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What’s the better boat for rough water. 26’ Sonic vs 28’ Pantera

Old 10-15-2020, 10:26 PM
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Default What’s the better boat for rough water. 26’ Sonic vs 28’ Pantera

Which is better in real bay 2-3’ers with big boy wakes. Wife tired of getting beat up.
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Which is better in real bay 2-3’ers with big boy wakes. Wife tired of getting beat up.
Sonic. But it’s the slower hull.
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I owned a 26 Sonic. It’s only a 25’ hull; BUT they ride great compared to others size for size.

That said, a 28 Pantera is 28’ of boat. It’s tough to argue with length especially if considering this hull.
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Really?
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I just bought a Sonic 260. Boat rides great in the snot. Its also has a nice deep cockpit. So you feel secure. I've never ridden in a Pantera, but as Sydways said it is 28 ft. It should ride better in rough. But the cockpit is very shallow. Thats my 2 cents.
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Haven't ridden in a Sonic but 28' is 28', it matters at this size. Pantera will handle chop well and is a pretty strong boat. If you can move up to a bigger boat the ride will be even better. And like Gary C said, there's no freeboard with a Pantera, very shallow cockpit.
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Hard to go bigger and stay with a single. Twins are enticing but they come with a much higher maintenance cost
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In true 2-3’s no 28’ boat on planet earth will be comfortable. Sure some boats ride better than others...but I’d temper your expectations.

if you want a smooth ride in true 2-3’s start looking at 38-42’s.

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As much as I’d love a 38’ boat, I have no where to put it.
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I believe there also is a big difference in cabin head room if that's important the Sonic has a taller cabin.
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