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    I am looking for a used smaller deckboat in the 22 to 24 foot range.
    Any opinions or experience out there with these 3?
    Placecraft 22
    Ultra 23
    Aftershock 24

    Thanks for your advice,

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    Well a lot of it all depends on where you boat. Some of those may get you tossed around and soaked say in havasu, but would be great river boats. And those are still small enough to go jet or drive.

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    smaller deck boat = skinny , skinny women
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    We boat on the Lower Colorado/Lake Martinez area so this size boat works great for that area and fits our needs. Really curious about opinions on build and handling characteristics of the three different hulls? I would opt for minimum 496HO power. So even performance considering this power?


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    placecraft would be the best...friend has one ....aftershock out of bus,

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    that 22 placecraft with a 496 ran about 78 MPH and handles chop well....I drove it on lake havi

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    Thanks for the feedback. I like the Placecraft as well. The others are just a little larger inside. Someone told me the 22 Pacecraft has the same hull as the 22 Daytona can you comfirm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elimsst View Post
    I am looking for a used smaller deckboat in the 22 to 24 foot range.
    Any opinions or experience out there with these 3?
    Placecraft 22
    Ultra 23
    Aftershock 24

    Thanks for your advice,
    Shockwave makes a 22ft deck boat.

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    With all the good deals on used 26-28' deck boats on the market, why go small? At some point, you will just end up wanting more room, stability, storage, etc... I would look at some of the killer deals on some nice slightly used ones instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elimsst View Post
    We boat on the Lower Colorado/Lake Martinez area so this size boat works great for that area and fits our needs. Really curious about opinions on build and handling characteristics of the three different hulls? I would opt for minimum 496HO power. So even performance considering this power?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavey29 View Post
    With all the good deals on used 26-28' deck boats on the market, why go small? At some point, you will just end up wanting more room, stability, storage, etc... I would look at some of the killer deals on some nice slightly used ones instead.
    He said he runs the lower river.
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    I have a 22' Placecraft "sportcat" which I bought new in Nov '99. It all depends where you boat and how many people you want to take along. The PC with a jet is would be great between Blythe and Parker , about as big a boat as you would want but it would be a hard ride on a big lake on a Sunday. Placecraft added large trim tabs as std equiptment after mine was built probably to help sell to people boating on bigger lakes. The jets work best with 500HP or more , the owners with OI seemed happy with performance. From what I can see the Shock Wave is being laid up in the old Placecraft mold. Ultra had a 23' and I would expect the same comments as I made on mine reguarding ride and performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavey29 View Post
    With all the good deals on used 26-28' deck boats on the market, why go small? At some point, you will just end up wanting more room, stability, storage, etc... I would look at some of the killer deals on some nice slightly used ones instead.

    Great advice! I have to agree.

    I have a 4 friends with the Placecraft/Dominator Deck. Once they get in pretty choppy water expect a lot of water over the front. They are about as roomy as a 23 V open bow walk thru IMO(kinda defeats the deck boat purpose). However they are really nice boats if mainly used on the river(size). I say get a 28 and trim up! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by elimsst View Post
    We boat on the Lower Colorado/Lake Martinez area so this size boat works great for that area and fits our needs. Really curious about opinions on build and handling characteristics of the three different hulls? I would opt for minimum 496HO power. So even performance considering this power?


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    I believe my buddy's with an HO runs low 70s. I wouldn't go any smaller than a 496mag. Whatever you do, don't buy new from Placecraft right now. Ask 5150wake how his build turned out last year.. he still hasn't taken delivery. Talk to Ultra or Shockwave!
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    Shockwave has done a nice job with the Placecraft mold...!!! Give 'em a look
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    Talk to john d at ultra he's got a pretty bad ass ultra 23 deck on display which I believe is his its a nice boat/trailer/motor talk about bling....951-734-6000

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