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    Fishing boats - who's got em and what do you like/dislike?

    Thinking seriously about selling my 74 Bronco and getting a nice fishing boat to take the kids out in all summer long.

    Want something I can tow behind a CAR (3500lb limit) but seat 4-5 people. Livewell, rod storage, front/rear pedestal seats, etc. Don't think I want a "bass boat" because one lake I'm on a fair bit gets pretty decent chop. (3 mi x 8 mi size lake and 4-6ft waves)

    Whatcha got, waddya use it for and what do you like dislike about your boat. If you could get something you didn't and wish you had...what was it?

    I may have upwards of $10K for this endeavor.
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    My FIL just bought a Bass Tracker from Bass Pro Shops in Nashville. He got (*I think*) a crappie or hybrid model. It's not laid out quite the same as a bass boat. It has more seats and they can be configured in different ways. All welded hull, nice features, great engine (Mercury), decent trailer, and a good warranty. It has a modified V hull that does very well in the chop, not as good as a full V, but much much better than most Bass boats. I think the Bass Trackers are a good value for the money.

    His was 17.5' with a 75HP electronic injected 2 stroke and trailer for $18k out the door. It says it can seat 4-5 people. That seems a bit over-enthusiastic. 2-3 adults and gear seem more inline with reality.
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    Sounds similar to what I'm looking for....seem to be a fair number on the used market for the price range I'm looking at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Me too.....a guy contacted me via email about my Bronco late last night and I'm waiting for a call-back. I know the guy pretty well and he does Bronco restorations/resale.

    The biggest issue I have with selling the Bronco is it isn't running, and being a totally custom project, there aren't too many people willing to take such a vehicle rebuild on. This guy however, could finish this build no problem.

    If the Bronco is gone.....daddy's getting a boat.
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    I have a 19.5 ft Lund Tyee w/ a 4.3 liter IO, had it for 13 years, started out more as a waterski boat till the kids grew up, and is now more used to its fishing roots. I love the boat, have hauled it all over New England and taken to Canada 4 times....Think the trailer has more miles on it than the boat...I like aluminum because it is tough and light, more forgiving when I crash into things....yes it has a few scrapes on it.....Always wish it had more room for storage, but I think all boat owners wish that was the case...Good luck with your search, is alot of fun rigging it out fot the type of fishing you wish to do...I have no real complaints, yes it has ongoing costs, like storage, maintenance, launching fees ect, but a day on the water is (dare I say it) just as good as a day on my

    Have fun hunting, there are alot of good used deals out there.
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    4-6' waves ? your going to need a 21' + boat for that. More than a car can tow.

    I have a lund baron. Its 12' 10" long. When the waves kick up to 3-4' I'm headed back to port. I have towed it with a 1/2 ton, but its best to have a 3/4 ton. It fishes well with 4 adults, have had 6 on board.

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    I fish Lake Michigan, for salmon and trout. Started out with a 19 footer and quickly moved up in size. Smaller boats will work on big water. But you have to really watch the weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    4-6' waves ? your going to need a 21' + boat for that. More than a car can tow.

    I have a lund baron. Its 12' 10" long. When the waves kick up to 3-4' I'm headed back to port. I have towed it with a 1/2 ton, but its best to have a 3/4 ton. It fishes well with 4 adults, have had 6 on board.

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    I fish Lake Michigan, for salmon and trout. Started out with a 19 footer and quickly moved up in size. Smaller boats will work on big water. But you have to really watch the weather.
    I wouldn't have it out in max seas, just want the deeper V so that we CAN go out in a little bigger water when the weather cooperates....they actually put small craft advisories out on this lake. When it gets really wavy I hop in my kayak.

    Any idea on the weight of that boat? Looks like most of the 16 footers I see are in the 1800lb range.
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    I only fish a handful of times a year and I just cant justify going too big on a boat. I have a 20+ year old 16 1/2' Sea nymph with a tiller 30hp. Its very light, I barely know its back there. The wind does blow it around though out on the lake.

    Here is my fishing buddy taking it out into the eye of a storm, less me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstlaure View Post

    Any idea on the weight of that boat? Looks like most of the 16 footers I see are in the 1800lb range.
    Just shy of 6k. My dads F150 with 3.5 EB pulled it just fine. My brothers Dodge 1500 4.7 has its pants full with it. My dodge 2500 hardly knows the boat is behind it.

    My dad has a 16' Alumacraft with a 60HP merc. I think its a 160 classic.It is 2 man rig. My mom & dad fish out of it with the 3 grandkids. 3 adults is all it can handle. My Colorado seemed maxed out pulling it.Had to use 4x4 to get up the ramp. I likely will never pull it again with the Colorado.

    I go with a 17' boat and not go out in anything more than 2' waves. Your going to need at least a mid size suv to tow it. Very few cars can tow more than 2k these days.
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