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Mikew22
12-08-2017, 08:40 PM
I currently own a 15/46 alumicraft that is a good boat. But my family has grown and I'm looking to purchase a bigger boat with more room in the near future. I'm thinking about something around a 16/52 to a 17/54. I mainly crappie fish but I do occasionally trotline and run the river deer hunting. With that being said I don't want any carpet. I like to be able to wash down with a hose. I'm leaning towards a war eagle or a g3. I just wanted to get some opinions on what others have that are similar. What you like and dislike about different brands. Pros and cons please. Thank you

charlie817
12-08-2017, 10:12 PM
Check out xpress boats too. Mine has a rhino liner type finish and is so much easier to maintain and clean than carpet.

Ketchn
12-09-2017, 06:29 AM
I have a bud that did a rhino liner in a aluminum himself for about 400 bucks and I am for sure leaning towards some kind of aluminum with that kind of interior myself . not sure what brand but I have looked at several myself , good question sir best of luck on your acquisition

SKs Crappie Catching Adventures
12-09-2017, 06:36 AM
The best one is gonna be rigged the way you like it, find one that can handle the chop then make it comfortable for you to slime it up with easy cleanup.....:cheers2:highfive

Mikew22
12-09-2017, 08:58 AM
I have a bud that did a rhino liner in a aluminum himself for about 400 bucks and I am for sure leaning towards some kind of aluminum with that kind of interior myself . not sure what brand but I have looked at several myself , good question sir best of luck on your acquisition
I like the layout of a grizzly tracker SC. But I'm sceptical about them from some of the reviews I've seen. I just want a well built boat with plenty of room. And no carpet so I can wash blood and mud out easily. Gonna keep researching and looking

Slabprowler
12-09-2017, 09:13 AM
282451 I’m a big guy and so far this is the most sturdiest aluminum that I have fished out of and it has vinyl so you can just hose it down lots of room also!

fiveeyes
12-09-2017, 09:35 AM
my :twocents..best is an individual thing..what is best for me may not be your best..gather as much info as possible and make your decision based on the way you fish, and where you fish..after 2-3 boats, you will pretty much know what is 'best'

Cane Pole
12-09-2017, 10:07 AM
I never could make up my mind about what I really wanted or needed. So, I have several boats to satisfy my wants and needs.

I am sure many people are in the same boat about boats.:cool:

I got the best "tinnie" in the world and it is the only one like it in the world unless China has copied it. Of course, this is my opinion only.

2boatjoe
12-09-2017, 10:39 AM
If you have young kids I like a deep v to help keep them in the boat plus good seating as well. I recently was looking at all the aluminum boats and my favorite was the Lowe boat very nice set up. Also most boats now you can get without carpet. Good luck on your search.

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Dutchman
12-09-2017, 11:41 AM
Seeing how He said "run rivers in Arkansas " a deep v yankee boat is out . I do love them but most small southern rivers are to shallow for them. ( not many docks in my area either) I will go ahead and say start looking at a 18/60 or larger semi v . Keyword: family. If you buy a 16-17 boat , Several of your kids and wife decide they want to go crappie fishing every time that you do. ( which is a great blessing buy the way) . 17 ft ain't gonna get it if you want to be comfortable/safe. It will at first , but you will outgrow it quickly. Sides need to be a minimum of 24 " .100 gauge or thicker on a 18' + boat. Mine is .125. I would recommend a custom build if you can find a reputable builder. If not , start with Sea Ark. they are at least close to top of the pile when it comes to production built aluminum boats. These production boats will not have the storage you can get with a custom build. Express, War Eagle , Excel are good too. Crestliner and Lowe have come along way in recent years. I would consider them tier 2 with the G3. Tracker cannot compare to the other boats mentioned above if we are talking construction specs. Everything made from lighter material. Which is not a bad thing if price reflects that. ( although looking at prices a my local bass pro , it doesn't) . I performed Years of research on this subject before my last purchase. I was getting ready to have one built , when I stumbled upon a used F and F hull ( their out of business) that suited my needs. Good luck !!!

