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Old 02-18-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Used Boats are getting cheaper........

So, since DW gave me the "go-ahead" to buy a fishing boat, I have been looking around a little. I found a couple that look intriguing, and went to see them.

The most interesting thing about them was NOT the boats, but WHY the owners were selling them...........and it was their ARM adjusting, and needing to save money.

So the folks that bought homes they couldn't afford also bought boats they couldn't afford.........

Just proves LBYM is not a universal behavior........
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When it comes to fishing a simple inexpensive Jonboat is all you need http://www.myjonboat.com/images/hayden3.jpg
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I think you'll be able to score a great deal on a lot of toys in the next year...boats, quads, RV's, third/fourth cars, etc...
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When it comes to fishing a simple inexpensive Jonboat is all you need http://www.myjonboat.com/images/hayden3.jpg
Nah, you gotta have a 250hp Evinrude to beat the other guys to the honey hole...
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For some reason I read the title as "U-Boats are getting cheaper"

That would be friggin sweet
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My son has a yacht repair yard in the NW. The conclusion after the boat show is that folks were picky about what they bought and yacht owners were consulting with surveyors regarding maintaining their existing vessel. Much interest in changing from gas powered to diesel. Gas additives are playing havoc with maritime engines. The yard is booked, no room for do-it-yourselfers.

Most of the vessel owners are not recent home purchasers.
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I've been a boater most of my life but out now. The cost of the boat is usually not the biggest expense, it's everything else that gets ya.
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Nah, you gotta have a 250hp Evinrude to beat the other guys to the honey hole...
That depends on what kind of fishing you plan on doing.
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When it comes to fishing a simple inexpensive Jonboat is all you need http://www.myjonboat.com/images/hayden3.jpg
Not where I'm going...........I ain't taking THAT on Lake Michigan.........
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May add a kayak to our current fleet of three. Just misses great sale on a used one@$500.
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That depends on what kind of fishing you plan on doing.
I'm fine as long as there's room for beer...

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Not where I'm going...........I ain't taking THAT on Lake Michigan.........
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I'm fine as long as there's room for beer...
There is always room for beer! The cooler goes under the bungee cord tie down system right behind my seat.
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If i were planning on fishing far off shore a trawler type boat would be a handy way to go. http://www.monktrawler.com/photos/monk1.jpg
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Yeah come on and bring that baby out on the Chesapeake Bay hahaha
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I ended up with a porta-bote since the homeowner's assc. here won't allow boat trailers outside, I couldn't talk my wife into putting her car outside, and I'm sure not going to put MY truck outside. Found one used that had been wet once. It's a good solution if you want a small boat and have a storage issue.

A Folding Foldable Portable Fishing Boat And Dinghy By Porta-Bote Portabote Porta-Boat Portaboat Foldboat * Portabot

It folds up lengthwise and is surprisingly stable. Just used on the Potomac river with a 5hp outboard it planes fine.

Re the larger boats like FinanceDude is looking at I see the same thing in looking at travel trailers and other RVs, which I might buy in the next year or so.
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I'm looking at 17-19 foot Deep V, with a motor between 115 and 150hp, with room for four.

I would love to find a used Lund around, but they carry a premium price new and have high resale. Almuacraft and Lowe also make nice ones.

I want one I can take on inland lakes, trailer, but also big enough to go on Lake Michigan on a calm day. I don't want a 25-28 foot beast that is tough to trailer............
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I'm looking at 17-19 foot Deep V, with a motor between 115 and 150hp, with room for four.

I want one I can take on inland lakes, trailer, but also big enough to go on Lake Michigan on a calm day. I don't want a 25-28 foot beast that is tough to trailer............
Sounds like a lot of fun. The issue here is that water where I could use one like that is 2 hours away so it's not really practical. The river is 20 minutes, but too shallow most days for anything much over 14 feet. With last year's drought even kayaks were running aground some places.
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I don't want a 25-28 foot beast that is tough to trailer............
This is especially tough after 8-10 hours of alcohol consumption...

Don't ask me how I know this.
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I had an 18' bowrider, so no big boat for me. I don't fish often, and never fished from that boat. Used for skiing/tubing quite a bit. It was actually a bit underpowered for skiing, with a straight four MC stern drive. Well, it was was underpowered with four occupants, a skier, and three coolers fulll of ice, beer, and wine coolers...

It was a great boat for just tooling around the lake, though, and got great gas "mileage". Plus, after a period of skiing, we usually headed for a quiet, protected cove, dropped anchor, donned PBDFDs (personal beer-drinking flotation devices), then jumped in to escape the Texas heat.

A 20000-30000 acre lake can produce some pretty big waves, so I can imagine what big water can throw at you. For anything other than trolling the shore, I'd want the big kahuna.

Of course, if I ever get another boat, it'll be built for comfort, not for speed...
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