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houtsdg 12-05-2004 01:47 PM

Cheapskate Looking for all-around boat
I am looking for a decent all around boat. I would like to have a boat to hunt from, but I would also like to be able to fish from it and haul the family around in it. I was wondering if something like one of the modified-v jon boats might work in an 18-20' model. I would be using it on the Missouri, local oxbows, and in the summer on one of the Missouri river resevoirs. What do you think? How big of a motor should I consider? Thanks!

DelcoJim 12-06-2004 09:20 PM

RE: Cheapskate Looking for all-around boat
being Cheapskate and boat owner do not go well together, but i know where you are coming from,. I had an 18' V-hull that was pushed by a 40hp merc and it did just fine, but it was only 2 of us fishing . i would not go with anything less than a 40 tho, as i think i would have started bogging down if i had added on of my larger buddies.
Find the boat you like , check the rating label to see what the max HP it will take , if you can afford it .....
if not ask the dealer what he thinks, mine told me 40 and he was right, for my applications
remember to add up the weight of all your accessories, motor, Blind, anchor , gas, guns, dogs, battery, decoys , buddies . all theses add up fast and skimping on a motor may make you depressed

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