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I went to boat show this past weekend...and although I'm not necessarily in the market for a new/different boat..I am thinking about it. My issue is this.... I need a dual purpose boat. I want a boat I can fish out of, more easily than my current Searay, but I still need a comfortable family boat. Although my current boat has a cuddy, I don't really want that in the future, I'd rather have the cockpit space & seating capacity of a center console or bow rider.
So, as I wandered the show I took notice of a few boats that I thought might fit the need. Sea Hunt has the Ultra Series that was interesting. They call it the "crossover" center console. I really like the Ultra 232, with its extra seating & comfort features, yet its still a fishable center console. But I know nothing about Sea Hunt..... does anyone have any experience with Sea Hunt, or care to share their thoughts on other boats that might fit my dual-purpose needs?

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Mike
 

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100% happy with mine. i have a 06' 26 ft cc with twin 150 yammys. deep v cuts the bay chop down perfect. ive had it 70 miles off shore and never thought twice about it. very very satisfied with mine. dont think you can go wrong with one.
 

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I have a 232 Triton, which is the Ultra with a different layout. I couldn't be happier. I've had my boat almost six years and it's seen a lot of use. Have fished the bay pretty much from one end to the other, have had it 50 miles offshore in VA, and NC. It rides well in most seas, but can handle a real pounding if it gets rough. We got caught 25 miles offshore in NC this fall in 20-30. Wasn't a fun ride ,but handled it well. I've had no problem at all with the boat itself. Only a few minor stress cracks with all I've put it through. I've seen worse in boats that cost twice as much. Of course the usual electrical problem that all boats have, but I fix them myself. It's easy to trailer. Mines been from PA to SC and a lot of places in between. In fact its headed to OI this weekend. I think you can't go wrong with the boat for the money. Jack
 

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You forgot that it stops on a dime, in the middle of the night, in some far away land, after it comes unhitched...:oops::oops::oops:
 

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2003 Victory 215

Love my Sea Hunt. This model has a cuddy cabin. I have a 150 Yamaha 4 stroke and it pushes out an honest 40mph with 3 guys. Fishes well and has cuddy space so I don't have to keep hauling stuff to the boat which is kept in a rack. Seems to be very well made. I like to think of it as a "poor man's Grady." Rides very dry. If I had it to do over, I'd get a stainless hardtop on it.

A couple of issues:
Cuddy is very large for a 21 foot boat and that makes it a little dicey getting to the anchor.
Tends to lean a little left. I have about exhausted playing with the trim tab on the Yammie so I guess I'll probably install trim tabs (a good idea anyway)
For some reason, the inspection hatch for the gas tank is not over the fuel sensor and the inspection port in the tank. I'm having trouble with the sending unit and will have to pull up the floor panel. No big deal - four screws and some caulk - but not a great design.

Good luck,

Doug (Aches n Pains)
 

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wow, thanks for the quick responses. It certainly seemed like a nice boat...but then again, they all do when they're brand new, sitting inside the Convention Center. I appreciate the insight.
 

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Mike,,,I have a couple of buddys that have them here in Charleston,SC and would buy another.
I have looked at them and would like to have one too.
 

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I have had my 23 for 5 years and I can say nothing but good things. Unless something drastic has changed you will be very pleased.
 

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I've got a 98 20 CC Triton that I'm very happy with. As mentioned earlier a few minor stress cracks but she's holding up very well for what I do with it. I love the flared bow and their customer service has been good whenever I've called.

I'd buy another:thumbup:
 

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After several months of studing various manufactures settled on Sea Hunt Ultra 210 from Jim's Marine in Gelena (super nice dealer). The Ultra series covers both worlds for fishing and family. The Sea Hunts are well made and good value for your investment over other lines. I found Sea Hunt owners are loyal owners and that says alot for a product in my book.
 

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I have the 232 Ultra with a Yamaha F250 on it and love it. This was my first year with it and I didn't get to use it as much as I would have liked, however, the time I did use it I was completely impressed. The overall layout of the boat is great. I needed something for fishing and family and the rear bench in the Ultra satisfied both needs. It's great for seating and makes a nice casting platform as well. The front deck is nice, though if I had designed it I would have made a space between the two fish boxes the whole way to the bow so you could walk to the front without climbing on the front deck. Not really a big deal, but it would have been nice for working the front of the boat in rough water.

The F250 is more than enough power and rockets the boat out of the hole. I've had 5 people with full gear fishing out of it and didn't really notice any significant difference in response. Overall fit and finish is good, however, it's not Grady quality. It seems like Sea Hunt did a nice job and at this point I'd buy another one in a heart beat.
 

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excellent guys, thanks! Seems like there a quite a few happy owners out there. Shaggy, I might have more questions for you....since your riding the exact model....
 

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I have the 232 triton. She is 7 years old now. I'd do it again. Some plumbing problems and some electrical problems that came out of the factory, but nothing too awful bad. Good ride for a cheap price.
 

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For fishing and family comfort center consoles check out Sailfish. That is the main reason I got mine and everything has worked out well.
 

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After looking at boats for 3 years, I bought an 07 220 escape (their dual console model) for the exact same reason. At the time, I thought it was the perfect compromise boat for a fishing/watersports family. If I had it to do over again, however, I would go with the "ultra" center console. Reason being is that we fish 75 percent or more of the time, and I'd really appreciate the fishing space where my current consoles are now... And the only real features of the DC that were selling points are present in the ultra - plenty of comfortable seating and lounging places. The second console with porti potty was big on my wife's list, but in over a year it has never been used for anything more than storage space. And I see no negatives, other than being judged by fellow fisherman, of using the center console for wakeboarding. And I stand 99 percent of the time when I'm driving the boat, and the seats on the dual console do not accomodate this as well as a leaning post on the ultra would have.

I too have had a few problems for which sea hunts are known - stress cracks since I abuse the boat terribly in rough seas, and bilge/livewell/washdown pump issues. But I paid 30 grand for a brand new one with 225 4 stroke yammi, and in my opinion that is an amzing quality/price intersection - i.e. Seah hunt offers the best overall value out there right now. Sure you could spend more or less for boats of comparable size/design, but the quality increase or decrease is disproportionate.

Good luck with your decision - I think you're making a great choice!
 
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