Best Dive Boat

Discussion in 'Boats and Boating' started by terry908, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. terry908

    terry908 Garibaldi

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    Would like to start a discussion on what everyone thinks is the best dive boat in the 25' range. I'm looking for a new boat and would like some input.
     
  2. nwdiver2

    nwdiver2 Scuba Instructor

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    Small house forward, head below in bow, big cockpit with side benches canopy over 80% of cockpit, 300hp diesel engine low under house straight shaft to prop, good door and ladder through transom. Had one like that it was an ex salmon fishing boat and could handle 8 divers that were experienced or 6 divers that werenÂ’t. It was built to run at 16-18k with 3 tonne aboard.
     
  3. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle

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  4. fiddler

    fiddler Angel Fish

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    I would look at a parker
     
  5. lhpdiver

    lhpdiver Barracuda

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    Those new whalers sure look pretty. We went the cheaper route but are very happy. We bought a 1990 25' Whaler Outrage in 1998 for $21,000. Repowered it with twin 225 hp in 2001 for another $18,000.

    We dive off it alot. We have a step ladder that we hook over the transom, which is only about knee high, and we get back on the boat with all our gear on. We are 50+ now, figure when we are 60+ we may have to take our gear off in the water :)

    Willie is in the water all the time. The only plug is in the bilge under the console. A couple weeks back it was a little choppy after a dive and I heard this sloshing sound. Turns out the plug had popped out. No problem. When we got home I bought a new plug and ran the bilge pump. "The unsinkable legend".
     
  6. quimby

    quimby Barracuda

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    http://www.twin-veeboats.com/26hw.html

    Cant say I have any real experience with them but are getting awful popular around here lately. Have looked at them in a dealers yard and the 26 weekender looks like a dance floor and the 32 can land a aircraft on it.
    This guy has a Glacierbay (a serious kickup in price) but gives a idea.....something to think about.
    http://www.keysmobilediving.com/boat.htm
     
  7. SoCalOffshore

    SoCalOffshore Barracuda

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    Not very practical for diving, but fun anyway.
     
  8. sb_diver

    sb_diver Barracuda

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    The local favorite here is: http://www.radonboats.com/

    A cabin is very nice to have. Personally here in CA where the water is a little colder it'd be nice to have a hose w/ hot water too. The university owns a Radon and a couple Andersons, they're also built locally, but I can't find a website for them. They're all great boats, ours are very much work boats but on the Radon website they have more cushy versions.
    Thomas
     
  9. Tall Tails

    Tall Tails Nassau Grouper

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    I LOVE my 25' Parker Sport Cabin. Mine is older but awesome.

    Jon
     
  10. Scubakevdm

    Scubakevdm ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    When you say dive boat, it makes me think that you are looking for a boat to operate as a dive charter. Is this correct?
     
  11. bwerb

    bwerb Hoser/English Translator, eh

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    the Zodiac CZ7

    You MUST watch the video...

    All this can be yours for a mere $195,000...:D
     
  12. Scubakevdm

    Scubakevdm ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Those are cool boats, but how would you get back in it with gear on?
     
  13. bwerb

    bwerb Hoser/English Translator, eh

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    You inflate your wing to float your tanks and haul them up (or have your buddy help you haul them up) when you are in the boat already.
     
  14. HammerNoMore

    HammerNoMore Scuba Instructor

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  15. Poogweese

    Poogweese Barracuda

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    I Guess I would take a close look at Parker boats. They are used for diving here (in Alaska) and I took a trip to North Carolina this past summer and saw a lot being used around the Morehead City area. I'll be looking at one when my old Bayliner Trophy gives up the ghost.
     
  16. STOGEY

    STOGEY Manta Ray

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    Well I am a new diver, but recently I've done two boat dives actually four including the discover dives in PDC. Anyways the two I dove off of where I live in the GLouscter, Mass area, the baot that we used was excellent. It was betewwn 30 and 31 feet long, and made from a mold. It looks very similar to a average tye fishing boat.

    This boat has a ramp/ladder at the aft of the boat, and is very user friendly. If I had the money I'd buy a boat like that without any hesitation. :crafty:
     
  17. android

    android Barracuda

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    My father-in-law just ordered an Island Hopper for diving the Keys.
    I can hardly wait.
     
  18. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Orca

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    It depends on your needs. Boats are a compromise. If you get one that has everything you want, it's too expensive to run/maintain. Also, you need to consider the type of diving you will most often use it for. I do mainly wreck dives, so this is the boat of my dreams, toys included. :D
     

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