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Looked at all the 21 CC's. should've said that in the title...

Forward seating, barely any room for keeping fish and ice

The stern, seats in the corners, wasted space

Giant leaning posts, taking too much space - no space between seat and stern

Sometimes oversized consoles, taking to much space

Some strange lay-outs...

Their polls of customers show that people want these features. Marketing to families and wives with fishing boats... I pretty much hate these features. Oh well. Contender is laid out best of the 21's I looked at for straight out fishing.
 

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Looked at all the 21 CC's. should've said that in the title...

Forward seating, barely any room for keeping fish and ice

The stern, seats in the corners, wasted space

Giant leaning posts, taking too much space - no space between seat and stern

Sometimes oversized consoles, taking to much space

Some strange lay-outs...

Their polls of customers show that people want these features. Marketing to families and wives with fishing boats... I pretty much hate these features. Oh well. Contender is laid out best of the 21's I looked at for straight out fishing.
Im not a CC guy but i did notice this too at the ac show... BUT MAN i loved that 37' Boston whaler outrage IMO best of every world!
 

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Nauticstar??

I was impressed with the 23' Nauticstar center console. Anyone know anything about them? I am not familiar with the name.
 

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think the nautic stars are more mainstream north of us. so I'm told. They seem like quality to me...didn't look closely at the 23 because I'm a 21 guy.
 

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I hate all the wasted space in the 21cc class boats. My buddy has the Polar 21 and it fishes like an 18cc with all the step ups and seats etc. My 21cc Contender is the ultimate in fishability. Tons of room huge fishbox and in deck livewell, streamlined center console and leaning post, good storage for gear and no dumb rear jumpseats. This is one of the reasons I did not get another Parker. That is wasted space that collects mold etc.


Looked at all the 21 CC's. should've said that in the title...

Forward seating, barely any room for keeping fish and ice

The stern, seats in the corners, wasted space

Giant leaning posts, taking too much space - no space between seat and stern

Sometimes oversized consoles, taking to much space

Some strange lay-outs...

Their polls of customers show that people want these features. Marketing to families and wives with fishing boats... I pretty much hate these features. Oh well. Contender is laid out best of the 21's I looked at for straight out fishing.
 

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I agree but i do see a need for creature comforts but there just isnt the room in that size boat. IMO to be able to fish and seat friends and fam for cruising around the baot has to be in the 25' range. I really like world cats, it seems you get a ton of space out of the layout. A mid 20s cat boat feels like a 30' mono. I guess there is always a give and take it sucks we cant just have it all or be able to afford to have a couple different style boats.:D:D
 

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I was impressed with the 23' Nauticstar center console. Anyone know anything about them? I am not familiar with the name.
I bought a new 08 1900 Nauticstar in November 2007. Its a well built boat and its was priced really well. I think (for the size) makes great use of the space. It could be layed out a little better but I won't complain because it fits my needs. For the price the fit and finish is better than I thought it would be and its held up extremely well with no surprises. I added a leaning post when I purchased that I wish was a wee bit smaller and I wish the rear live well was slightly narrower but honesty that's nitpicking in this case.

Well made, priced well and is a pleasure to own (as far as owning a boat goes :))

Kliner, I believe Pier 47 in Wildwood is a Nauticstar dealer. FWIW, I have no affiliation...I bought mine in Virginia.
 

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Yes Pier 47 is a dealer. They are nice boats for the money, more than you might think. I fished on a 21 and it was a nice solid ride for the size.
 

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That 37 Boston was over 500,000. Check out the Bluewaters, not at the show. C-Jam is now a dealer built to be pure fishing. Contenders are the closest thing. Very large cockpit and tons of fishboxes !!!!! Check them out if you are looking for a pure fishing center.
 

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When it came down to bang for the buck and fishability, the 27 May-Craft was pretty awesome. No frills, but probably a bone shaker.
 

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After countless hours on them, if you're looking at a true fishing boat under 21 ft, it's hard to beat a 21 Contender. A bit tender on the drift, but very efficient even with a two stroke. Open layout, excellent ride for its size. I've fished them up to 70 miles out.
 

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Flukenewsky,

How does your 21 Contender do for fluke drifting? With a few guys does it really tilt badly to one side like some people say? Or roll terribly when their is some inlet slop bouncing around from uneven wakes and stuff?

Basspond, define "tender" if you can in the context you are talking about. Thanks

I'm considering this boat and I have not been on one in about 12 years and I just can't remember. In fact, any input is good input
 

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It's a light boat with a 24.5 degree deadrise so it does rock a bit on the drift. It will lean over a bit when you put a couple guys on the rail.

It is a trade off though. That deadrise will really let you run in some rough stuff and the lighter weight helps with efficiency. With a 200 HPDI you can comfortably cruise in the 30 knot range getting 3-3.5 mpg.

We'd run to the AP or chicken canyon out of sandy hook and burn 50-60 gallons.
 

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Thanks for the words Basspond......That's reasonable fuel burn. And with the fours, it could be a touch better......I'm going to have to get on one and check it out. I figured it was tippy and rocky on the drift. That doesn't thrill me....since I definitely do my share of drifting. Would you say it's to the point of intolerable? My boat has a 20 degree deadrise for comparative purposes..
 

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I'd definitely be hesitant if you're strictly a drifter or fluke fisherman. But give it a ride if you can and see how you like it. 21 Regulator would also be worth a look if you could find one.
 

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Drift fluke, anchor chunk, chase and cast.......all of it. But yes, I drift a lot so I'd like to try it before I leaped. Thanks.
 

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I have not fluke fished with it yet as I purchased the boat in the fall last season. I have however fished out front jigging bass several times in bad conditions and never felt safer in a boat this small. Tt has very high gunnells and lots of fishing room for 4-5 however 4 is ideal. I am not concerned about the roll or tilting on the drift, it was not noticable while bassing so I am sure flukeing will be no differant. I have done a ton of research and have owned Parkers Sailfish Jones brothers in the past. This is the best boat I have ever owned and should have bought it in the first place. Even the 21 reg was an option but it has the rear jump seats so I was turned off. I love the full transome on the Contender. I have it in Tuckerton right now if you would like to check it out. I am planning on taking the cover off by march 1st to get it ready for the spring bass run. Here are a few pics, basspond you'll know this spot for sure.
 

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Yep know that ramp well ;)

As an FYI Fluke owns the 21 I spent a lot of time fishing on. We started putting more and trips offshore on it so the previous owner moved up to a 30T contender for canyon range.

That boat catches fish from the bay



to 70 miles off...

 
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