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#51724 - 02/10/05 12:12 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Boatnatic,
I first saw the listing in one of the buyer's guides, it listed 320 max. i thought I checked the website and it said 320 also, but guess not. I thought it was strange that the 230 (a lighter boat) had the 425 max but the 236 was only 320. Glad to see it is actually 425.
I just noticed that the 236 in mention was the Crownline, i was thinking of the Chaparral. Isn't the CL 236 the old 230?


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#51725 - 02/10/05 12:41 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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I went through the same decision process a couple of years ago and ended up with the Cobalt 240. We have no regrets, but possibly wouldn't have had any regrets if we'd gone the other way either. Here's what our decision came down to:

Ride on bigger water - everyone agreed that the BR would be better.

Need for front boarding platform - we do more watersports than swimming or beaching, so I wanted a good swim platform, but didn't miss the forward boarding ladder

Bigger boats are heavy - the deckboats all seemed to be "family oriented" with less powerful engine options - probably to keep the cost down.

Resale - Maybe my imagination, but the deckboats I saw seemed to lose value a little quicker (this could be a positive if you're willing to go used)

Looks - The Minivan vs. SUV thing - I just felt like I would enjoy the BR over the DB

#51726 - 11/23/06 03:10 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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On bigger lakes the ride in the exposed water sort of demands a good bow rider for its wave splitting hull.

#51727 - 11/23/06 05:07 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Crownline deckboat!!!


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#51728 - 11/23/06 05:37 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Stihl,

I would have to agree. Click on the link below. This is the swim platform of a SR 220 SD. Notice that SR uses full length piano style hinges on the transom door along with a stainless latch. In addition you will also notice that the transom shower is also stainless. Just a few nice features of the 220 SD.

http://www.searay.com/brochure_image.asp...480_image15.jpg
I had a hard time seeing any boat in that picture.



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#51729 - 11/23/06 10:20 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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to me deck boats are like minivans - why have one if you don't have to. There are so many 23 to 25 foot bowriders that would be first on my list.


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#51730 - 11/24/06 02:22 AM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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That's pretty simple captkevin. On bowriders the bow compartment is basically a kiddie pen. On deckboats the bow is comfy for adults as well.

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#51731 - 11/24/06 11:38 AM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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With 7 in my family and the inevitable guests, the deck boat was the logical choice for me. The water is fairly calm here, though.


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#51732 - 11/24/06 01:20 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Bow seating on most 23' boats is pretty accomodating. Deckboats might have a little wider bow area but when under way how you are still going to have the same number of passengers as in a bow rider.


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#51733 - 11/24/06 02:17 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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when under way
Indeed, that is really the key distinction between bowriders and deckboats. Like their distant cousins, pontoons, deckboats are focused on offering the most accommodation when at rest. Be it at anchor, on the beach, or drifting. If you're going to be running hard a lot, a bowrider is definitely the better choice. Different strokes (and speeds) for different folks.

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#51734 - 11/27/06 06:14 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Deck boats can offer more foot space in the bow area because they widen the hull up there. That wider hull is not generally good for slicing through an afternoon chop.

Make it wider up front at the foot space inside and that often means a wider hull where the water hits the boat.

#51735 - 11/27/06 06:26 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Another thing that I have noticed with my deckboat is that there is much less "rocking and rolling" while stopped or idling.


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#51736 - 11/27/06 07:03 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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I prefer the bowrider, rough water ability and I just don't like the looks of deckboats, mine has been a great family boat, haven't needed more room yet, and five aboard is a minimum for us, usually six to ten.


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#51737 - 11/27/06 07:37 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Fair point CMJ. IMHO the "sweet spot" for deckboats is the 20 - 23 foot range (rather narrow, eh?). At 24 foot and up the bowriders can claim nearly as much capacity. Though the deckboats still offer more space for entertaining.

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#51738 - 11/27/06 08:13 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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We don't hang out and entertain much, we pretty much stay on the go. To be honest I haven't spent much time on deck boats, other than checking them out at shows and dealers, never got as far as riding in one.

Bottom line is what you like, want, and need in a boat is what you should get, the only person that can answer that question is the person buying the boat.


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#51739 - 11/27/06 11:00 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Originally posted by CMJ:
I prefer the bowrider, rough water ability and I just don't like the looks of deckboats, mine has been a great family boat, haven't needed more room yet, and five aboard is a minimum for us, usually six to ten.
No question - bowriders look better. It is also not uncommon for me to have 10-14 on board and the admiral really likes having the head.


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#51740 - 11/28/06 02:53 AM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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I think this deckboat is plenty good looking -

http://www.conquestboats.com/downloads_photo.php?id=251


#51741 - 11/28/06 07:20 AM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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I can cover 10, and I have a head, but 14 is out of range.

That is a nice looking deckboat!


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Chris
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#51742 - 11/29/06 09:47 AM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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The new for 2007 Bayliner 19 ft. Flight 197 Deck Boat
It seats 10 and looks pretty sharp for a Bayliner. Costs around $25k





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#51743 - 11/29/06 12:05 PM Re: Deck boat Vs Bowrider  
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Here is a deck boat that I like. Seems to be a good combination of bowriderish looks w/ the utility of a deck boat.


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