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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby xrated » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:36 pm

That as been the point of contention when I bring the idea up around my dad. Integrity of the hull and floation that is installed in the bench. I imagine there is some way of bracing it up to compensate for taking out the benches but I don't know how it would be done.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:56 pm

If you take out the benches certen boats have L braket on them you would need a 2x6 or 2x12 depending on the curve. Id go with thst first one talk down 100 and sell trailer. Or find a buddy you can store boat at or rent a storage locker that way you can store all your gear there
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:40 am

Still waiting to hear back from the guy. Starting to think that it is too good to be true.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby kbooger » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:45 am

that's craigslist for you
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:26 am

Take sombody that knows boats lots of skeemers out there
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby kbooger » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:53 am

There should be more boats for sale on CL soon when the ice is out. I wouldn't worry about it too much.

I do like to laugh at people's ads tho. Call or text, and then no number. Yeah good luck selling!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:34 am

hillbilly.. wrote:If you take out the benches certen boats have L braket on them you would need a 2x6 or 2x12 depending on the curve. Id go with thst first one talk down 100 and sell trailer. Or find a buddy you can store boat at or rent a storage locker that way you can store all your gear there

Flotation only matters if you swamp the boat. At that point, it's only for boat recovery really. You would have a bunch of decoys to hold on to and wouldn't need a submerged but floating boat to keep you up.

I am trying to figure out a way to brace along the length of the boat, but can't figure out a way. Boats flex, that's the nature of thin aluminum I suppose, and it's not like it leaks THAT much and I stay out of really rough water that would actually shake it up. It's just one of those thoughts in the back of your mind though.

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby StuStiltman » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:18 pm

xrated wrote:That as been the point of contention when I bring the idea up around my dad. Integrity of the hull and floation that is installed in the bench. I imagine there is some way of bracing it up to compensate for taking out the benches but I don't know how it would be done.



Tinboats.net has many different threads about project boats where this type of thing has been done. Good resource.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby xrated » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:41 pm

StuStiltman wrote:
xrated wrote:That as been the point of contention when I bring the idea up around my dad. Integrity of the hull and floation that is installed in the bench. I imagine there is some way of bracing it up to compensate for taking out the benches but I don't know how it would be done.



Tinboats.net has many different threads about project boats where this type of thing has been done. Good resource.


I think I should be saying thanks for the tip....but I know I will now waste a night searching around and get way too many ideas!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:05 am

They have about a billion rebuild threads over there. Just in case you wanted idea :D

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby chasing the GREEN » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:54 am

http://stcloud.craigslist.org/boa/4353190616.html

Not sure if you found one, but with a little work this could be turned into a decent duck boat depending on the locations you are looking to hunt
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:53 am

Not bad at all - my only issue would be trying to move, load, and unload a 14' boat by myself...
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby mauserfan » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:25 am

Zee-The boat in the photo is not one that you want. It is an older Crestliner and they are heavier, but built like a tank. You will have no problem moving around, loading /unloading a small 14' Alumacraft. They are probably only about 150# or so. Alumacraft made a couple different 14' boats-it is the small one that you are after. Could possibly be called the T14 model. Shallow sides and light. Made in a 12' as well. A lot of them out there are already all painted up as well. Good luck....mauser
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:22 am

150lbs you think about it that really aint nothing. your young and in shape.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby Labs » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:12 am

Have you looked at the Ottertail Stealth boats? Will take that 5hp motor, and they are stable. Easy to load and store by yourself. Won't get one for 350 bucks, but save your nickels and look for one. Used they run 500 - 700 bucks, depending on accessories


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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby mauserfan » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:50 am

Zee-great to shoot out of but a bear to move. A lot better options out there for you. Just my .02....mauser
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby MNRealtree » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:58 am

I have a 10' flat bottom that doesnt get used. Painted in camo. Id let it go pretty cheap and can get some pictures if its something your interested in.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:43 am

MNRealtree wrote:I have a 10' flat bottom that doesnt get used. Painted in camo. Id let it go pretty cheap and can get some pictures if its something your interested in.


Wats cheap i need to make my kid a bed frame and have been wanting to do it out of an old duck boat
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby MNRealtree » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:59 am

$100
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:08 am

zee-unit wrote:Thoughts on something like this?

http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/s ... 71654.html

Pass on that. Way to heavy. My Carsten teal is basically the same thing, and half the weight, and I got it for $400. There is still ice, just keep watching for the right deal and be ready to pounce when you see it.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:10 am

If you are looking at kayaks, have you thought about building your own? Google "hybrid sneak boat" and you'll find tons of info for making your own, and they will weigh less than 100lbs for a one man boat.

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:00 pm

I haven't thought about building my own. That might be a fun project. Though honestly right now, I would probably rather buy one on the cheap than get myself into another project!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby Drakenstien » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:24 pm

12 ft if you are more on lakes but 14 if on higher traffic and faster moving water. Although a 5hp maybe a little small for a 14


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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:18 am

If you want a hunting kayak:
http://www.minnesotawaterfowler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33586
He's had it listed for a while too. Might be able to talk him down a little. These are BA hunting rigs too


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