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Old 08-28-2015, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hi,
I'm fairly new to this saltwater fishing gig. However, I am looking into purchasing a Sea Fox 200xt so I can hopefully get to some fish besides catfish. Would this boat be able to get through the destin pass? I've heard horror stories about it, and I would hate to be taken by the salesman. Also, I noticed most of the public numbers are about 10 miles out, and then another 20-25 miles. The tank is big enough, but should I take this boat out that far? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Sure you could get offshore and out the pass in a 20ft boat. Pick your days. However, what are you wanting to do more? Inshore or offshore? If offshore, get an offshore boat. If youre buying that SF new you can get a better boat a couple of years old for the same price.
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Until I just bought a 21ft, we went as far out a 17 miles in a 17 footer without much though other than if our kidneys were up to it.... Usually not. haha
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I got a seafox 237 and I go 40-50 miles out. But I have to pick my days.

You can find some good deals on seafox's. Just don't ask the forum their opinion.
I like mine. It does its job
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Thank you for the information. I'm looking at a used one, and I don't want to go much larger because I would still like to throw it on a lake every now and then. Are the ipilot trolling motors worth it? It has a 24 volt trolling motor, but it looks like it's seen it's better days. Could a 24 volt ipilot keep me over the spot in the open water? Or would I have to upgrade to a 36 volt (way too much $)? Thanks again
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What kind of day it is makes all the difference in the world...sometimes a john boat will go in the gulf wide open till it runs out of gas,other times it won't clear the jettys.Just keep in mind that the worse it gets the slower ya go.This matters to me 27mi from the gulf.Big boats are for big water,when it gets bad,a small one aint for outrunning it.
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Get some more experience before buying any boat. Go with local people that have been boating offshore for a few years. Many people myself included buy to small of a boat and regret it later. I now run a 20.6 ft wellcraft and will go anywhere in it. But experience is the key you can own a 30 ft boat and loose it without experience.
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.... I don't want to go much larger because I would still like to throw it on a lake every now and then. ....
I've seen some pretty big boats out on lakes. Unless you're wanting to get up into some really shallow or stumpy waters.
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I run a ProKat 2660 and it handles everything really well. Has a 13" draft. Once you fish on a Kat you may never want anything less.
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I've seen some pretty big boats out on lakes. Unless you're wanting to get up into some really shallow or stumpy waters.
Keep in mind, some lakes have size limits or worse. Like my case. Many of the areas that I fish, I cant get my 21 Cape Horn in the water because of the ramps. Thus, I have a 16fotter too. haha
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