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Thread: Best riding boat under 6mts

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    Best riding boat under 6mts

    Looking ahead at what I want from my next Boat . I like glass and have been told the Hains 535 take some beating . Would like aloy ,but some don't ride that good . Happy to hear other wise ? Haven't been in a Mclay ,have heard they ride good for a Aloy boat ? . Its not going to be new $$$$$$ , so will be looking at something around 2000s - 2010 ish 5.3 to 6 mts Cheers Munsey
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    I like the Senator 560. It's my dream boat when I grow up and sell my Stabicraft.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    I like the Senator 560. It's my dream boat when I grow up and sell my Stabicraft. The ride is like chalk and cheese between these two.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny View Post
    I like the Senator 560. It's my dream boat when I grow up and sell my Stabicraft.


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    Yea had a Senator 560 and a 620 HT they are both great boats and ride way better than the McKay 585 I had tey are bone shakers.
    The 560 was an awesome size boat and rode real well.


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    Steadecraft 6m. Rides like a dream! Similar to haines hunter
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    Look at Seaforce they are a kiwi made boat, we have the Fisherman 600. Cuts through chop very well for its size.
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    Haines 600SF, still the same hull design after about 20 odd years has to say something
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    Lazercraft or southern sports if you want alloy and ride is most important. Best riding alloy boats out imho. Only problem is they suck when stopped, not such a drama for spearos but if you're one of those weirdos who use a rod they aren't the best.
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    I've heard good things about the new kiwicraft aqualines. That's what I want when I grow up
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    Same as all boats. Someone else's.
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    I've got a 1999 SeaNymph 566 I really enjoy, can get 6 adults and 5 grandkids in plus 1/2 the house, 130 Johnson of same year, great little boat
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    Ride will always compromise stability at rest unless the gain in ride is purely from weight.

    If you want ride quality you dont want a pontoon boat...especially an old one.

    In that 5.5-6m size I really dont see the point in a pontoon boat.....any modern brand should be cpc certified unsinkable, pontoons dont give stability hull shape does.A mono hull can be just as stable if not more so as weight can be kept lower....but it will ride like a pontoon boat....there is no free lunches.

    A pontoon boats main advantage is if fully swamped it should float upright if lucky tho if rough(you just got swamped so yea) it will probably get rolled also, a mono with all the buoyancy under the floor fully swamped is more likely to turn over and float upside down.

    Surtees and Extreem are very deep v flooding keel boats that should be great in theory but I have not driven either.

    Very fine entry boats can be bow steering pricks in following/quartering seas if they dont carry enough displacement forad and is something I would want to test before buying if looking for a "best riding boat"
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    Pontoon boats such as stabis are sweet but woft like dundee after an 18 pack at anchor
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