war eagle v. crestliner

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war eagle v. crestliner

Postby take'emgreenheads » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:52 pm

looking at 2 boats wondering what people thought seeing as i have no idea about different boats. one is an 18 ft. war eagle and the other is a 20 ft. crestliner. i am hoping to get a boat to do some sea duck with, maybe the isles of shoals once im comfortable and have somebody show me the ropes. let me know what you think.
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby rjbadfish » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:56 pm

Both War Eagle and Crestliner make different models. Most Crestliners have a deeper V. ASssuming this is the case, the Crestliner would be a better choice for the big pond.
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby take'emgreenheads » Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:44 pm

Neither are deep v they both are flat
bottoms would those be no good for sea duck
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby rjbadfish » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:06 pm

Just my opinion but I would not go out seaduckin' in a flat bottom jon boat style boat. Not enough freeboard and the ocean dont take no prisoners. Even if you pick a good day, conditions can change in a minute and a flat bottom is just not designed for that type of water.
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby capt1972 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:10 am

rjbadfish wrote:Just my opinion but I would not go out seaduckin' in a flat bottom jon boat style boat. Not enough freeboard and the ocean dont take no prisoners. Even if you pick a good day, conditions can change in a minute and a flat bottom is just not designed for that type of water.

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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby DUKHTR » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:57 am

X3........a minimum of semi-v....preferably V....you need the ability to go through the chop and swells....also, a broad beam can give you alot more control / stability.....lastly, you must have a reliable and powerful motor - do not under-gun your boat on the Atlantic!
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby waterfowlah » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:06 am

I hunt out of a 1860 mod john boat, Seaducking around the NH & ME coast is not a problem. You will give up Ride quality but gain it back. in how stable it is at rest. As far as the shoals this time of the year? I would take my 21' fiberglass CC. John Starky has been guiding out of his Mod John for 8 yrs or more. Everyone here knows( or should) when to go and when to leave the boat on the trailer. Having owned both types of boats, I find the + out way the - of owning the Mod John for our area.
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby gooosehunter » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Greetings from the south. I have a 17ft Crestliner with a semi-v hull. I stand behind my boat in pretty much any weather on our bays down here. I even wrecked into a duck blind flipping the boat 180 and snapped the piling in half. Broke my neck in the process (now have a steel plate in the neck) and still run her like nothing ever happened. The dealer I bought my boat from told me he sold six of them because of my accident.

War Eagle makes a nice boat too, but I am not familar with them enough to say one over the other. Another boat you should conside is the Sea-Ark. My buddy has a 20 foot Sea-Ark and we take that thing out to the deepwater blinds in 30mph winds with 3 foot seas. It is a tank. Look into it.

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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby Falling Skies » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:04 pm

Having lived my life on boats and around the water and owning many different kinds of fishing boats, I to was in the market for a hunting boat and recently purchased my first one. My Brother in law has a 21' Sea Ark and it is definitely a solid boat. As I looked at what was in the market I quickly noticed some distinct differences in design and construction. I quickly determined that I would only buy a fully welded boat for this purpose. I ended up purchasing a 18' Duckwater ( www.duckwaterboats.com )
and could not be happier. These boats are built in Ohio and are solid as a rock. Just got the boat in December and have had it in the lake, river, hampton marsh and the atlantic already and it is very stable. Have hunted with both 3 and 4 men in it with plenty of room and comfort. Take a look I think you will like what you see. Good luck!
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Re: war eagle v. crestliner

Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:03 am

I've got a Crestliner Sportsman 16' deep V hull. I love it, very stable and very well built. It's not big enough for a trip to the isles though.
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