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Boat Ideas???

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BottomBouncer, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. I'm spending next years tax return already :D

    I've been looking on the net for different aluminum boats. I want something fairly small, less than 16' with a 9.9 so I can fish the 10hp lakes. I would like to stay under $8500 for the whole set up, from trolling motor to trailer.

    What boats, motors, fishfinders, trolling motors, etc. etc. would you guys recommend? I have a boat now that I'm trying to sell...it's older, still gets the job done.......but a little more maintenance trying to keep it going than I have time for.....plus it has a 70hp.....they might frown on that at the 10hp lakes.

    I have been looking at the tracker aluminum boats with a 9.9 four stroke mercury. Minn Kota powerdrive and lowrance electronics.

    I mainly fish live bait, drift and troll.

    Any suggestions and ideas would be great. I wanted to fresh and new with a complete set up for how, where and what I fish for.......

    Thanks.....
     
  2. Sounds like you already know what you want ;) Do a search on alum boats then your brain will realy spin :D Do alot of looking,even some test drive will help.Good luck
     

  3. Hey there I fished/hunted a Tracker grizzley for a few years ,, 14' with a 25hp merc,,, loved it!!!!!! Just a little small for 3 people a dog and decoys in late January.... I purchased a new boat for the river.
    If all you want is what you said that should be big enough,, you can rig a tracker gizzley for whatever you need. I still have it and thinking of selling it,,,, the smaller boats are nice to trailer and with todays gas prices , it doesnt cut out of the grocery budget to much.
    john
     
  4. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    are you talking deep vee?
    i think that's the way to go,if you'll be doing a lot of drifting and trolling.in my opinion,they're more suited to that style of fishing,than a flatbottom.i've done a lot of drifting and trolling in my flatbottom,but i bought it for all purpose fishing,and it's light weight/easy handling qualities,which makes it less physically demanding on me.
     
  5. I checked out Lunds website. I found their 16' rebel to look just right. A lot nicer than the bare bones tracker. I like to have room to move around without things being in the way......looked to have tons of storage space.

    I have a Garmin fish finder, however I'm leaning towards the Lowrance LMS-332C.

    My main goal is to get all my ducks in a row instead of jumping into something like I usually do....and did with my first boat.

    Thanks for all the advice so far :) :F
     
  6. Lewzer

    Lewzer Powderfinger

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    I've been impressed with a few Crestliners that I have seen.

    I would look at the Lunds and Crestliners and see what fits your needs and budget.
     
  7. fishingful

    fishingful Time to fish!

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    Crestliners seem to be comparable to lunds without the price tag steelhead1 has a 18 foot canadian with a 50 honda 4 stroke on it and it is a great boat to fish out of i am looking at the lowe brand myself for a duck hunting boat 14-16 foot and wide
     
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