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    Nitro Z8 vs Skeeter 20i

    Thoughts on these two boats. I know both are good boats but I want to hear pros and cons from guys that have been or own one or the other. Thanks!

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    The only drawback I see on the Z-8 is the not so big center box in the middle. Friend of mine had one and just couldn't put nearly as much in it as my 9 series or Z-9 series boat. If you don't run with alot of tackle then it will ride better that the i class boat. Depending on the motor on the i class, it should be a faster boat.
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    Are you buying new or used???
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    I was looking at both when i bought mine. The center box on the z8 is very big, its just one compartment. Either one will be great. The z8 with a 250 will fly. I have a regular 225 opti and i see 73 with gear. Ride will be similar. I liked the layout of the skeeter better. But I couldnt be happier with my z8. Rides great, its pretty quick, great livewells, big front deck, and price is hard to beat. Skeeters are bad a$$ no doubt about it, but i liked the zx series more than the i series. Either way i think youll be happy
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    The skeeter I am looking at is an 09 the Nitro is a 10 both with nearly identical equipment and warranty. Can't go wrong either way!

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    Us Nitro guys here are just flat out better guys than on the Skeeter board!!!

    That should have sealed your decision!! Either way ya can't go wrong. Be sure to posy pics of what you end up going with.
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    I fished out of a 20i a couple of years ago, love the layout. If Nitro would offer a day box (hinted many times!!) it would be a hit. I have been told by Skeeter guys that the i Class is one of the best riding boats on the market, all I have to compare is my Z7. But I have heard that across the board. But I sure like the Z8's!!

    And like tgrife said, we are a whole lot better group!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagles1 View Post
    The skeeter I am looking at is an 09 the Nitro is a 10 both with nearly identical equipment and warranty. Can't go wrong either way!
    before anyone else makes any comments, what is the price differences between the two boats your looking at, just wondering what is our opinions based on.

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    Livewells on the z8 are better. I never was a fan if the i class, the FX boats are very nice.
    Last edited by BMCD; 12-04-2012 at 03:09 PM.
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    Skeeter I class is one fine boat! If I'm not mistaken the current Nitro's were built by former Skeeter guys so the fish ability of both should be similar. I guess like everything else condition, price, options, and HP are all considerations in buying a used boat as much as Brand. Good luck with your decision.
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    I rode in a 20i class on lake St. Clair in 4 footers and had the crap beat out of me. Never rode in a worse boat and I had a Triton before I bought a Nitro. I will never buy another boat that isn't a Nitro. My Nitro rides better than the I class in my opinion.
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    There is not 500 dollars between the prices.
    I appreciate everyone's input it helps!

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    Im guessing that your in the $30k price range by the years of boats you said you were looking at. If it was me i would look at a 2009 or 2010 Z9 you should be able to get a 2010 for around $34k and a 09 cheaper. The storage is alot better in the Z9 than the Z8. Thats just my opinion. Another factor for me if you were gonna choose between the 2 you already found would be the hours on the motor.
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    Eagles1 if the prices are within $500.00 of each other, than without a doubt, considering we are talking about the same horsepower, I would go with the year newer boat, the 2010 is the better bang for your dollar in the long run. just my 2cents. cheers and good luck, happy shoppin, wish I had those problems, thems is a good problem to have.