downeast boats 35 to 38 ft

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What downeast boat would be considered the top of the line hull for tuna and shark fishing in the 35 to 38ft range? considering there all custom boats,and peoples prefferences, Im curious to see who likes what and why, and there opinions on why they like that hull, thank you
 

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Man that is a loaded question. You will get a lot of opinions and IMO what is most important to me is ride and speed, so I tend to like the built down boats better as they give a softer ride and decent speed. Duffy 35 would be a good choice if you can live with less than 20kts, a Flowers 36 or 38 would fit the bill very nicely for speed and ride, NB 36 would be another good choice. I also like the Duffy 37 but that is a hard chine boat.
Keep in mind that length is only one dimension of the boat, many hulls in this size range, vary in beam which will really change how they are in comparison to one another and in all aspects of operation.
If you plan on using the boat in the best of conditions most of the time I don't think you will go wrong with many of the different hull out there, but if you are going out in less than desirable seas I would stick with the built down designs just because they tend to have a softer ride and will carry the speed a bit longer comfortably.
When you are ready send me a note and you can see my boat, as I prepare to move up to a Flowers 43.
 

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Ok Blitzen thank you for your input, Ihave not fished off a downeast yet, but im in the market to have one built in the near future , I just havent committed to a hull yet, im gathering as much info as i can from those of you who have and fish them, I love the style and looks of the downeast, Im coming from a 41 viking,which was a good boat,i just got tired of being stuck on the bridge alone most of the time, and i have some back problems ,where i need to look for that softer ride, ,I fish out of RI, and i will be going over to check out the boats on block island the weekend of the 7th, hope to get some good ideas there, thank you
 

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Ok Raider thank you for your input,
 

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Depends on what kind of sea you intend to be out in.

A 35 Duffy is a great boat. So is the NorthernBay 38. A Northern Bay 36 is also a very nice sea boat. Ummm now that I'm thinking about it.. all of them are nice. there probably is a DE for anyones needs.
 

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Ok lobstercather, thank you for your input, so far the 35 duffy keeps popping up, Im not using it for chartering, more of a family boat ,I have 5 boys,plus nephews and so forth , so the boat will be used for us and i will fish some tournaments, i do like the looks of the duffy, I also will be looking for that soft ride, becouse i have some spinal problems,, I broke my kneck a few years ago, and have some lower lumbar damage, so a soft ride is definately on the top of the list
 

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northern bay 38
plenty of room up forward
plenty of room in the main salon
plenty of room in the cockpit
plenty of room below deck for 500 gal of fuel, 6kw gen set, dry storage are, live bait well and fish hold, all insulated
I know because I built it
oh it's pretty fast too

I wouldnt recommend anything else that fits in your size range

now if you wanted a 42...
 

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thanks first team, I will have to check one out ,i dont believe i have seen the 38 northern bay, I would like to see some pics of one, thank you
 

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northern bay 38
plenty of room up forward
plenty of room in the main salon
plenty of room in the cockpit
plenty of room below deck for 500 gal of fuel, 6kw gen set, dry storage are, live bait well and fish hold, all insulated
I know because I built it
oh it's pretty fast too

I wouldnt recommend anything else that fits in your size range

now if you wanted a 42...


I agree
http://downeastboatforum.com/free-c...tackle-sale-wanted/my-friends-38-nb-2813.html
 

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If you want gold plated, go up to a 42 and have a wesmac custome finished. Should set you back about $1.4 mil, but NOBODY will say you could have built a better boat. We;;, they will, but they won't mean it. ;)
 

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Ok, MD145, thanks for your input, i will look into the wayne beal also, thank you
 

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What downeast boat would be considered the top of the line hull for tuna and shark fishing in the 35 to 38ft range? considering there all custom boats,and peoples prefferences, Im curious to see who likes what and why, and there opinions on why they like that hull, thank you

Did you make any decision on the hull choice. I am looking in the same size range, but have not committed to a hull choice, but leaning heavily towards a 37 Duffy.
 

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If you are looking for the softest ride in a 38' hull, I'm of the opinion the Flowers or Lowell Brothers will offer the most comfy ride and still deliver excellent speed. I've attached 2 pics of the new 38' Lowell Bros. When I was in the market for a 38' hull, it came down to the Flowers, Wesmac, and Lowell Brothers. You can't go wrong with any of them, they are all superbly designed boats. In the end, I chose the Wesmac, but my needs/priorities are probably different than yours.

38L.jpg

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im leaning toward the 37 duffy, but i havent committed to anything as of yet
 

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Calvin Beal....great tuna boats. Contact Stewart Workman at SW Boatworks in Lamoine Maine. Actually he has a used 36 for sale right now. I believe the 36 is docked in Ct
 

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Calvin Beals are great tuna boats. Contact Stewart Workman at SW boatworks in Lamoine Maine. I think he has a used 36 for sale right now....the boat is docked in CT.
 
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