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adapd202

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I am fixing to buy a new boat. I am looking for bay boats. Anyone have any info on the epics or chargers that tycoon sales. Also thinking of looking at a Skeeter, and NauticStar.
Any Info you can give me would be greatly appreciated as I am looking to buy one before I come to the greatest lake in the world for the week of Thanksgiving.
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I have a 2200 TE Nautic Star and cannot complain. I have owned mine since 2010 and have had to replace some of the pump motors but that is the only problems I have had. My brother had a 22 ft Epic and it would turn tighter than mine but did not handle the rough water as smooth as the Nautic Star. He has since sold the boat but not for that reason. I know they have changed some since I got mine so I am not going to say it is any better than the rest but at the time I got mine I compared all the features of each one did not find anything that the others had that I did not. Hope it helps, tough decision.
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Thanks for the input. Still trying to figure out what I am going to do. Right now its between the nautic star and a mako
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I'm still looking for a boat, if anyone knows of a good center console.
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I sent you a message. Not sure if it sent. I have a skeeter zx2200 for sale. Call if you're interested 940-465-4450
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If you are trying to find for the best boat, you may narrow your choices at Red Fish World Magazine. That resource will help you find other options to consider. Skeeter 24 is one of the top choices.
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lucky, have you got any pics of boat.
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lucky, have you got any pics of boat.
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This is lucky. Here's pics of skeeter

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Great bay boat, looks like around $ 40,000, 120,000.00 for a new one.
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$120 K, you looking at a Boston Whaler?
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Maybe I need to go up on my price.
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I would look at the Blue Wave boat .I had a 22ft. Pure Bay and loved it . 150 hp Yammie that almost made gas. nice factory rebates now . Check at North Texas Marine .
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You can have mine for free, Just donate as much as you enjoy it.
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I have been looking at some of the blue waves also. Decided to wait until around march to purchase one, unless a good deal comes around. decided to do some serious reading up on the boats as I will be retiring soon from the Police Dept and would like to find one that will last me for the next ten years or more.
Thanks for all the info.
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Okc boat show in February.
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Yes, boat show season is here. It is a great place to see a lot of different boats under one roof. I have fished out of most brands, and owned a few different ones. Look at several, find a few layouts you like and narrow from there. My current boat is a Nautic Star, I've had it three years, and I like it about as good as any I have owned or fished out of. Pay attention to hardware, lids, and things like that as well as deadrise front and rear. Look in the little nooks and crannies to see if you can get an idea how thick the fiberglass is. Get in them and walk around, feel and listen while bouncing up and down on your toes and you will find out real quick which boats have the best support. Another thing to consider is buying a wood free boat. Most manufacturers are building them wood free now, but a few builders still use wood. Nothing wrong with wood, they were built that way forever, but there is better stuff these days.
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I looked at quit a few and bought a new Nautic Star 7 years ago. Could not be happier. They were quit a bit cheaper than some of the other makes when I bought mine due to it was not a new company but they had not been building them for as long as most dealers. I compared with Skeeter.,Mako, Redfin, and even looked at a Ranger that I could not afford but did not find anything they had that mine did not. I chose the Nautic Star TE2200 and could not be happier. I have had to replace two live well pumps and batteries and that is all that has went wrong in seven years. Boat handles good in rough water and has a dry ride. I have used it on the coast and fresh water and would not trade it. I would look closely as I do not want to put negative things but you do need to do as someone else said and walk in the boats with an open mind and do not fall in love with a certain brand until you have looked at them all and compared. The jumping in the floors and on rod holders is a good thing to determine strength and thickness. Also thump on cup holders and such to determine the quality. I think you will find that they are not all alike or put together the same. My brother bought a center console that was a new design and he no longer has it. Things kept falling off, or breaking, and most of it cost him so he sold the boat. It actually went back to the factory twice for repair but was still a POS. and he finally had enough of it. I was like you and figured it would be my last buy on a new boat and wanted it to last and I think it will. 
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By the way I am not planning on checking out any time soon. LOL
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I looked at quit a few and bought a new Nautic Star 7 years ago. Could not be happier. They were quit a bit cheaper than some of the other makes when I bought mine due to it was not a new company but they had not been building them for as long as most dealers. I compared with Skeeter.,Mako, Redfin, and even looked at a Ranger that I could not afford but did not find anything they had that mine did not. I chose the Nautic Star TE2200 and could not be happier. I have had to replace two live well pumps and batteries and that is all that has went wrong in seven years. Boat handles good in rough water and has a dry ride. I have used it on the coast and fresh water and would not trade it. I would look closely as I do not want to put negative things but you do need to do as someone else said and walk in the boats with an open mind and do not fall in love with a certain brand until you have looked at them all and compared. The jumping in the floors and on rod holders is a good thing to determine strength and thickness. Also thump on cup holders and such to determine the quality. I think you will find that they are not all alike or put together the same. My brother bought a center console that was a new design and he no longer has it. Things kept falling off, or breaking, and most of it cost him so he sold the boat. It actually went back to the factory twice for repair but was still a POS. and he finally had enough of it. I was like you and figured it would be my last buy on a new boat and wanted it to last and I think it will. 
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Thanks for the info. I've checked out several boats and so far and leaning towards the nautic star. I have done business with Arbuckle Marine in the past and they sell them, so as of right now that's where I am planning on going next month to make a purchase, unless a better deal arises before then.
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Good luck with your purchase and might see you in June. I have already made reservations at Burns Run West for the first two weeks. You guys find them and post the info so I wont have to burn too much gas to find them and the bait.
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Good luck with your purchase and might see you in June. I have already made reservations at Burns Run West for the first two weeks. You guys find them and post the info so I wont have to burn too much gas to find them and the bait.
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I like Pioneer and Tidewater boats. Good quality for the money.
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I just want to thank everyone for the input and offers on the boats. My new 22ft nautic star will be ready next Friday and will be headed to catfish bay on the 17th for a few days. Its royal blue/white with Yamaha engine. Stop and say hey if ya see it on the water, I always have several different types of cold drinks on board.
Oh yeah, I purchased it from Arbuckle sports center in Davis. They really worked with me and gave me an awesome deal on it. Ron is a really good guy and bends over backwards to get your business.
Cant wait to try out the self deploy trolling motor and other options.
Good fishing and god bless
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Congratulations !!!

Sounds like a sweet ride, lots of new innovations out there, from electronics to trollin' motors.
I still have a hand controlled TM, I'm keeping an eye on the Ultrex line hoping they'll come out with a saltwater version.
I've thought about getting one now and just swapping it out with my current one for trips to the coast.
I typically only go to the coast once a year, but hope to go more in the future, it'd be nice to have just one TM.


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Your right, way to many choices on electronics. I went with the Lowrance hds9 gen 3 touch screen. They made me such a good deal on it I couldn't turn it down. They also made me a awesome deal on the ultra self deploy trolling motor. I decided since im fixing to retire I might as well get it set up right and hopefully will last me till im to old to fish
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