25-30' bass boat $50-$75k?

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Hi - appreciate any thoughts on this - is it doable? Looking for coastal cruising with some fishing. Family of 5 (3 little kids).

Specs I'd want:
Cruise 15-20kts
cuddy
soft top
as much cockpit as possible...

Please let me know if you have experience with any of the following... which are perking up on yachtworld.. I would prefer solid glass and older if necessary (of course older at my price range).

What would you choose.. and why? THANKS

Flowers 25 - hadnt heard of them before, but one looks real pretty
BHM/Seaworthy 28
Cape Dory
Webbers 26
Dyer 29
Fortier 26
Ellis 28
Wasques - generally too much $
 

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I know of a BHM 28 with YANMAR diesel. Not yet listed. It has the LY 315 not LP. PM if interested
 

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thanks for the info. the 33 fortier's a bit too much for me. there is an older (82) Ellis 28 on yachtworld, along with a pretty Flowers 25... and a few old Dyer bass boats.
 

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Dyers and Wasques

I love my Wasque, and have time on Dyers. Both are built down, round chine hulls. Wasques seem a little faster for the HP, but are "smaller" for their size, both likely due to the narrow beam. I'm 6' and can stand in the cabin on a trunk cabin Dyer, I stoop in my Wasque. Either boat should easily go 15 kts with 175-200 HP, I cruise at 20 knts with 300 hp. Both are fantastic rough water machines. Older Dyers and Wasques have an engine box, which we love. It's a perfect place for kids to lay on, and play, and engine access is a breeze. My Wasque's hull is solid glass, and very well built, although cabin finish can depend on where it was completed and how old it is (obviously).

The Dyers are more round-bottom and can be rolly, where the Wasque is flatter aft and rolls less.... Important if anyone tends towards seasickness. Wasques are very wet boats, to the point where I have intermittent wipers on mine and they are used most days. Dyers less so. Wasques have some cool cabin set ups (we have a 4-berth model), but the cabin is small for a 32 footer.

We average 3 GPH with a mix of slow and high speeds. At 20kts I burn just about 10 GPH, maybe a little less.

I don't think I've seen a Wasque sell for more than $75k in recent years. They peaked about 5-6 years ago in price and now are more reasonable. I friend had a decked out Wasque, rebuilt from stem to stern with new 300hp yanmar, new deck, cabin, paint and electronics. He spent more than six figures in the refit I'm told (and i bet more) and made her into a jewel. he sold her for well in your price range. All 32 foot Wasques are now at least 30 years old, and most are nearer to 40. Watch for blisters.

The 26' Wasque is also terrific, but very small. Same hull shape above and below the waterline.
 

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Old Bay - thanks for the insight. Exactly what I was looking for!! I've never been on a 32 but have admired them when I've seen them from time to time.. Would probably be willing to roll the dice for their classic lines, if I can find one I like.... Thanks again.
 

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Old Bay - thanks for the insight. Exactly what I was looking for!! I've never been on a 32 but have admired them when I've seen them from time to time.. Would probably be willing to roll the dice for their classic lines, if I can find one I like.... Thanks again.

No problem, they're terrific boats. I assume you've seen the one in Easton, MD for sale "At Ease". She has a hard top, but if you're hell-bent on a soft top I heard the hard top on her is a recent addition and may come off reasonably easy. If you have any questions, or are in the neighborhood, you're welcome to see mine.
 

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Check out this Fortier 26 on this site and The Hull Truth.
Excellent boat with Yanmar 230 4LHA. Quick and economical. Well taken care of.;););)

Just to help forum members out, here is Dr. Dude's ad on DEBF.

And here is his ad on THT.

I don't think you will find a cleaner boat for the money!

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How about a custom ? I know of and have been on a very nice one. Lapstrake sides , smooth bottom and fits all your criteria and more. Ill look for some pics tonight. Its 26' has a steyr diesel ; similar look to a makenzine but is only 9 years old.
 

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Huh a custom would be interesting...
Dr Dude's Fortier looks great, as does Old Bay's Wasque (one of my favorites). I've seen the Wasque for sale in MD. Right now I'm limiting my search to the northeast - New England or maybe NY/NJ.
 

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PS thank you all for your insight and recommendations. I would probably be selling my current boat - 1992 Padebco 21, newer canvas and cushions, electronics, Johnson 150 w just 400 hrs. I've seen ads for similar boats for $20-30k. I realize conditions may vary, but has anyone seen what people have paid for them? They don't often come to market.
 

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Sure Bub - let me know if you find any details about itQ!
 


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