quest4reds Posted January 8, 2020 Report Share Posted January 8, 2020 Hey all, First post although I've been perusing the site for well over a year now, especially as of late. Not an MBG boat owner yet, but I'm hoping to be soon. Current boat is a Gheenoe 15'6" Classic w/tiller 20hp Tohatsu outboard, it's all the budget would allow five years ago when I bought it. It has served it's purpose getting me on the water and getting some fish out of it, but for obvious reasons it has it's limitations and I'm getting tired of getting beat up and wet in just about anything other than glass flat conditions. That being the case, along with a bigger although modest budget, I am looking to upgrade. One of my buddies had a 2006 Hewes Redfisher 18' w/115hp attached and we went out several times fishing on it. I was also good enough to offer to take care of it when he was overseas for 6 months by taking it out and running it for him, and that's when I fell in love. Yes I said "had", just before my budget was in a place to make an offer to take it off his hands he sold it and got a Hobie kayak (Crazy right? But that's another story all together). So that has lead me here. I primarily fish inshore with occasional trips to some lakes, and would love to be able to get out of the inlets on the right days in pursuit of some near shore fishing. I'd like to keep my purchase at $24k or less and am looking for something in the 18' to 22' range. I am usually solo on my fishing trips, however, I feel this may have something to do with my current boat not filling passengers with great confidence that we'll return to shore safely due to the small stature of the vessel. I have two sons, and at least one of them has a bit of the fishing bug. I have been actively looking for boats for the past few weeks and have found some 18' and 21' Redfishers, and some 20' and 22' Pathfinders that look pretty good. It appears to me that the Hewes Redfishers seem to have a cost premium on them and certain models of the Pathfinder, like a couple 19 footers I found, were more moderately priced, some were downright cheap in my humble opinion. I have been trying to look at the owners manuals for the Hewes and Pathfinder boats to find the specs for each, primarily deadrise and weight to see if there is something that would lead me to a major ride difference in the two that may explain the discrepancy in pricing. From what I've found, and correct me if I'm wrong, the Redfishers have a shallower deadrise, about 13 degrees and are heavier that similar sized Pathfinders which have a slightly greater deadrise angle at about 15 degrees. So I am thinking the rides should be similar. Would love to hear some of your thoughts on the comparison between the Hewes and the Pathfinder models, the capabilities of each, any limitations or known issues with certain models or years, or any other information that should be considered. I appreciate your time. Matt Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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