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Looking for a new bay boat in the 21-22 foot class. I don't know much about brand reputations. I have looked at the Nauticstar xts and Tidewater boats and thought they looked good and weren't too pricey. Does anyone have a suggestion or advice for me on this purchase.

Also, how much do the dealers move on price? is it like buying a car and can expect to shave a few thousand off or is the price what you pay? How are boat show prices?
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i would look at the blue wave line cant go wrong, black jack is also very nice but be prepared to open up your wallet real wide
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I have a 22' Sea Hunt and have been very pleased. Also, you should take a look at Key West, Sportsman, Sea Pro and Sea Fox. All the boats are fairly well made. Tidewater may be at the low end of fit and finish from my observations.
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DUVICS BOATS OFFERS BLAZER BAY. I HAVE AN 1860 AND IM VERY PLEASED WITH IT. THEY HAVE A 2200 ON THE SHOWROOM FLOOR RIGHT NOW WITH A SUZUKI 200HP ON THE BACK. THEY ALSO OFFER KEY WEST BOATS AS WELL. BOAT SHOW PRICES WILL BE A LITTLE BETTER TOO.
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Based on the questions you are asking my advice is to buy used. You can either get a premium boat for a not so premium price or you can save a lot because the not premium brands depreciate extremely quickly. Either way you will find yourself in a position where you can sell the boat for close to what paid for it if it doesn?t work out. It is also standard practice to get a test ride on a used boat. Hard to find that on new. Finally, you?ll save on taxes and having to add all the accessories. I have owned a bunch of boats and that?s my 2 cents.
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I agree with going after a used boat first. You can find some really good deals that won't depreciate quickly like a brand new one and yes, most dealerships will bend on asking prices. Do your homework on what type of fishing you will be doing and with how many people and how far your fishing holes are. That will determine the type of boat that will suit you best.

Blue Wave is a very affordable starter boat that offers a basic setup and is good all round shallow/choppy riding boat. Ride that baby out for a couple of years and you can decide from there what you want more or less in your next boat. Don't go out there and make a $40,000 mistake.... that's my 2 cents as well.
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All the boats mentioned are great boats. Do not know why anyone would rank the tidewater as the low end. I own a 24 ft tidewater bay boat. my wife and i were 12 miles out of venice two years ago and got caught in a terrible storm.
waves were 8 to 10 ft. We had decided we were not going to make it. the pressure from the front crashing down from the peak of a 10 ft wave into the next wave was so severe that it broke all 4 bolts that held my ultera trolling motor and it was total lost. brackets that held my cooler in front of the console broke on the metal brackets. I have said 100 times that if i had been in some of the other boats I Dont know if we would have lived. This lasted 45 straight minutes. My wife was bruised all over from being beat around so bad.

Ive owned three boats and this is my first tidewater ...cant ever imagine switching....not because of my story but its absurd to say tidewater would be the low end. .

happy shopping
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Wait for the Louisiana Sportsman show in March at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. Cheapest prices on boats and really low financing rates. I was buying my 24' Xpress last year and was convinced to wait for the boat show because during that time they would be running free extended warranty on the motor and I could get 2.9% financing VS 5.9% at the time
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I would first determine where and what kind of fishing you will be doing before choosing a boat. Lots of great boats... but for example.. fishing Venice and Delacroix are way different. As far as brands go... I’ve never heard anyone call a Blue Wave a starter boat nor is it all that affordable. Fit and finish as well as hull construction is hard to beat but you will pay for it. I actually think they are one of the best boats on the water and that’s why you see more and more guides switching to them each year. I’d have a look at blazer bays and sportsman’s as well. Hope this helps.
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What kind of fishing do you plan to do and where? Do you need a shallow draft or deeper V to cut through some chop?
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I have a 18' Blue Wave and it is great but plan to move up to a 20' custom aluminum something on my bucket list but getting an used one may be best for you look at boat show see what you like then test drive aused one or different types Good Luck
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If you have cash then buy new used 2-3 years old from an individual owner. If you have to finance still try to get used but you may have to buy new. Most boat dealers will not budge on price except one that's already rigged on special sale or boat show price. Try to buy a brand of boat and motor that is serviced at a dealer near your home. Make sure that service dept specializes in that brand with an experienced mechanic. Yamaha and Mercury are probably the most common. They're serviced in most places and parts are easy to get. Bring someone who's experienced with boats when you test drive it if you're not already experienced. Make sure the layout of the boat is going to suit your fishing needs and your family if you want to bring them out for a boat ride. I bought my boat after fishing in several different brands. Everyone is different when it comes to boats. Stick to the more common popular brands Bluewave, Tidewater. I have a Triton 220LTS bayboat which is a deeper v-hull than most. It's heavy does not float as shallow and kinda slow uses more gas but it takes on big water like no other. We fish offshore for Snapper or inshore for specks and reds.
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I have my Blazer Bay Fisherman 2220 up for sale. 250 SHO, power pole, I-Pilot troll motor. Ready to fish, hook up and go.
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