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welded g3 1548 or 1652?

Postby Swanny » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:22 pm

I'm ordering a new boat and have 2 more days to make up my mind on which size to get. I'm coming from a narrow 1432 jon that I used this past season with a beavertail boat blind and want something a little wider and bigger. Wondering if I should just get the 1652 for the wider floor or if I should get the 1548. I do haul my boat to a back woods boat launch with my four wheeler for some pretty good duck hunting, but I also want to try out some marshes and other sections of river up here. The 1548 has a 16" transom and the 1652 has a 20" and was thinking of powering it with a 20hp that I would purchase. Any advice would be great. The rivers don't get choppy, but I plan on using it quite a bit for some striper fishing this summer in protected bays and rivers. I usually hunt with 1-3 people and a dog, but do go out solo quite a bit. The 1652 is 400lbs dry and the 1548 is 340 dry. The 15' would be easier to handle by myself, but the 16' would be more stable and have more room and I'm not sure the 60lbs would make that much of a difference really.
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Re: welded g3 1548 or 1652?

Postby jscheirer » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:58 pm

Usually its better to go bigger. As long as the boat launch can handle the big boat (I don't think that would be a problem) it would be great. That way you have the extra room for gear/buddies if you need it and just more comfort. I have been in a few situations where a 16' wasn't big enough due to rough chop on a big river but we made it. I don't think you will be disappointed with the 16
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Re: welded g3 1548 or 1652?

Postby 1448jonboat » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:04 pm

Last year I made the switch from a welded G3 1448 to a Phowler 1660. When I'm not running a mud motor, I use a 20 hp Yamaha on my 1660. Because you will sometimes hunt 3 people, I'd shy away from the 1548 and go with the 1652. I'll tell you though that the 20 hp will really struggle pushing a 1652 with 3 people and a hunting load. I'd get a 40 hp instead or at least a 25 hp.
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Re: welded g3 1548 or 1652?

Postby Swanny » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:08 pm

How did the jump from the 1448 to the 16' feel, room wise? The only reason I was thinking of getting the 20hp was that it only weighs 115lbs or so which is a lot less than a larger motor and trailering it with the ATV had me thinking weight. Maybe I'll rethink the motor selection.
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Re: welded g3 1548 or 1652?

Postby 1448jonboat » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:17 pm

I do miss having a smaller boat when I'm just hunting by myself, so I'm saving up to get a sneak boat. The bigger boat is definitely better when you are hunting with someone else. The bigger boat is tougher to hide from the ducks, so unless I'm with someone else, I wish I was in a smaller boat. I don't hunt choppy water, so I don't need a big boat for safety. I mostly got a 1660 because of when I bring a friend along or I bring my kids.

The weight difference between a 20 hp and a 40 hp won't be a problem at all on the back of a 1652. You're coming from a narrow boat where the weight of a motor makes a much bigger difference. A wide boat will displace the larger motor without an issue. I think having a 20" transom is nice when the water does get a little choppy or when in reverse. The 1548 would do nicely if you are just hunting with one other guy, but with two other guys, the 1652 will be significantly better and it will float in more shallow water.

One nice thing about a 20 hp motor is I can lift it myself. Anything bigger and it is tougher to take on and off the transom. But I'd definitely recommend a bigger motor whether you get the 1548 or 1652.
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