It was late when I posted that message, I should have been more specific with my questions- "What do you think about this boat" is a pretty lame thing to ask.
I know that the ride advantages of a downeast hull design are considerably lessened the smaller the vessel. How do these 19' Seaways handle? I'm looking for something for Narragansett Bay that is economical and handles the slop and snot that the Bay dishes out every afternoon. I want a boat that I can run in that kind of a choppy sea at a reasonable speed without pounding my teeth out or feeling like I am a cork in a bathtub.
I also wanted to know what people thought of the amount of freeboard on these boats- I want a boat where the gunnel is high enough on your legs that you don't feel that you are going to pitch over the side when you lean over it.
Finally, I'm looking for a ballpark idea of what a 19' CC Seaway in decent used condition is.
Define reasonable speed.. I have a similar shaped boat (1982 19' Midland) and it was built on and for use on Narraganset bay and there are still people up there using them. I had mine out on a couple choppy days in LI Sound last year and 20 knots was as fast as I cared to go.
As for cruising mid-20's with a 50hp, with one guy in the boat , light fuel load and nothing else it might be doable. Most guys with that boat usually talk about cruising in the mid 20's with a 70hp. I have a 60hp and it cruises around 20 knots . My boat is probably heavier than the Seaway (I have a dog house and a 27g fuel tank)
I'm not a good horse trader on boats , I'll let someone else help you with value.
It says cruises in the 20s...if it does cruise in the 20s I would say that's barebones quarter fuel and a real thin guy driving it...! I would take that with a grain on salt.
I'd say for the price point it's a good starter boat, might be a little wet in the bay. No outboard mech by any means but I think those fifty Johnsons have a good rep not to mention a good power to weight ratio.
I think that is a decent price for a package deal. I owned the same type of Johnson (2004/50 hp) on my Eastporter. It was a good motor until the trim pump died- (not related) it got some bad gas and took awhile to work it out of the system. Two stroke motor is louder than current four stroke. Check out transom and stringers on older boats- they rot over time if not properly cared for.
I ran a repco 21' with a 50 hp tiller. 12-14 knots WOT. Not everyones cup of tea but it worked for me. I like a clean open boat in the under 20' class. I would strip that boat down, throw out the console and put on a 30hp pull start tiller motor!
Im a tiller guy like you jojo I really think its the best way for anybody to start....! But I'd keep that 50 and either have it converted to a tiller (sure there is a kit somewhere) OR trade it for a tiller!!!
I used to have a 19' Seaway that I ran with a 60hp Mercury Bigfoot. It would run about 25 or 26 knots WOT and cruise pretty easily at about 20 knots, as I recall. I rebuilt mine with new decks (3/4 plywood and glass) as well as a 20 gallon fuel tank under the leaning post. It also had two batteries. I never felt under powered even though the boat was certainly not light.
The boat will pound in a chop and will roll on the hook. It was a great boat. Bare bones and handled well once you got used to the round chines and learned how to trim the bow down to keep the pounding to a minimum. You could also turn hard enough to bury the inside gunwhale if you weren't careful. I really liked the boat a lot.
Make sure you take a good look at the deck and the cored transom.