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Boat quandary....

Postby Mike123456 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:48 pm

First off I'm new to the forum and have enjoyed the reading.

My 17 yr old son has really taken to duck hunting over the last 3 years. We have a 2012 1448 Grizzly with an older Mercury 200 20 HP long shaft. We have only used it for bass fishing. Anyway the quandary is this: Do we put money in this boat or purchase a 16 or 18 ft boat to allow more room and 3 to 4 hunters. The boat could use a motor upgrade - short shaft w/electric start... My fear is that we will outgrow the boat or only ever be able to hunt 3 people. By the time I purchase the motor, outfit it with a blind, lights etc...would I be better off buying a larger duck boat package? He hunts the bays and small lakes. However I think as he grows he will eventually want to cross a channel and explore new areas near the bigger waters. I waterfowl hunted quite a bit in the 90's and switched to Upland. Now with his interest in waterfowl my interests are changing back.

The pros on this current boat: bought it 7 months old with a brand new trailer, bow mount trolling motor, fish finder, deep cell battery, boat seats etc... The guy garage kept it as we have. The boat is still like new.

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Re: Boat quandary....

Postby Leghorn Webbfeets » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:27 am

Mike,
From reading your post you sound like your wanting a new larger boat, so go get it make it reasonable. Then you can assign him the responsibilities of it, with your guidance of course. Give him something to work forward to.
Besides the time you spend together out on the water ........Priceless.
That's my 2 cents.
Take care,
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Re: Boat quandary....

Postby FlyFishingFreak » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:05 am

There is no way to comfortably hunt 4 guys out of that boat.
There is no way to COMFORTABLY hunt 3 guys out of that boat, but you can. By 3 guys I mean me (150#) my buddy (165#) and another (170#). Size matters.
With 2 guys and a dog it would be a good boat.
I really like my little boat but would love a bigger one.

Sell the little boat and get a bigger one. Or keep the little one and buy a bigger boat.
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Re: Boat quandary....

Postby t_baker » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:22 am

I have the same boat. 25 johnson short shaft. Blind, ect. I love it. I wouldnt trade that little sucker for anything. I have hunted 3 guys and my dog in it no problem. One on the deck, one on the bench, one in the middle, dog off the bow. The boat hides anywhere you want to tuck it, and floats in very few inches of water. It handles rough water well also. I would say up grade that motor, tell him the capacity sticker is not an option but means what it says to be safe and let him have a good time. Good starter boat for sure.
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Re: Boat quandary....

Postby Mike123456 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:49 pm

Thanks guys for the replies.

There really isn't one boat to fit all....I'd be interested in seeing some pics of similar size boats with blinds, lights etc...

Thanks.

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Re: Boat quandary....

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