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Hello, Im new to the forum and would like to say hello and thanks for all the great info on these boards. I love the lines of a classic Eastern boat and have looked at a few 18' c.c Would you recomend any other brands of boats that are similar. Looking for somthing between 17'-19' i cannot afford new but have been saving for a while.

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There are plenty of Eastern center consoles out there on the used market (18', 20'). Other boats that are similar include: Seaway (old 19' soft chine or newer 21' Sportsman is hard chined), Eastporter 20', Monomoy 19', Tashoomo(I think built on MV), General Marine 19', Ellis 20'. Basically any soft chined boat with an outboard (sharp v entry in the bow and almost zero degree deadrise in the stern) using the historic roots of the Alton Wallace lobster skiff out of Westport, ME.
 

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Hey Dean.. welcome to the forum.. Eastporter gave you the lowdown on most of the good small DEs.. I am not sure how soon you are looking but here are 2 boats that might interest you.. the first is a 17 seaway.. if the motor runs ok its a reall good deal.. the hull and trailer are worth the price.. the 2nd is an eastern.. its been on the market for at least a few weeks.. it needs a paint job BADLY..but if you really like the hull and it is solid you will have fun painting it the color you want

17ft seaway with 70hp evinrude

Eastern 18' Center Console
 

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Guys thanks for the info i will put them on my list..Bill i looked at the seaway its in beverly. the owner hacked thru the bottom of the hull to replace some rotted wood and it didnt look like a good repair. i may give the guy with the eastern a call. How do i look for bad wood in these older hulls? Again thank you for all your help.

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Hi Dean,
The older boats have wood in the stringers, transom, bulkheads, and sometimes cored with plywood (bulkheads, consoles, decks etc). The hulls are solid glass and are easy enough to repair. My 1976 Eastporter had rotten wooden gunnels and trim too. I would say if the boat is older (not composite materials) and contains wood (not recently rebuilt) it will need to be checked for moisture in the wood. Most surveyors tap with a small hammer and listen for a solid sound, and use moisture meters to detect water intrusion. Drilling into wet wood (transom or stringers) is an easy way to detect water intrusion if you are allowed to drill small holes (fill with thickened epoxy). If you get the boat for a steal consider it a project boat and rebuild it. If you are spending a good deal of money on a boat I would recommend a competent marine surveyor to get it inspected. I saw a beautiful almost new Seaway 21' that is being sold from a salvage company in Mendon, MA because the former owner hit a rock or shoal. It looks like a new boat but needs a few small patches of fiberglass (bottom of the hull). I believe it is around $20k with the motor that has very low hours (bottom of skeg looks like it got hit too). My old transom was like mulch due to water intrusion over 30 years- the original builder did not fiberglass the top of the transom properly. The Easterns and Seaways are good boats but many old ones will need to be rebuilt.
 

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Dean,

Most outboards, Mako, Seacraft, Proline, Aqua Sport, etc have wood in transoms and decks. Wood rot problems are due to improper sealing of holes.

There is a lot of information on transom and deck replacement so do not be intimidated if you have the time and determinataion to do the work.
 

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Dean,
Check out the thread "Eastporter 20' 1976/2011" for a documented rebuild of my 1976 Eastporter on this website. Shoot me an email if you have any questions. I'm glad to help you if you need to rebuild.
 

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Guys, Thanks for all your replies. Im going to try and keep an open mind about a boat that may need a bunch of work. I dont have any exp with fiberglass work so im a little nervous..Eastporter i went thru all the pics on your build seems like a lot of work but well worth it. You have a sweet looking boat you should be proud..

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This may not be well received but here it goes. I would buy a 20 or 23 ft seacraft before a flat bottom 20 ft outboard labled a down east because it resembles the hull shape of a true DE single screw inboard. The seacraft gives a better ride in any sea.No question that they look nice but The Seacraft will leave any of them in the dust.
 

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Thanks Dean for your compliments. It turns many heads and gets compliments in the harbor. The Seacraft is a well know boat with its stepped hull deep V design- a very good sea boat that has a strong following. Many people buy Seacrafts and rebuild them due to their seaworthy design. A semi-displacement hull will pound if it has a flat bottom without a full keel. That said- my next boat will be a downeaster with a full keel and single screw. That will be my ultimate boat that is good in almost any conditions.
 
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