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helping buying duck boat

Postby run-n-gun » Sun Jun 05, 2005 8:51 am

i'm new to this site--hoping to get some info. looking for aduck/fishing boat looked at varios companies--war eagle;sea ark;lund;triton;fisher;polar kraft. i live in sw pa.hunt mostly rivers and lakes.can any in help? thanks



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Postby likesbigspreads » Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:43 am

Buy the biggest boat and motor you can afford. Most people buy a "starter" boat fisrt, then in a year or so are complaining about room and power. A 18-19 footer with a five foot bottom is a pretty good allaround boat. That big of boat with a 40-60 is a great set-up. Good Luck finding the right one!
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Postby run-n-gun » Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:36 am

thanks likesbigspreads, but some lakes in pa have restrictions on horsepower ---2o hp
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Postby likesbigspreads » Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:44 am

Ya, we have some of those here in Illiois too. A 18' with a 52" bottom runs great with a 25. Dont know, but a 16' with a 52" bottom shhould run good with a 20.
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Postby run-n-gun » Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:54 am

how fast do you think your 18 footer runs with a 25
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Postby likesbigspreads » Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:05 pm

I have a 1860 with a 27 Pro-Drive and it is really slow. A buddy has a 1960 Roughneck and a 1852 Lowe with a 25 Mariner and they scream by me. I would think somewhere in the upper 20's
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Postby frazier2209 » Sun Jun 05, 2005 3:22 pm

I've got a 16 ft. Sea Ark w/ a 25 Mercury that does 31 all the time. :mrgreen: It's fast enough.
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:29 pm

You lucky dug.
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Postby the_duckinator » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:35 pm

Run-n-gun if you want to fish and hunt out of the same boat then try to find a jonboat with a semi v hull, it'll handle waves better for fishing. My dad just picked up a used 16' lowe with a 20 horse go devil, it gets goin fast enough. Pretty soon we're gonna try putting a 25 horse mariner thats laying in the garage on it for fishing, but its a square bow flat bottom, so we can only go fishing when its flat. Like I said if I was going to buy a new duck boat it would definately be a semi v. As for size it depends on the size of the water that you'll be hunting and fishing. Some places where we use our duck boat are just too small for a 18 footer. Just my two cents.
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Postby run-n-gun » Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:18 pm

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thanks for the advice----that helped me to narrow my search to a few i like that fits both needs
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Postby cast-n-blast » Sun Jun 12, 2005 11:36 pm

I am also a newbie when it comes to boats, I've always hunted the banks from the shore & used fishing pontoons & dogs for retrieves, but now I'm looking to upgrade. I definately like the idea of at least a semi-v hull if not a full v-hull. I'm not too worried about the motor as of yet, between 40 & 60 hp. I'm probably wanting between a 15' and 18' boat. Any suggestions? What do y'all drive?
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Postby duckcrazy » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:46 pm

What kind hunting you going to do. Like rivers or big water.
I have a 17' 56" flatbottom boat with a 25 horse mudbuddy it does great.
It a little crazy on big water like riding a surfboard. :eek:

If you hunt big open water i would get a mot v hull boat.
Creeks our rivers a 14'-16' 58" jhon boat works great . :mrgreen:
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Postby cast-n-blast » Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:52 am

Mostly bigger lakes, but I'd also like to be able to take it in the shallows and possibly some rivers. Right now I'm looking at the 16' Lowe roughneck with either a 6 degree V or a tunnel hull. How does the tunnel hull affect stability and steerability in big open water anyway?
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Postby the_duckinator » Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:20 am

I've only been on a tunnel hull once and it was no less stable than a V hull. If you're looking for a V hull, be aware that a full V hull will not be able to run in quite as shallow of water as the semi V. Semi V's are the way to go IMO.
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