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Old 02-17-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

First time poster and wanted to get some "expert" opinions. I have been fishing in the gulf for about 5 years now on a friends boat. I am FINALLY ready to buy my first Center Console and would love some opinions.

I am in the market for a 19-21ft boat or really anything I can trailer with a 2 wheel drive Tahoe. I have always had a thing for Cape Horns. Hence the questions:

What year did the Cape Horns change the hull design to not be such a wet boat? 2001?

I know a ton of pros for owning a Cape Horn..any owners have any Cons?

Thanks in Advance.
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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on the 19 i think it was about 2002 or 03they changed the hull design,,, i dont think you will find any cons about owning a cape horn,,, they are a great boat,,,, and with the new design they are a very dry boat.. feel free to give me a call, id be glad to talk to you about any boat you are looking at...
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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I dont own one but fished out of a couple 17 to 24 ftyou really cant go wrong are you looking for new or used the 17 ft fishes like the bigger (other brand boats) and the 21ft is better for the rough days with lots of room consider fuel cost if it has 1 or 2 motors and size of motors My one friend has a 17ft with a 90hp and its great
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #4
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25' Grady 258 twin yamaha 150's 365 hr's cruise 27 wot 45+ 54,900

This is a dry boat , It has new curtains with it!
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:27 PM   #5
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lots of folks on here cut their teeth on a 19 or 21 ft cape horn. They are great boats that are easy to operate and easy to maintain. They will always get you back in one piece. But,Don't let anyone tell you they are dry boats. they just aren't. whatever size you buy, get yourself a set of curtains made for the console, and a set of wings made going to the gunnels and you'll be fine. or else you drive the whole time, and let your buddies get soaked.. thats alot cheaper. I'd say go for it. you can beat the hell out of it and have few issues. just keep up with the motor maintenance, check your pumps and safety gear often and go catch the big one!!!1
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Good Information. I am nervous about "taking the plunge", but I feel it is now or never.

I am looking to spend between 25 to 30 on a reliable boat to do some offshore 50 miles out or so fishing. Any recommendations are welcome, just have only fished cape horn, sea hunt, and "out of my league" contender center consoles.

I have seen some good deals on CC boats, but dont know much about the make of boat. Any website recommendations?
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #7
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Can't go wrong with the Cape Horn. My theory is if ya didn't wanna get wet,what the heck are ya doin on a boat in the first place. May I suggest cutting your teeth with a '31 Cape? Really,its only money after all! :shedevil Oh yea,welcome to the forum.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:45 PM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome.

Trust me. There will become a day when I can afford the big ones...Just unfortunatly a 31 footer isnt quite in the budget for my first boat. :reallycrying

I can dream though!
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:55 PM   #9
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Ya don't have to be able to afford it to buy it! Heck I don't think any or us that actually own our boats can afford them. We just prolong the process till we get another one. Good luck man,theres plenty of good deals right now on something that will get ya out there.
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:03 PM   #10
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Never fished a Cape Horn. Never heard a bad word about them.

I have owned a 21' Seafox cc for 6 yrs. 115 gal. tank Merc. 150. I love it. I have been 40 miles out. Most of my fishing/diving is in the Gulf. Added a t-top & crows nest 3 yrs ago. Base price was under 30k. I think 21' is a great 1st boat. It has allowed me to go the distance (offshore) while learning the ins & outs. One thing I have learned is: great days allow for great range, so large fuel capacity helps.

Good luck with whatever choice you make!



My father told me- Everyone should own a boat atleast once in there life.



Once you own one for a while, you appreciate his point!



Couldn't imagine life without one!
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