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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15389539 11/07/20
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After seeing that boat I am reassessing my career and maybe I should get my 6pack. I'm just not a babysitter for adults at heart. But I know how to catch fish

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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Gooch_McGrundle] #15390285 11/07/20
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Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
I’ve been on a Searunner 22 across the Columbia River bar and Chehalis River bar, both are well known for being rough, and the boat was fine. Good suspension seats and you’re golden. I’ve owned an Alumaweld and currently have a Duckworth. The Hewes makes the Alumaweld look really bare-bones. Hewes has higher sides and heavier gauge than either of my boats.

Given what you’ve said about owning North River, I won’t go into that. They are good boats. The Duckworth Offshore and Weldcraft equivalent (same boat) are good choices.

Are you willing to consider fiberglass? The Defiance Guadalupe is a sweet ride.


No glass. NR manages to make nothing that works for me. The 27 is the standard but the cabins are ridiculous. I like duckworth offshore, but to be honest with you it won’t do anything the hewes can’t do with about a 50k+ price tag. They just don’t pencil out.

Everyone pretty much makes a 1/4 bottom, 3/16 sided offshore boat now. These hewes are a totally different boat than the 22 you were in.


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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15391519 11/07/20
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Originally Posted by Calvin
Originally Posted by Gooch_McGrundle
I’ve been on a Searunner 22 across the Columbia River bar and Chehalis River bar, both are well known for being rough, and the boat was fine. Good suspension seats and you’re golden. I’ve owned an Alumaweld and currently have a Duckworth. The Hewes makes the Alumaweld look really bare-bones. Hewes has higher sides and heavier gauge than either of my boats.

Given what you’ve said about owning North River, I won’t go into that. They are good boats. The Duckworth Offshore and Weldcraft equivalent (same boat) are good choices.

Are you willing to consider fiberglass? The Defiance Guadalupe is a sweet ride.


No glass. NR manages to make nothing that works for me. The 27 is the standard but the cabins are ridiculous. I like duckworth offshore, but to be honest with you it won’t do anything the hewes can’t do with about a 50k+ price tag. They just don’t pencil out.

Everyone pretty much makes a 1/4 bottom, 3/16 sided offshore boat now. These hewes are a totally different boat than the 22 you were in.


The SeaRunner was great, I’m sure yours will be better! Ill tell you what, I think Alumaweld is overrated after owning one.

Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15408885 11/12/20
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How does the current Hewes compare against a Wooldridge?
I owned both brands before and thought the build quality on the Woodridge was better, but that was over a decade ago.


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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15416373 11/14/20
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Not sure. Wooldridge has nothing that interests me for my use but they have good rep. Have a Capt lined up. Permit too.


Getting ready to order electronics. Electronics have been occupying a big space in my brain and ready to be done with it.

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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15423760 11/17/20
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Hewes isn't the best selling aluminum fishing boat in Alaska "by accident".... Great choice.


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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15424297 11/17/20
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Got all my electronics ordered. Went Garmin.


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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15436471 11/20/20
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Originally Posted by Calvin
Got all my electronics ordered. Went Garmin.

Excellent choice, besides getting wiped out by lighting once we haven't had any problems in 6 years. Did you get a Garmin autopilot? We have GHC 10 and really like the track and orbit features it offers.


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Re: Thinking about a new boat [Re: Calvin] #15436902 11/20/20
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No we don’t use an auto pilot on our boats. Garmin has worked fine for us too


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