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Old 10-29-2019, 04:56 PM
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I currently have a Donzi Blackhawk Classic 22 thatís in very good original condition. I live on a fresh water lake in Michigan and as I contemplate retiring, I was trying to understand what the best mid-80ís or 90ís boat and length I would need to run from Fort Lauderdale area to say the keys.... mYbe a mile out or so. I know my 22 wonít work and I have no issues rebuilding a couple of big blocks for maybe a 35í boat?

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Anything 35' plus would be a solid option for your description. Winter the seas are definitely a bit rougher but you can get into Biscayne Bay and get to the Keys pretty easy. If you run north and come in north of Boca Raton the ICW is pretty decent for running up to Palm Beach and north.
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Thank you for the input. What brand of boat and or model should I look for? Thinking I want something well-balance, min porpoising..... Iíve read quite a bit about Fountain.....maybe thereís a better choice.

one added thought, if I wanted to keep it under 30í so it itís in my shop, would it be a big hit for open water (maybe only go on calm days)? .... Nd if that was the case, hat brand and model? Maybe my questions are too open ended....

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Any true offshore boat with decent freeboard over 25’ will be fine. Leave early, don’t go out when there are advisories and keep your eyes on the horizon, you’ll be good.
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Not my boat and I have no interest in it, but I can attest this boat will handle rough stuff quite well.


https://www.offshoreonly.com/classif...ay-o75733.html
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Sonic 30' or 35' well rounded boat for ocean running. More freeboard downstairs with all the amenities like shower, head, long V birth, fridge, ac also can be had with 12 volts. No more generator.
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Originally Posted by sandslot View Post
I currently have a Donzi Blackhawk Classic 22 thatís in very good original condition. I live on a fresh water lake in Michigan and as I contemplate retiring, I was trying to understand what the best mid-80ís or 90ís boat and length I would need to run from Fort Lauderdale area to say the keys.... mYbe a mile out or so. I know my 22 wonít work and I have no issues rebuilding a couple of big blocks for maybe a 35í boat?

comments on any and all are much appreciated!
you can go from the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami all the way thru the keys in the ICW all protected waters and no speed limit or manatee zones. so even if itís a little rough offshore, you can put in further south and run no problem. Watching the weather, if you know what to look for, youíll be able to predict the days itís going to be flat calm offshore South Florida. So if you want to stick to 30í, you still have options to pick the right weather or launch elsewhere.
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Thatís a great alternative I had not considered.....It sounds as if you are experienced in the area....if I did a 30í on an average day and running with the shoreline could I go out? One mile?
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Sonic 30' or 35' well rounded boat for ocean running. More freeboard downstairs with all the amenities like shower, head, long V birth, fridge, ac also can be had with 12 volts. No more generator.
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I was not familiar with Sonic, but based on a very preliminary review they seem like good ocean runners. How do these compare to a Fountain?

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You can boat all year. Its just tough outside in March, April and May so its a great time to just cruise the intercoastal. You can easily take out a 22 foot boat during the summer and go from inlet to inlet. People do it in 20 foot wakeboard boats all the time.
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