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02-01-2006, 10:51 AM
Hey guys I am looking to purchase a boat for catfishing/crappie fishing. I have $1000 to spend. What can I expect to get for that amount or should I hold off and try and add to it. I am a big guy so I dont think a jon boat would do for me.

Thanks in advance


J White
02-01-2006, 11:31 AM
I wouldn't rule out a jon, at least one with a 48" or wider bottom, and
20" or better sides, if you otherwise think you'd like one -
a friend who used to fish with me tops 350, and me pushin 200 hard,
even with an overnite trip's camping gear, we never had any problem.
(18', 52" bottom, 20" sides)

02-01-2006, 11:42 AM
I wouldn't rule out a jon, at least one with a 48" or wider bottom, and
20" or better sides, if you otherwise think you'd like one -
a friend who used to fish with me tops 350, and me pushin 200 hard,
even with an overnite trip's camping gear, we never had any problem.
(18', 52" bottom, 20" sides)

All the Jon's ive seen round here have been about 12-14' long narrow and very low sides. I will keep my eyes open for a larger one.

02-01-2006, 12:10 PM
I bought a 16ft. fiberglass boat w/ a 50 hp Evinrude, and foot operated trolling motor on a dilly trailer for $400. It is a 1971 model, and of course it needed some work. Mainly a new floor. The rest of the work I did was purely cosmetic. The engine ran perfect, but AFTER I restored everything I found out that the lower unit had a problem that was going to run around $500 to fix. That was a little more than I wanted to spend on that motor so, I started looking and found a Johnson 85 for sale that had been on a pontoon boat. I bought it from a dealer for $650 and he guaranteed it. He installed it for another $150. I repainted it and had a sign shop make me some decals. That was 2 years ago. It is overpowered but it will absolutely FLY!!! I have even skiied behind it quite a bit. Today my rig looks brand new, and I've got no more than $1800 in it. Remember though, a large part of that expense was cosmetic ie. paint, carpet, new seats, etc. My father in law has an Xpress w/ an 80 Yamaha and yes, his boat is nicer and newer, BUT it also cost him around $12k and he is still making payments on it. Mine is just as fast, if not a little faster, and has just as much room. Also, its kinda neat when people walk by and you hear them say "man that boat looks brand new. I know it's not, but it looks like it is!" Good luck with your purchase.

02-01-2006, 03:40 PM
Save the money and make ONE purchase that you will be happy with for YEARS. Don't spoend the $$$$ then it not be what u want, cause then you have to sell it, usually at a loss and then do this all over again!!!

AS I've said before and I'll say it again...WIDTH WIDTH WIDTH...16 feet 60 inches on bottom will be hard to beat!!!

02-01-2006, 05:28 PM
Man you need to keep your eye open down here in Arkansas for a boat. Quality duck hunting appears to be a thing of the past and there are a bunch of guys that have some nice boats they are going to be selling. Should be a couple thousand guys wanting to unload some boats and give up duck hunting ducks.

Just an idea.

02-01-2006, 06:54 PM
There is no telling how many crappie have come over the side of my 14' jon. Also, some of those duck hunting boats make very good crappie boats. They are plenty wide for stability. Like gooch said, there should be some fairly resonable boats for sale this time of year. Good luck.

02-01-2006, 06:59 PM
That's funny Gooch. You're probably right. Anyways depending on the waters you'll be fish'n a jon should be just fine. You should be able to find one for sale or setting up somewhere. I've done both. I bought a 18ft Hydra-Sport bass boat with a Mariner 150 2-stroke. Motor ran like a dream, but the guy had sold the lower unit. It sat under trees for three years. Had moss growing in it. I checked the hull, floors, transom, and offered him 1200 for the boat, motor, trailer, and foot control troling motor. Took it home, blew the trash, carpet, and moss out with a pressure washer. Got lower unit $500 installed and warranty. Put in carpet in. Less than $100. So for $1800 I was fishing and she'd run 70mph. Guy gave me $1000 another 12' boat with 15hp motor(brand new), trailer, troling motor and I traded him. Took the thousand bucks put it down on a brand new boat, and I keep it forever. Good luck

02-03-2006, 04:59 PM
I looked at a boat today and might try to take it out on the lake Sunday. It is a 19ft fiberglass very deep V bottom with a mercruiser straight six inboard/outboard. He is asking $1800 for it. Its a 1974 modle. Floor is solid and the overall boat looks in good shape. Hasn't been in the water in over a year though. What do you think. Its more of a fish/ski boat which is fine cause I want to be able to have fun as well as fish.

02-03-2006, 05:13 PM
Don't buy it without test driving it! I would shop around alittle more though.

Good luck.

02-03-2006, 05:17 PM
Glen -

Make sure that you can fish out of it for whichever technique that you use. The hull of Deep-V boats tend to sit a little bit higher. I mostly doodle with a 10' pole, so a jon works good for my style of fishing (brings you a little bit closer to the water). Whatever your preference, just check it out good and make sure that it will work for your style of fishing. CEB -

02-03-2006, 05:34 PM
There should be plenty of boats out there like you're looking at. Dont buy one too hastily without looking around some 'cause you might run across a better suited boat and find it hard getting rid of the one you just bought. JMO

02-06-2006, 08:50 AM
Well didn't get to take the boat out this past Sunday. The guy was supposed to fix a flat on the trailer and never got around to it. But I did find another interesting possibility on my way to class Saturday. I can't remember the make of the boat but it is a 15ft tri-haul with a 55hp evenrude. The boat itself is a 1976 but the engine is a 1969. That concerns me a bit. Haven't heard it run yet because I didn't really have all that much time before class. He is asking $900 for it. If it runs good and seems solid elsewhere what would be a fair offer or is $900 fair enough?

Fred in Ky
02-06-2006, 06:19 PM
Keep your eyes open and take the boat out before you buy it. I would not be interested in a boat with a 69 motor on it. To much age for me. You can have the greatest boat in the world and if the motor doesn't run, you have a nice bathtub! Good luck!

02-08-2006, 08:34 AM
Went and looked at the tri-haul last night. Took forever to get it started. Once it started it ran a little rough and it looked like the water pump was not pushing water through the motor. The guy was trying to tell me oh its pushing some water but it wasnt. He said make me an offer the way it sits. I didnt want to make him the offer I was thinking about so I asked him was his bottom dollar was. He was asking $950 and said he would take $800 as is. LOL I wasn't going to give him $800 if it ran good. Needless to say I didnt buy it.

I think I may have found one in Canadian, Ok. It is my aunts neighbors boat. He just bought a pontoon and heard me talking bout wanting a boat. Said he would sell me his old boat for $1000. It is a 16ft deep v aluminum with a 50hp johnson. It was rebuilt 3 yrs ago. This thing is almost completely set up for fishing. Has two seats, one in the front and one in the back. Has a fish finder and two pole holders. The rest of the boat is wide open. Has a floor so it should be easy to walk in. Im going over Sunday to test it out. My aunt says he is a very honest guy and if he said the motor was rebuilt it was.