretch your budget a bit and try to get into the 19' class hull you'll be happier with more trips out of the pass than you would with a 17 or 18.


You'll be looking at used boats in that budget range, so make sure you get the engine and the boat checked by a good boat mechanic before buy.
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I had a CH17. Great boat, well built and sturdy but wet. I then had a CH21, also wet. I agree with others, if I had had the CH19 I never would have bought the 21. Older CHs have wood except the transom, so get it checked out. A marine surveyor should have a moisture meter to check it.

Look around though. I sold a HydraSports 22 for under $5K with outriggers and downriggers and a rebuilt trailer. Fine for going out the pass. I wouldn't have gone out 20 miles on it only because the engine was old and very high hours. Only reason I sold it was I had a new boat being delivered the next week. I wouldn't have sold it except to upgrade and I still see it out regularly. Watch craigslist.

With any boat in that age and size range, your biggest risk is the motor. Get it checked out but it's still going to be a gamble.

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They want 12k for the 17, with an old 2 stroke on it...

budget is 5-6k, with a little flexibility
$12K for a 17 CH. Holy Hell! I see them in the $3500-$5000 range all the time.

I sold my VERY nice 21 with a Yamaha 200hp with 200 something hours on it for $12,500.

$12K for a 17! Someone needs to call the DEA on him. LOL

My buddy is currently selling this one. We've been about 18 miles out on it several times.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:36 PM   #10
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Cape Horn 17 or Mckee Craft 18 Pulse
Both are bullet proof. The McKee Craft Pulse has a better design and 18’3” instead of 17’9”
They made the Pulse up until 2004 and it’s the best 18’ class I’ve ever fished “hands down” and unsinkable. They made a CC and a walk through, the CC is what you want. Many were used by marine law enforcement as a favorite.
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