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I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:59 pm

Moved down to the coast now and I need a boat, but have no clue what kind. I've fished all my life, just never saltwater other than a pier or surf.
I've got $10k to spend. I'd like something center console that I can move around on. 17-22ft would be ideal.

My issue is that I don't do well offshore so I have to be backwater or inland, with the occasional flat days I may go 10miles off. Do I get a skiff or true deep v? I don't know what fish I'll target but I want to be able to get in some back marshes or hit the bay and maybe nearshore somewhat, something island hop with friends and to get me some flounder, clams and all that.

Anyone have any advise ? Or someone who has something up for sale?
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby Duck Nasty » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:15 pm

If you want to go off shore get the deep v

If you are going to be staying inshore get a skiff. You can get to a lot more water in a skiff inshore than the v. It's personal preference.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:13 pm

I am near Wilmington and there are lots of coastal waterways from Calabash to Wrightsville that I'm concerned about with a skiff. Is that too deep and rough for a skiff?
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:11 pm

$10K should get you a decent motor.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby Duck Nasty » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:41 pm

A skiff would be fine for the intercoastal.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby Duck Nasty » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:43 pm

There are some other options which I think would do you better for a semi v center console they will be able to handle better than a flat bottom skiff and can handle small days off shore.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Fri Apr 25, 2014 4:02 pm

What about a "bay boat"? I've seen some that kinda look like a deeper v bass boat, 18-22ft center console.. I think the brand was Sprint
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby tsamp » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:15 pm

Look on Craig's list man! Boats all over even think there are a couple like you want on there for a good price. Check it out and see I guess.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby Duck Nasty » Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:23 pm

quack-quack wrote:What about a "bay boat"? I've seen some that kinda look like a deeper v bass boat, 18-22ft center console.. I think the brand was Sprint

Yeah that's what I was talking about. I've been offshore about 15 miles in one several times
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby tsamp » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:34 pm

There is an 18ft May craft on Jacksonville Craigslist for $9000. Prolly get it for $8000-8500! Just passing it along if your interested. I wish I had that kinda cash sitting around or I would buy it.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:22 pm

Now that I'm moving back my pops is talking about getting an offshore boat. If he did that I could get something smaller for hunting and backwater fishing..
Anything bad about getting something like a Tracker Grizzly semi-v and using it in saltwater? I've heard mixed things about it.
Also would a 17-18' semi-v like that be ok on the shallows of the coast? I would say the farthest off coast I'd go would be in between the inner coastal to get to different sloughs.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby tsamp » Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:56 pm

I have a 16' mod v and have taken it out in oyster creek in pamlico and had no issue and that's pretty big water! I wouldn't go outside of the inner coastal. But that's coming from an MN native, I'm used to lakes and rivers.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:50 pm

Yea that'd be rough!! I'm much more south so if be running in between calabash to bald head and all I'm between
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby tsamp » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:07 pm

I'd get a big center console and put a blind on it, and at least that way you could hunt semi shallow water out the boat and go on big water an hunt layouts or build a scissor rig on it! One thing I noticed hunting here is that you almost gotta have a boat for every situation other wise you are limited you know? Like you need a big boat to go out on the big sounds and off coast, and in that case you also need a layout boat! If u wana hunt river or shallow bays, you need a flat bottom of some kinda. If you wana do swamps and creek hunting you need a canoe or kayak! Haha never ending is what it is.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby quack-quack » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:32 pm

Haha I hear you there! I'm not good on big water, tried the whole layout thing and ended up at the dock waiting on my buddies for a couple hours! :)
I posted up a wanted ad in the Classifieds. I'd really like a flat-v, but a semi-v too.
Since your kinda in the area. If you see anything let me know please.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby tsamp » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:03 am

Will do! I am always on the Jacksonville NC Craigslist looking at deals.


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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby ducking&diving » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:08 am

maycraft, parker, privateer, jones brothers, intruder, Carolina skiff, southern skimmer, bayrider. any of those are good to look into.
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby ducking&diving » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:08 am

maycraft, parker, privateer, jones brothers, intruder, Carolina skiff, southern skimmer, bayrider. any of those are good to look into.
Springing Flying Fish are good practice in the off season
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Re: I need a boat for the coast!

Postby ecu_duckhunter » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:57 am

I'd consider a side console boat! Just a thought. Sometimes the center console can get in the way when you use a pop up blind :smile: 16ft to 21ft and you will be fine.
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