I have been looking at different boat builders I am wanting an aluminum boat built for off shore use in the 24-26' size I want a pilot house boat that will sleep 2 and have a large fishing cockpit and an 8.5'-9' beam. I am considering North River O/S, custom designed Koffler or a Woolridge for mono hulls.
I have been thinking of having a catamaran built also, I have been talking to Maxweld boats in Hebo Oregon. Are there any others around that build aluminum cats that I should look into. I want to take my time and choose the right boat this time.
What ever I get I have a list of features I am looking for self bailing decks, insulated fish boxes, fresh and raw water wash down Etc, Etc.
I just had a boat built 2 years ago a 21' North River Seahawk and now I find I want a bigger boat with a hard cabin. I am selling the NR and taking a healthy loss on it so I want to get it right this time. The NR I have is a great boat but we want a bigger one and well I just can't make it grow.
I fell in love with Alaska this summer and would like to return each summer for 2-3 weeks until I retire that will be in about another 10 years. after retirement I hope to spend a few months each year up here fishing. I really want something I could spend a week or so in some cove somewhere.
I am really interested in pursuing the cat idea but I don't have any experience with them. I have been searching all over the net and just can't find any other manufacturers that make the smaller trailerable sizes. The guy at Maxweld showed me pictures of some of the smaller ones he has made and I like what I see but I really would like to look at one in person. They build mostly big ones and I have seen some of those. If anyone here owns one of the smaller ones or has any first hand knowledge please share your experience with me.