So the time has come that my passion for duck hunting has outgrown my current rig. (14ft polarkraft MV68, 20hp yamaha) I mainly hunt the upper hudson and mohawk rivers, as well as striper fish the hudson. During late season i need a boat strong enough to break thin ice coats. and one thats shallow enough to float about 1' of water. (surface drive not an option, mind is made up on outboard.)
Those from the area know the hudson river in december and january can be quite frightening. Its channel nearing 45' deep and 300yards wide in some parts, the catskill mountains to the west, and Berkshires to the east creating a windy environment.
Ive been doing alot of research lately on the different MFG'rs. And pretty much narrowed it down to 2 different companies.
Xpress boats: quoted from dealer 15,500 with Foot mount trolling motor.
18 AWD model. 60hp yamaha motor.
Or the war eagle: 17,000 with no trolling motor
17'7 12 degree V hull 50hp motor.
Im asking for some advice from people who own or have used one or both. Please keep in mind i will be using this boat for both fishing and duck hunting as well as toying around in the summer.
PS cant figure out the images. im sorry.
Thanks in advance!