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Boat on a Budget

by , Posted to on 01/11/2013 10:33 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2012
Location: ND
 For a sub $800 boat, is it worth it to buy an old fiberglass boat? The motor works, has a trolling motor, good trailer. Needs interior redone and has closed bow, which isn't a big deal for me because its just cheaper then. Concern is how hard is to navigate a 16ft fiberglass by yourself? It took me a couple trips on the family aluminum 16ft to be efficient and focus on fishing while driving. Is it harder in a tri-hull or fiberglass?
Other thing is, I have a smaller pickup but it pulls an aluminum fine. Are fiberglass that much heavier and harder to pull?
Also, I could get a small 12ft alum with a small tiller and fish that way too since I'm not on devils lake or Sak with it. Easier to fish by myself in a smaller boat.
I'd like to tube occasionally this summer, but primary use is fishing. I have a GPS and sonar already.
I can find 70s fiberglass boats every so often in the 500-600 range, while smaller 12ft aluminums are easy to find for $350 for a good set up. 
What would you seasoned veterans do?


Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/11/2013 11:45 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/10/2009
Location: nd
 fiberglass is heavier in almost all instances.
that being said, it may be easier to operate and fish by yourself. in my experience, they seem to hold their position better when the wind picks up. on the flip side of that, you may need more electric motor or a bigger outboard to get the job done. since it's heavier, it will take more to pull it down the road also. a well balanced trailer goes a long way.

honestly since you are looking at keeping the price down, i would be more concerned about the motor than the boat. as long as it floats, the rest can be modified. i would put my focus into finding one that has a reliable outboard. nothing worse than being stranded on the water.  

personally i would find something with a false floor in it. much easier to get up and walk around in if you have a fish on and you are by yourself. chances are you won't find a 12' boat that is set up like that.

if you want to pull a tube, i would try to find something with 50+  hp. not saying you can't do it with something smaller, but more is better in that aspect.
at the same time, it would be ideal if your big motor would troll down enough so you could troll with it. an inexpensive trolling plate can solve that problem.

hope this helps
Hold my beer while i land this walleye!!
Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/11/2013 11:48 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2009
Location: ND
 A boat is a boat when it comes to learning to drive them , They can all be driven. How small is your pickup ? Is it 4 wheel drive ?   A fibergass doesn't pull hard on flat ground once you get speed up but remember you have to stop it too,  without trailer brakes.  Also boat ramps could be a nightmare.    Beware of those big old dinasour outboards, You have to be half mechanic to keep them  running.     Shop around and get something newer for a decent price so you don't have to work on all the time and you will enjoy it a lot more.  
Life is good.


 2+2=4 

Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 00:01 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2009
Location: ND
Haha   Cat mechanic and I must have both been down the same road a time or two.    Only I had bad luck with trolling plates ,  Well not so much but they were a pain.  old dianasours dont troll down for a hoot and they burn a lot of gas.  If you get a decent fiberglass I would shop around for a cheap small tiller motor ,  That way you can troll nice and quiet all day long on a gallon or two and still get back to shore if the big motor craps.    The nicest boat I ever had was a 1966 21' brunswick that I fixed up real nice , It was deep and wide with closed hull.   40 mph wind on the big lake was a breeze.
Life is good.


 2+2=4 

Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 00:02 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2012
Location: ND
Geothermal Said:
 A boat is a boat when it comes to learning to drive them , They can all be driven. How small is your pickup ? Is it 4 wheel drive ?   A fibergass doesn't pull hard on flat ground once you get speed up but remember you have to stop it too,  without trailer brakes.  Also boat ramps could be a nightmare.    Beware of those big old dinasour outboards, You have to be half mechanic to keep them  running.     Shop around and get something newer for a decent price so you don't have to work on all the time and you will enjoy it a lot more.  
4 wheel drive yes, s10 sized I'd say. Outboard is an 80hp evinrude, probably less than 20 years old, starts right up and runs great with the ear muffs on.



Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 00:12 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2009
Location: ND
Kraken Said:
4 wheel drive yes, s10 sized I'd say. Outboard is an 80hp evinrude, probably less than 20 years old, starts right up and runs great with the ear muffs on.


        You would be good to go with that outfit.    I would take my time getting to the lake and back home though.   
Life is good.


 2+2=4 

Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 00:13 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/05/2012
Location: ND
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/csw/boa/3529580518.html
Basically something like this, except I dont mess around with old Mercs anymore.
More like this:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/boa/3516718371.html
and
Is something like this easy enough to handle on water and pulling?

Or I could do the old faithful: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/boa/3524877387.html


Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 06:55 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
Get an assault boat before they are banned...

I had a 14 ft bench seat aluminum with a 15 hp evinrud twenty yrs ago used it on the red nd smaller MN lakes it work awesome. Never pulled a tube but with just me in the boat it would go close to 16+ mph. Think I spent $500 for it and trailer.

LINDY FISHING



Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 08:32 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/22/2012
Location: nd
I have a 1980 glastron tri-hull, i would recommend the V-hull for your comfort in choppy water. Remember to check that floor for soft spots. If there is a soft spot you probably have rotted all the way down.
 
Re: Boat on a Budget
by on 01/12/2013 12:31 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/18/2012
Location: ND
 I would spend your money on a good 5 or 10 horse Honda motor.  Then go with an aluminum  boat,  beauty is you just need a pickup box, no trailer no boat ramp.  If your going cheap this is what I do.

Got em!
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