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#2224006 - 03/20/10 10:49 AM
Aluminum boats - tiller models
openorice Offline
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I'm looking for some feedback from people on the differences between the following makers of aluminum boats; Lund, Alumacraft and Crestliner. I'm looking for a 16 - 18 foot tiller model for Minnesota fishing and I would like to hear from people who have fished out each.
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#2224014 - 03/20/10 10:58 AM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: openorice]
rodmaker Offline
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I had an Alumacraft 18 Compeditor with a 75 tiller for 13 years ,and loved it. I fish mainly big water, Mille Lacs & Gull.

I sold it two years ago and baught from a guy at Mille Lacs an 2003 YarCraft 1895 Storm with 135 Merc Saltwwater tiller. What a difference
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#2224303 - 03/20/10 06:50 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: openorice]
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There has been a lot of discussion on this subject. A lot of opinons of each of these boats.

Lund and Alumacraft are riveted boats.

Crestliners are welded.

I have an Alumacraft Navigator 175 with a Yamaha 75 hp tiller and I love it. If you look at the thread about Alumacraft boats you can see some of why I am such a big fan of the boat. I have fished out of Lunds a lot (my dad and my brother both have Lunds). They are great boats too.

I don't have any experience with Crestliners.

I will make an educated guess here that if you went with any of the three you would be getting a good boat. I personally would only buy a riveted boat when buying aluminum. If there were a better fastening method it would be used in airplanes and skyscrapers.

When I bought my Alumacraft Navigator a comparable Lund, Explorer, was more expensive and had less. My Navigator had a larger gas tank than the Explorer. The Explorer didn't have a guage cluster with a Spedo and Tach, the Navigator does. The Navigator was a little wider. The Navigator has a double plated hull.

You'll have to take the info/opinions you get here and then go check them out and make a decision from there. Going and checking them out is part of the fun.

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#2224365 - 03/20/10 07:35 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: caseymcq]
rodmaker Offline
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It all comes down to the bodies of water you fish.. They are all are good boats. Crestliner has a great hull. Some cut better through the rough water.

If you have the $$ glass is better in rough water.
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#2224402 - 03/20/10 08:01 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: rodmaker]
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Caseymcq my reply to the construction on the airplanes and skyscrapers was always and airplane or building in the water was in trouble? Must be some reason they weld submarines? ( I used to work for HSO-classifieds)
That being said all are solid boats! You really cant go wrong on any of them. Figure out your budget and shop around, lots of great older boats as well as new in the tiller models.
Make sure the boat has the features that YOU want!
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#2224411 - 03/20/10 08:08 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: swampbuck]
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I've owned a couple of Alumacrafts, and have spent a lot of time in Lunds and Crestliners. All 3 are good boats. If those are the 3 brands you're looking for, I would get in the boats and decide which one has the look, feel, features, layout, motor, etc that you want. As far as the boats themselves, you won't go wrong with any of them.

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#2224490 - 03/20/10 09:28 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: openorice]
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What ever you get, make sure it has a "V" hull that remains a "V" all the way to the transom. Some older models (80's) were flat in the back and ride very rough. Also, the wind blows them around while trying to control the boat.

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#2224500 - 03/20/10 09:36 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: Wish-I-Were-Fishn]
boatfixer Offline

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Registered: 01/24/06
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Loc: Grand Rapids
The IPS hull on a Lund will track well. I agree that those 3 mentioned are all very nice boats and agree that you should get in each one and pay close attention to layout, detail, comfort and see which one suits your needs.
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#2224542 - 03/20/10 10:40 PM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: swampbuck]
caseymcq Offline

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Originally Posted By: swampbuck
Caseymcq my reply to the construction on the airplanes and skyscrapers was always and airplane or building in the water was in trouble? Must be some reason they weld submarines?


Initially, when I first thought about it I started to think this may have some merit to it. But after further thought, I guess I really don't see a point here. Yeah an airplane or a skyscraper in the water would be in trouble. I can't argue with you on that one. Likely it would be as the result of a crash or a tsunami, respectively. I don't see what that has to do with the fastening method used in the construction of each. It seems more like a case of pilot error or a complaint with the local oceanographic unit.

The point I should have been explicit in making is that aircraft and skyscrapers have to be rigid and structurally sound. If welds were the best method of fastening to achieve that they would probably be used in the construction of each. The pontoons on float planes are riveted. Those components are moving through the water at a pretty good speed. They get pounded durning take off and landing.

I am not extremely well versed in the construction of submarines but I thought both welds and rivets were used.

Lunds and Alumacrafts use welds to seal the seams.

I did say by going with any of the three a person would likely be getting a good boat.



Originally Posted By: swampbuck
( I used to work for C-L)


No bias there laugh grin wink

I had to alter the quote slightly, other wise the site kept wanting to change the initials for Crestliner to "HSO classifieds" crazy


May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~Irish Blessing
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#2225402 - 03/22/10 05:55 AM
Re: Aluminum boats - tiller models [Re: caseymcq]
riverview Offline
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Loc: north dakota
I have a 1996 lund 20ft tiller alaskan. very tough boat not a leak and it is 14 years old. I have a 75 honda tiller. Not the fastest boat out there a little over 30 mph. This boat has more fishing room than any boat i have been in
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