Just got back from the Daytona Boat Show. I give that show 3.5 stars out of 5. For me, that 25foot (ish) size is what I am looking at. At least now. It was a good information gathering show. It was hot and thus hiring. They did not have any sailboats but that was ok. They had enough boats there for me to look at except I would have liked to see a 25' World Cat. They only had the bigger 29' World Cat.
Again, it was a good information gathering exercise. Of all the boats there I liked the Dual Console boats the best. They are just big (ish), deep bow riders. They are built on the same hull
as the center console boats. I got to really check out a Key West
219 Dual Console. They did not have a Key West
239 Dual Console.
Probably the coolest boats were a few of the brokerage boats they had along the dock
. I got to walk on a used 46' SeaRay Express Cruiser
as well as a 34' Carver. Both of these boats were clean and well kept...or just deatailed. The 46' SeaRay was nice and big with big enough bathrooms. Again, heck I would pay to walk around on these boats.
I got information from Freedom Boat Club. That is an interesting concept
. Not sure, but maybe this is for me. The initial membership
fee is tough to swallow at $3900 show boat price
plus $229 / mo plus fuel
to use the boats on a weekday basis. They have Cobia 22' center console boats, pontoon boats and deck
Tomorrow I will go to the Jacksonville Show.