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Suggestion For Boat Purchase
March 11, 2009
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Asingua
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Hi Guys,
I've sort of started to look around loosely, for another boat, and wondered what type you would suggest. I'm interested in something around 16 -20', large areas to cast from both bow and stern, and a decent size 4 stroke engine. 24 volt trolling motor a must.
What other things would you suggest and stay away from. Any and all ideas welcomed... Thanks

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March 11, 2009
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George,you need to think about what water you plan to fish and tailor it to that.

March 11, 2009
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Mainly interested in lakes, both big and small. Therefore, nice sizes gas engine ( at least 50 hp) and 24v electric motor ( at least 65lb.).

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March 11, 2009
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George,

From what I have been told..A Tuffy is one of the best fishing platforms you will fish out of..other then that you have Rangers, Stratos, Champion, Xpress Boats which are all great boats.. I would use eBay or Craiglist as you can find some good deals right now.

March 11, 2009
9:00 pm
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My niehbor has a 19 foot Champion 24 volt system 225 hp Merc with all the goodies , including 67 mph on calm water

$ 6,500.00

March 12, 2009
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George, I just bot a used 2004 esox tuffy magnum, 16'9", 50hp suzuki 4stroke tiller, front and rear electric trolling motors (80# and 65#). I absolutely love the boat, especially the boat control with the sponsoned "v" and being low to the water. I have already tested the fiberglass hull - which isn't the same as aluminum (negative in these waters). Would be more then happy to get you on the boat for a ride, send me a message. J

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March 12, 2009
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Matt Lysek wrote:
My niehbor has a 19 foot Champion 24 volt system 225 hp Merc with all the goodies , including 67 mph on calm water

$ 6,500.00

Jet? ::) ;D

March 12, 2009
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George,

As mentioned, think of the water you'll be fishing and how you plan to use the boat. Ask yourself will you be fishing with someone most often or solo. Pushing 20' can be tough launching by yourself all the time.

Chad T

March 12, 2009
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DaveC wrote:
[quote author=Matt Lysek link=topic=3120.msg19678#msg19678 date=1236801613]
My niehbor has a 19 foot Champion 24 volt system 225 hp Merc with all the goodies , including 67 mph on calm water

$ 6,500.00

Jet? ::) ;D

Prop, or I might have two boats

March 12, 2009
2:53 pm
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Joe,
That's exactly what I would be looking for, and just might take you up on your offer! After talking with a couple guys in our club, I've sort of narrowed my search down, and found out one my biggest concerns, is the total width including trailer to put in my garage. That's huge for me! Length, isn't as much concern. Also, being able to handle by myself ( if need be ), is also something to consider. Large casting areas, both for and aft, is very important as well.
With all this being said, the key is to sell my boat first. The little woman would not be thrilled having two boats laying around, beside, I keep that garaged as well, so one would have to go, either my existing boat or ME!!
So wish me luck and thanks for all your advice...Let the search begin!

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March 12, 2009
7:10 pm
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When you were fishing with my brother, he has a Tuffy. So at least you have a reference point. His boat is able to get up on plain quickly as it's not a "V" hull. It goes on and off the trailer rather easily. I've always enjoyed fishing on it. The Nitro "Z" series have some nice wide boats with a lot of casting deck space. Try to get some literature from each of the manufacturers and do your research. Even my boat has a lot of casting room. Good luck with this. And from what I've heard, I can believe your not concerned about length!!! 😀

Muskyless Ed

March 12, 2009
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I was waiting for a "length" joke...thanks Ed ::) They don't call me the "Poker...I mean Polka King" for nothing ;D

AKA Candle

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March 12, 2009
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Hey George, i just got home. i was going to mention a length joke or some other corney joke about careing about the total width or something. ;D im punching out!1 seeya ha ha . Ron 😀

March 13, 2009
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George, I've got the boat for you. I might be able to take that one off your hands. Maybe a trade. Remember my 18" "Starcraft, 90hp and a 9.9hp, electronics front and back, two cannonball duel downriggers, and a easyroll trailer that pretty much loads the boat on the trailer for you. We'll talk buddy
later on

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March 14, 2009
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WORM wrote:
Remember my 18" "Starcraft, 90hp and a 9.9hp, electronics front and back, two cannonball duel downriggers, and a easyroll trailer that pretty much loads the boat on the trailer for you.

Are you thinking of selling this boat?
if so,
How much are you looking to get and how old are the components?

I'm looking for a similar setup for Lake fishing.
I'm also looking for a decent jet boat for the rivers if anyone has any leads on something less than 12 years old.

EDIT: I found your add for the 18" Starcraft. I'm looking for something a bit newer in that department as well...
Thanks

March 14, 2009
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The Tuffy Esox Magnum is a great boat for lakes. If you're looking for a boat that's easy to handle though, I would suggest aluminum. In fact, I wouldn't own a fiberglass boat because of the additional weight and maintenance involved in owning them.

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

March 14, 2009
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I really like the Tuffy's, however hard to find in my price range and in good shape. I'm still looking, still in the early stages. But , I am a "buyer", and in a good position to buy when I find a deal. So, we'll keep pressing on, and see what happens.

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March 14, 2009
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George, what's you price range?

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

March 14, 2009
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$5000 - $10,000

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March 14, 2009
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There is something to be said for aluminum boats, I have beat on mine pretty hard and its held up well. Also, they are lighter, so it makes it easier launching, loading or beaching the boat by yourself. The downside is you don't have dry storage, seems like everything gets wet in my alumacraft when it rains.

-Tim

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