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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 weren’t. It was built to run at 16-18k with 3 tonne aboard.
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.
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".
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
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.