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Offline sunnydude2

About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:15:47 PM »
I have been looking for a Sea Hunter to replace a Boston Whaler that I had.  For my purposes I don't need the 15'11" and the larger cuddy. 

Found a couple that are available in the area and it is coming down to canvas and motors.  Canvas I can make so lets talk motors.  One has a 80hp Mercury 2 stroke with good records and the other a 50hp Mercury 4 stroke (older tracker brand).  Besides crabbing and fishing, my kids are going to want to be towed on a tube behind.  I am not as worried about a kicker at this point.

What would you choose?  I need help deciding. 

Thanks in advance.

Online Yachter Yat

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 12:45:33 PM »
   Hi Sunny:  I understand your thinking is primarily centered around the motors, but (motors notwithstanding) I'd probably be basing my decision more on the condition of the boat.  I'd take a nice hull with a "second choice" motor over the other way around any day.  BTW, the Hunter is my favorite Arima.  Five inches longer and it would have been in my garage.  Like you, I just didn't want a big boat either. 

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline AlexB

About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2018, 01:01:03 PM »
I don’t know where you live, but down here in CA a 2-stroke would limit your boating options.

2-strokes are banned in a handful of lakes in CA (including Tahoe), and I expect there to be more bans in the future not fewer. If history repeats itself, I also expect other states to follow California’s lead and start banning 2-strokes.

I vote for the 4-stroke option (assuming all else is equal).


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Offline sunnydude2

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 11:19:29 AM »
I don’t know where you live, but down here in CA a 2-stroke would limit your boating options.

I am up in the PNW and will be using mostly in salt water.

Both boats are in basically the same shape although the one with the 2 stroke I would say is in slightly better condition. 

Thanks for the input guys.

Offline wedocq

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2018, 11:30:37 AM »
   Hi Sunny:  I understand your thinking is primarily centered around the motors, but (motors notwithstanding) I'd probably be basing my decision more on the condition of the boat.  I'd take a nice hull with a "second choice" motor over the other way around any day.  BTW, the Hunter is my favorite Arima.  Five inches longer and it would have been in my garage.  Like you, I just didn't want a big boat either. 

Yat

I TOTALLY disagree! A little elbow grease and some gel coat goes a LONG way on making a hull look nice again. Transom failure is nearly non-existent with Arimas. I would take the better of the 2 motors. I mean, bottom line it's a fishing boat.
-Shawn
2002 21' Arima Sea Ranger HT  Suzuki DF175 4-stroke.
WEDOCQ= WE DO SEKIU! It pays homage to my Uncle Jay who died of cancer.

Online Yachter Yat

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2018, 12:15:14 PM »
   Nope!  I would take the better hull, sell the motor and invest in a descent 60/70 four stroke.  Glass work sucks.  Rarely looks right unless you hire a pro..........and that costs money. 

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline AP

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 12:41:09 PM »
I’d take the better motor... which is neither of those 2 motors.  Patience...

Online headduck

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2018, 12:47:01 PM »
 :yeahthat:
1987 17' Sea Ranger 2015 Mercury 115 2012 Evinrude 9.8

Online Yachter Yat

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2018, 01:09:00 PM »
    That's my point!  Neither of those motors seems too attractive.   Therefore, go for the better hull.  What if you buy the crappy hull and come to realize you "have" to replace that "better" motor........guess what?  You'll have a nice motor on a "sh*ty" hull.....that's what.   Makes no sense.  Motors come and go........nice Arima hulls are something else. 

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline diodon

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 09:33:30 PM »
 :yeahthat:
2007 21 Sea Explorer.   2007 Suzuki DF140.        2011 Honda 9.9

Offline Fisherdv

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2018, 09:43:07 PM »
If you said your kids want to be pulled around on a tube then hold out and get a 4-stroke. The kids may not like breathing all that smoke all day from a 2-stroke.  :shrug9: :twocents: I used to troll all day with a 2-stroke, and if the wind is just right, breathing that smoke all day almost made me pass out


2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline sunnydude2

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2018, 03:12:52 PM »
If you said your kids want to be pulled around on a tube then hold out and get a 4-stroke. The kids may not like breathing all that smoke all day from a 2-stroke.  :shrug9: :twocents: I used to troll all day with a 2-stroke, and if the wind is just right, breathing that smoke all day almost made me pass out

Thanks for the advice.  I had a 40hp Johnson 2 stroke on my whaler that I just sold that they tubed behind.  They didn't complain but good thing to think about.

What do you guys think a good condition Sea Hunter hull is worth?  Another one popped up but it is $3k more but has the 4 stroke and canvas.  Only drawback is the seller isn't back from winter vacation until end of March.  If I wait then might miss out on the other one I am checking out tomorrow (second visit).

Offline Fisherdv

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 03:21:44 PM »
IMHO, get the one you really like the best and what you can afford. 3K more for a much better boat overall with 4-stroke may be worth it. :twocents: If your set on a sea hunter have cash in hand, and when you find “the one” pounce
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Marine40

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2018, 07:07:44 PM »
I bought my Hunter hull for 2k, no motor.

Good luck.
Have -15' Hunter, Had - 2 each 17' Rangers, Had - 1 each 17 Skip Chaser, Had - 1 each 19' Skip Chaser, Have - 21' Skip Ranger.

Offline sunnydude2

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 08:26:33 PM »
Well I decided to get the Sea Hunter with the 80hp 2 stroke.  Seller had receipts from last fall after having it serviced.  All checked out well and it started up and ran well for me, that and the seller lowered the price.  :)

He actually had the bimini cover that has the piece that attaches to the windshield sitting down at his cabin.  The only thing that needs to be replaced is the bows but those are easy enough to have made especially since we have the old one to template from.

Looking forward to getting on the water.  Lucky for me the Seattle Boat show starts tomorrow.  My son is stoked to get a pot puller.  :)

Appreciate all the comments to my original post. 

Offline Fisherdv

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2018, 08:35:25 PM »
Congratulations! Now all we need is pictures  :yeahthat:
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline sunnydude2

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2018, 09:43:24 AM »
It was pouring rain last night so only got one.  Canvas will be on shortly.

Online Yachter Yat

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2018, 09:52:20 AM »
    Aaah..........My favorite Arima.  Looks nice Sunny. 

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60

Offline sunnydude2

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2018, 10:15:46 AM »
    Aaah..........My favorite Arima.  Looks nice Sunny.

Thank you.  Very exciting at our house.  My wife even likes it!

You can see in the picture where they have mounted starboard on the gunnels for downriggers.  Not done very well so going to remove them, fill holes and either use mounts that fit in the rod holders at the back or the side mount cannon ones.  When not fishing my kids are going to want to play.  Looking forward to lots of fun times on it.

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2018, 10:30:27 PM »

That boat and trailer look like new. He must have kept it inside.

Those boats are very Sea worthy for their size.
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline amazing grace

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2018, 10:50:32 PM »
That boat should go like a raped ape  :party: with that 80 on it.  And those motors love to be raped aped :jester:

Congrats. 
« Last Edit: January 27, 2018, 12:44:50 PM by amazing grace »
1989 22' C-Dory Angler

Online Yachter Yat

Re: About to purchase first Sea Hunter...
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2018, 06:31:44 AM »
   Go is right!  That's the max HP for that boat.  IMO, I think the Honda the 60 would be the perfect match for that hull.  :wink:

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom. Next, stretch the Explorer by 9 and steal 2 or 3 from the cabin.  Please hurry, I'm getting old.

16 SC/Honda 60