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looking to buy a boat?

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  1. sterlingworth

    sterlingworth Active Member

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    I am looking in to buying a small [16ft] aluminum boat for the lakes aroud my area.I amm trying to figure out which one. Does anyone have a favorite brand,and why? years a go ,I had a starcraft,served me well but I dont think there still in buisness.Any ideas welcome..Ray
     
  2. Rummrunar

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    The Smoker Craft Alaskan is really popular here in the Pacific Northwest. Well built and safe. The Lodge series is also a good Smoker Craft, deeper and wider. Duroboat is also a good boat but not nearly as popular as the Alaskan.

    Bill
     
  3. Bob Hawkes

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    The Lund's are still a rugged choice.
     
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    Where are you located??
     
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    Lund is like Chevrolet, older used ones are fetching good prices. This is a fantastic time to buy a boat, keep an eye on Craigslist. Starcraft, Mirro, Smoker are all decent, lots of good ones for your purpose.

    Don't bother with anything that's on there for more than a month, as it probably has open sores.

    HM
     
  6. Tron

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    As far as new, there's not a lot of junk out there these days. PrinceCraft, Lund, Smoker, all good. Also take a look at G3. That's what I settled on and it's a very well made boat.
     
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    In my experience, stay away from the older ones with a lot of rivets. They tend to develop leaks. Bill
     
  8. Sharp1

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    Lund, alumacraft,crestliner you cant go wrong. Lund & ALumacraft have rivots(so do planes). Crestliners are welded. Go with a modern motor(fuel injected) Nothing ruins a trip like motor problems...btw the motor will cost more than the boat. Also consider the trailer if primative ramps are used you will want a roller style...GL
     
  9. Ross

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    I found an older Starcraft aluminum 18 foot runabout (yes with rivets but doesn't leak) gutted it, new floor etc. now have just what I was looking for, big--wide--open--deep. 5&1\2' wide flat floor 12+' long, plenty of room to move around and for gear. Foot control trolling motor on the bow which is about 5&1\2 long with storage underneath, 35 hp long shaft tiller handle OB on transom. NOT the fastest thing on the lake but serves my needs just fine. Have more invested in the trolling motor-battery than I do in the boat. Ross Puls
     
  10. Grayson Mayne

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    Sterlingwoth, do yourself a favor and look at Sea Ark boats before you spend your money. Nothing like them. Check the thickness of the aluminum on the other boats and then check Sea Ark. All welded.

    mash the link

    http://seaarkboats.net/
     
  11. guido

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    Make sure you check with the Fed's, they might not be legal. You know they, might hold to many people or something like that.

    Guido
     
  12. John Galt

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    Please don't buy an "assault" boat or Obummer will be unhappy.
     
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