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Cappy posted 09-27-2006 01:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cappy   Send Email to Cappy  
Ok, so I am about to pull the trigger on this boat and want someones final opinion.

2006 235 Conquest with 250 Verado, Hardtop, electronics, pump out, freshwater, bottom paint

$74,995

Please tell me your opinion....

prm1177 posted 09-27-2006 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Based on my 98 CQ 23 here are my recommendations based on your use of the boat:

Fishing:

Fishing Package
12V receptacles for reels/downriggers

Cruising:
Port side foldout seat
Vberth filler
Anchor Windlass

No matter what:
Cockpit cover and if you're planning on any cold weather or foul weather running, the weather curtain set.

Even if your cruising, the fishing package might be a good choice as the coaming bolsters are nice and the additional gunnel rod holders come in handy for the occasional table or portable barbeque.

Treypescatorie posted 09-27-2006 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
The 23 conquest is a beutiful boat, not too small and not too big. The fit and finish is nice and the hard top is very nice. I have been eye balling this one. As for the price it sounds like its in the ball park. I give 2 thumbs up on this one!
kline posted 09-28-2006 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for kline  Send Email to kline     
Cappy,
Check out the fish boxes. Is there a pump out or do you have to get the fishing package to get the pump? Don't rely on the drain plugs you are to pull out when underway. They drain ok that way, but what about the rain water that gets into the boxes while docked over several days?

A little thing but one that can be a pain.
Steve

BarryGreen posted 09-28-2006 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
Cappy - If this is an in-stock boat, then you're going to take the options it came with. However, if you're going to order a new one, suggestions based on my 2005 235CQ are:

* 250 Verado and hardtop
* Port side foldout seat and V berth filler
* Fishing package - depends on your habits. Boat comes standard with recirculating bait well, 7 rod holders, etc. Do you really need more?
* Coaming bolsters are great, can order as separate option w/o fishing package
* Weather curtains for sure, without them cold or rainy days will be miserable and everything will get soaked. Can not, however, see the utility of the full cockpit cover.
*Anchor windlass - in my opinion too much complication and power demand for it's benefits unless you have back issues
* I installed my own electronics, chose what was best item by item. All a matter of preference, but I don't think any one of the BW installed electronics represent the "best" VHF, GPS, FM/CD, or radar sets. Not to mention the pricing.

Please don't get me wrong, these are just my opinions based on my situation. GREAT boat.

prm1177 posted 09-28-2006 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
The advisability of the cockpit cover depends on where you live, I guess. Here in the Bay area, we have long stretches of sunny, hot days. During those months I use my cockpit cover exclusively since it does the job keeping the cockpit clean and I can remove it and install it in less than a minute. If I had my weather curtains up, I'd be rolling up the rear and front sections(or removing them entirely) just to get a breeze going when underway.
frontier posted 09-28-2006 06:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Buy a good used 22-25' Revenge with Yamaha's. Half the money and twice the boat!

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