Help picking my War Eagle boat?

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Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:20 pm

I'm new to duck hunting and boats so bare with me. Looking to get a boat here soon and been looking at the war eagles specially the 648 or 754. What's the advantages to a side or center console boat? Is it really worth the extra money? I want to be able to fish and hunt with the boat. Is the mud buddy motor a must? I will be in some shallow water but on the lake most of the time. What accessories are a must? Avery blind work the best?

Here's the boat I've been looking at and might purchase soon.

http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2014- ... -100809731

Thanks for your help
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby natebryan » Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:50 pm

I really think its personal preference. think about what you will be doing in it 90% of the time and live with the other 10%

I think anything 16 and less, you can do ok with a tiller, 17 and above, I personally would prefer a console. i had a 17ft hd express with a side console, and loved it. Im not really a tiller fan although I had one a long time ago.

I sold my 17 footer because I hunt a river and carry a lot of stuff with me. so I wanted more room. im in the process of buying a boat and looking at the 2170 wareagle black hawk.

I don't think a mud motor in necessary unless your consistently messing around in water less than a ft or soo.

if you buy a wareagle, you will pony up some cash, but I haven't seen a whole lot of negative feedback on them, so that's why im considering them. hope you find a good boat that you like, and haggle them!!

as far as the blind goes, I like the banded axe blind. I think the avery is a good one. but believe you would be more impressed with the axe blind as you can pick it up with another person and use it on land in the off chance you don't wanna hunt from the boat. I may not be explaining it properly, but if you youtube "banded axe blind" a couple videos should come up.

*queue the people saying go custom or phowler*
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby surfrat » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:34 pm

I have a 648 with a honda four stroke 20 and love it. I got the rear pods and they are nice. I also have camo seats and a nice bow mount trolling motor so it also makes a nice fishing boat. I also got the locking gun box. You will spend more for a war eagle but you will love your boat. The 16 ft is just right for a tiller. If you omly hunt with one guy and a dog or alone it will run fine with a 20. mine runs 26 mph with just me and 22 with two guys. I would get a four stroke motor. If you carry a lot of stuff and have a heavy hunting buddy get bigger motor..... Yamaha or Honda would be my choice.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:35 pm

Thanks man! One think I like about the war eagle is the resale value and ability to customize it.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:38 pm

Surfrat thanks for the reply it'll just be me and my dog and occasionally a buddy. The tiller is def less expensive :biggrin:
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby surfrat » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:48 pm

One more thing...The 648 is a very stable boat. It also handles very well and is a safe boat if it gets a little rough. Nothing wrong with the bigger war eagles either.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:48 pm

Kind of leaning towards the 754 LDV right now. What's everyones opinion on the pod seating vs the bench seat in the back with the tiller?
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby surfrat » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:53 pm

Pods are the way to go.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby shoveler_shooter » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:55 pm

surfrat wrote:Pods are the way to go.

:ditto:
UmatillaJeff wrote:This load would drop ducks and geese like thors hammer in my hands, I would bet the equity in my house on it.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:01 pm

Yea it looks more comfortable and have heard it's the way to go.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby greenmachine69 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:19 pm

If you decide on a surface drive I would not put pods on it. It hinders performance more than it helps
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby greenmachine69 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:20 pm

Whoops my bad. I though y'all were referring to the pods welded on to the back of the boat, I read all the posts and see you were talking about seatinf
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:58 pm

Recommendations on War Eagle boat dealers to do business with. Seems as if none of the dealers in NC/SC want to do any business. Cant return phone calls, won't respond to emails, etc.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby surfrat » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:39 pm

The guy in maryland is solid...Cant remember name but I will find out...It starts with an S.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:47 pm

Whats everyones opinion on this- I'm between the 648 LDV with a 30 HP engine or a 754 LDV with a 40 HP engine. There is about a $1,500 difference in the two. Do you think the extra room and bigger engine is worth it? Both boats have the same accessories
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby SouthernVAHunter » Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:50 pm

Whats consensus on Tohatsu motors?
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby KillerKowalski » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:33 pm

I would go with the 754LDV.
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby blackrock » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:33 pm

Unless you have to manually load it in to the back of a pickup I can't possibly imagine going for a smaller boat, ever. Or less hp, never been in an overpowered boat. I had a 14' Nova and my stuff was stacked way high. Have an 1860 now and it's still not big enough some days.......
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Re: Help picking my War Eagle boat?

Postby natebryan » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:52 am

I would always go the biggest. Like the other guysaid.. Rather go a little bigger and be happy than go small and wish you went bigger. More room. Better storage capability. 1500$ more for 1 1/2 feet and 10hp aint bad i think. If you take a tahatsu and a yamaha apart side by side.... They are identical up to like a 90 i think. Tohatsu is a little cheaper due to the sticker.
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