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Best big water flats boat

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I live in the panhandle of florida, specifically Destin area. I am looking for a a large flats boat. I have had everything from a 21 ft trophy cuddy cabin, bay boats, and currently fish out of a 18ft bass tracker center console. I'm looking for a flats boat that can handle open water crossing bays and run along the beach on calm days. I will be using a trolling a motor 90% of the time and poling 10% of the time if any. It will be fished also in tournaments at least once a month. Would like a wide stable boat with room. I have two kids(9 & 3 years old) that I take on the boat regularly. I have a budget of $20,000. Can be a older boat I dont mind working on. I would prefer 18ft and up but would be fine with a 16 footer if it had a nice ride. I've been looking at Mavericks, action crafts, key west, and hewes. What other brands should I look at and what models.
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Looking for 18’ at $20k, your list is on point. No, none of them will be brand new, but you can find all the boats on your list for under 20k! I’m a sucker for an ole lappy hewes and master angler, but the ac 1810 is probably the driest one of them all, imho, but also the heaviest. Anything youre looking at over 18’, just keep in mind that there are bay boats that only draft 12” of water fully loaded
Egret Moccasin 210 is 21' and floats in 11" loaded. You're not poling it very far though so 11" vs 12" is kind of a moot point because you need whatever the trollling motor needs to move it. It will be a long while before you see one for $20K though.

Very few bay boats actually draft 12" contrary to thier claims.
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