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Old 03-30-2011, 12:23 AM
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It looks like this is more of an outboard discussion than a CC discussion......
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I likey the Concept 30' Sport Deck.

http://www.conceptboats.com/boat-mod...port-deck.html
thats pretty neat.....how fast is that?......how many mpg?
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It is no perception, it is fact. Outboards are more dependable primarily in the saltwater environment. In fresh water my inboard engines are reliable too. The close fitting cowling and the oily 2 strokes make for a huge anti corrosion advantage in saltwater. I think the 4 strokes keep the close fitting cowling advantage but lose the overall oiliness of the 2 stroke. I have run both types of engines for many years off and on or at the same time and I have never had corrosion on my outboards anywhere close to that of "car engines" adapted for marine use, in saltwater.
Ditto! My outboards are 375# and 300 hp and I can change one out at the ramp in an hour with two guys and be back out and running. To each his own. Just pokin fun with the car engine stab. Carry on!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:54 AM
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In a nut shell... YES..

what about a 33 foot cat with a beautiful North Carolina flair and 10'- beam fishing/poker run boat, twin 350's that is about 70+ plus mph..would that sell in this market place..

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It looks like this is more of an outboard discussion than a CC discussion......
Very true.....what I find interesting is everyone assumes a CC must also be a fishing machine.......I wouldt and havent fished on mine, not set up for it....its designed to go blasting around the bay and easier use for the family....both upsides
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Most CCs are used as a sporty alternative to a deckboat/pontoon boat and not for fishing.
http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/a...bimini-034.jpg
Most CCs based off sportboat hulls arent actually liked by real fishing guys, too narrow and too tipsy .
When I lived in Palm Beach I would go a lot of sundays to
hang out on the intercoastal and it was a constant parade of
CCs most the day and not a single fishing rod on any of them..

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Most CCs are used as a sporty alternative to a deckboat/pontoon boat and not for fishing.
http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/a...bimini-034.jpg
Most CCs based off sportboat hulls arent actually liked by real fishing guys, too narrow and too tipsy .
When I lived in Palm Beach I would go a lot of sundays to
hang out on the intercoastal and it was a constant parade of
CCs most the day and not a single fishing rod on any of them..
That's why we designed our 390 CC from scratch. Would have been a lot easier to use an existing performance hull but then you would lose a lot of what makes them nice. Plenty of room to move around, stability, dry ride, etc.
That said we didn't want to go too wide as then you lose performance and pound a little more. Trailering also gets more complicated.
At 10' our boat seems to appeal to the sport boat buyer but the fish guys like it too.
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thats pretty neat.....how fast is that?......how many mpg?
77.8mph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nAQJca_M44
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:17 AM
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Most CCs are used as a sporty alternative to a deckboat/pontoon boat and not for fishing.
http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/a...bimini-034.jpg
Most CCs based off sportboat hulls arent actually liked by real fishing guys, too narrow and too tipsy .
When I lived in Palm Beach I would go a lot of sundays to
hang out on the intercoastal and it was a constant parade of
CCs most the day and not a single fishing rod on any of them..


I want that!!!!
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Most CCs are used as a sporty alternative to a deckboat/pontoon boat and not for fishing.
http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/a...bimini-034.jpg
Most CCs based off sportboat hulls arent actually liked by real fishing guys, too narrow and too tipsy .
When I lived in Palm Beach I would go a lot of sundays to
hang out on the intercoastal and it was a constant parade of
CCs most the day and not a single fishing rod on any of them..
I obviously can't speak for your area or center console use patterns in it, but every photo I've ever seen of a SKA tournament start is filled with center console running hard toward.

Why does the kingfishing crowd choose them? Two of the same reasons a lot of performance-boat owners have moved to them: They're fast (relatively speaking, of course), seaworthy and (thanks to outboard power) reliable.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying custom and semi-custom high-performance catamarans will disappear. (The future of the production side, at least from what I'm seeing, is less certain.) I am saying that as performance-boat owners age their needs, tastes and desires change, and that has been expressed, particularly in the last 10 years, in the increased popularity for center consoles among these owners.

The fact is the performance-boat owner community is aging, and has been aging for some time, at a much faster pace than its "replacement rate." Or to put it simply, there aren't enough young guys getting into it as there are older guys getting out of it ... or shifting to other styles of boats, most notably center consoles, which, by the way, I never said were "something new."
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