M R Dux
12-09-2017, 11:52 AM
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FurFlyin
12-09-2017, 11:54 AM
How big is your family now?

If you want safe and stable, I'd go bigger than either size option you posted but I'm basing that on the water that I fish. The older I get, the wider I want my boat.

Dutchman
12-09-2017, 01:27 PM
:hesaid Keep in mind every dealer is going to tell you that their boat is the best one . Study the reviews/specs . Service after the sale should be at the top of the list if buying from a dealer.

Alphahawk
12-09-2017, 11:24 PM
Not going to tell you what brand boat I have......it doesnít matter. I will tell you not to overlook what I call mom and pop boat builders. There are plenty in Arkansas I am sure. More often than not you can get a boat made how you want it for the same.....or sometimes less...than a boat from a marine dealer show room. In many cases it will be a superior product. My boat was made just as I wanted. No one had a boat made from 125 gauge in the size I wanted. I could have had it made in 190 gauge. As others have said...do your research but donít forget there are many great boats custom made everyday from small companies.

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Mikew22
12-11-2017, 06:48 PM
Thank you all for taking the time to give me some advice

Dutchman
12-11-2017, 09:08 PM
No problem. Let us know what you guys settle on buying. Like a couple of guys said though. If your going to buy new , check into the smaller , custom builders. I was surprised at how much boat I could get built for my budget.

footballcoach
12-12-2017, 07:22 AM
282451 Iím a big guy and so far this is the most sturdiest aluminum that I have fished out of and it has vinyl so you can just hose it down lots of room also! That won't make it to the Rail Road bridge Mitch

skiptomylu
12-12-2017, 11:40 AM
Have a hard time believing any Aluminum boat is better than a LUND!

Skip

skiptomylu
12-12-2017, 11:42 AM
Thank you all for taking the time to give me some advice

Just an FYI, there is a guy down in Orange Texas that has been making Aluminum boats for many years now and makes a fine boat and you can get it how you want it! If really interested let me know and I will get his info for you! Just PM me.

Skip

strmwalker
12-12-2017, 12:18 PM
Have a hard time believing any Aluminum boat is better than a LUND!

Skip

depends on your definition of better ??? if a LUND can't go where I want to fish but another aluminum boat can , well I would consider the other boat better than the LUND !!!:biggrin

micorps
12-12-2017, 03:28 PM
Have a hard time believing any Aluminum boat is better than a LUND!

Skip

I will say as a midwesterner that there are plenty of alternatives to a metal lund without the lund price tag. I will say lunds are good boats don't get me wrong, but would go glass for the price of a lot of lunds at 19ft as a deep v owner myself.

chaunc
12-12-2017, 09:33 PM
Check out the Lund line of boats. Can't remember for sure if their crappie model is a semi vee or not.

Dutchman
12-12-2017, 10:00 PM
Check out xpress boats too. Mine has a rhino liner type finish and is so much easier to maintain and clean than carpet.

agree completely.. my last boat came from the factory with it (inside and out). Sold it when it was 18 years old . Still had 90 % of left on it. Sanded the paint off my current boat (inside and out) and applied a product called tuff coat . Loving it so far. Hope it last like the last boat.

warhawk
12-13-2017, 01:23 AM
Where about in Arkansas? I guess you know that a lot of the aluminum boats are made here in Arkansas.

I had an Alumacraft deep V (competitor 165) with a Suzuki 90. Shallow water was NOT a problem. It would float in water where the TM prop was breaking the surface, and the TM hit bottom before the hull did. That said, the narrow front end is no good for side by side crappie fishing. I think the competitor is the widest 16 footer Alumacraft makes. It really was a great boat, just too big for me to manage alone, and I ended up fishing alone most of the time. I also have Back problems which didnít help. I sold it and used some of the proceeds to buy a Little Tracker stick steer.

In your shoes, i would look look into a War Eagle 861 or even a 961. They will make it pretty much any way you want and I donít think there is a better tin boat.