Botiz630 wrote:How much does an apostrophe cost down south? Must be quite a bit, based on how sparingly you use them.
handyandy wrote:whatever you do get a quality all welded hull you won't regret it trust me. This is coming from a guy that has had two riveted boats and now a welded boat which is so much better no more filling the boat with water finding leaking rivets and replacing them.
chiefwamego wrote:"I don't have a whole lot of experience with boats..never ownd one before and have only been out hunting in them with my friends when they invited me out.
I would be hunting alone or with my son (8yo) most of the time..."
Everyone has given good advice. Let me add this into your decision making. How about taking a boating safety course before buying a boat? Learn how to handle different types of boats, learn about hypothermia, safety equipment, flares, rules of the road, the importance of a float plan, and basic boat maintenace in case you break down somewhere. Then teach your son these things. Once you've increaed your basic boat knowledge then it might make it easier deciding what type of boat to get and what kind of conditions your comfortable operating in. It may be a beautiful day when you headed out but when the weather changes are you going to be ready and can your boat handle it? If something happens to you, could your son get you and the boat back? http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/default.aspx