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Old 08-16-2016, 09:27 AM   #1
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Jh outlaw , tran SVT shoalwater cat or haynie cat

Getting ready to purchase a boat , trying to decide which one has the dryest and smoothest ride in chop. Mostly fish east matagorda bay so nothing to rough maybe 2 footers on a bad day. My question is does anybody have any experiences they'd like to share about any of the boats above ?
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:28 AM   #2
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Getting ready to purchase a boat , trying to decide which one has the dryest and smoothest ride in chop. Mostly fish east matagorda bay so nothing to rough maybe 2 footers on a bad day. My question is does anybody have any experiences they'd like to share about any of the boats above ?
I just picked up my Outlaw 230 this past Friday. Had it out in East Matagorda Saturday and it handled the choppy water very well, rode dry, and I was happy with the way it performed. I had only been in one on a horrible (30mph wind) day in West Bay and one other time when it was calm.

I test drove the Tran Cat 24SVT on a day with a little chop. It seemed to be somewhat smoother than outlaw and it was was a dry ride as well.

I have not been in the other two boats mentioned. I would definitely take the time to ride in all four of your choices and then make your decision. It was a tough choice for me between the Tran and Outlaw, both are outstanding boats.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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The family behind JH Boats are fantastic-That would be a huge advantage IMO-I believe all of the mentioned boats are well built & perform well.
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The family behind JH Boats are fantastic-That would be a huge advantage IMO-I believe all of the mentioned boats are well built & perform well.
X 1. I forgot to mention the excellent service from John, Lindsey, and staff.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:17 AM   #5
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I bought a JH Outlaw over the ShoalCat 23 specifically because it rode better in chop and had much better handling. I also preferred the layout, but, that's more subjective. I had planned on testing the Tran, however, after I met with John at Sport Marine I put a deposit down the next day.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:28 AM   #6
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Put me in the JH camp as well....had mine for about 4 months now and love it!

Rides well in a chop, considering it is a shallow water boat that is...certainly doesn't ride like a big V-hull....we are mostly in East Matagorda as well and it does really well for us.

Rides dry as well.....only spray (very minor) I have seen is in a following/quartering sea you get a touch of spray in the back of the boat.

Lots of room on the bow and stern, tons of storage......runs shallower than I want to go, but definitely not a speed boat (50mph is about it).

John/Lindsey and the gang have been awesome to deal with.....both before the sale, during the build, and post delivery.

Others you mentioned seem to be building a great boat as well...I don't have enough experience with them to speak positive/negative.....don't think you can go wrong with the Outlaw if that is the design you are looking for.
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I know it is a bit of a drive...but...as others will verify.
Do yourself a favor and go to Waypoint Marine and talk with Jared Poole about the Shoalwater. Best thing you can do!
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The family behind JH Boats are fantastic-That would be a huge advantage IMO-I believe all of the mentioned boats are well built & perform well.
Haynie and Tran are both great examples of customer service as well. I've done enough with all 3 to not hesitate with any of them. Cant speak to the shoalwater but people speak well about certain dealers, I just cant remember which ones.

What a problem to have!!
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lump me in to the Tran crowd. I've had two Tran boats, the second being an SVT. While it's not the size you are looking at, it's still a dang fine boat. I keep doing business with the Tran family because of the outstanding product and also the customer service. Once you talk to Donny, TV or Frank, you'll know what I mean. They just treat you like family.
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lump me in to the Tran crowd. I've had two Tran boats, the second being an SVT. While it's not the size you are looking at, it's still a dang fine boat. I keep doing business with the Tran family because of the outstanding product and also the customer service. Once you talk to Donny, TV or Frank, you'll know what I mean. They just treat you like family.
I'll 2nd JR's comments.....
But will add that the SVT comes in an 18, 20, 22 & 24 Foot version, so you have lot's of options for size of boat.
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