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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 Instructor, Scuba

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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 Solo Diver

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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 Solo Diver

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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?
     

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