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coombia21

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I am going to trade in my skeeter zx 2050 at the end of the season for a 18 or 20 ft alum fishing boat what would be you reccomondation that i trade this boat in for.

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Do you want a tiller or console? Many things to consider, but start with that and I'm sure several guys will start ringing in.

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Lund Pro-V or Tyee in those size ranges for the upper end. Pro V has lots of different models with layouts, max hp ratings, etc. I'd consider Lund Fisherman if you're looking to save a little cash, maintain fishability, and lose some top end.

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For an aluminum fishing boat, I'd go Lund Pro-V (1800, 1900 or 2025), Alumacraft Tournament Pro (185 or 195) or Crestliner Tournament Sport (192 or 202) and possibly a G3 V185.

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what do you guys think about a 18 or bigger sportfish

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The sportfish are a nice boat... no reason not to consider them!

marine_man

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why the change from glass to aluminum? if I may ask.

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maintenance costs we scratched the boat on a dock and got an estimate of 800-1000 to fix it alum just put a new label on it and you dont need to wax alum and it is cheaper

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what do you guys think about a 18 or bigger sportfish

I just bought a 1750 Sportfish and am really happy with it. I wanted the 1850 but came across a good deal on this one.

It's a very smooth ride for a tin boat, all welded hull, quality built, very wide. The front convertible seats are great, I was skeptical of how flimsy the bow casting deck might be with the seats folded down but it is very solid. The rear jump seats are great too, they quickly fold up and down and you can take out the rear swivel seats giving you more room.

My main complaint is the rod storage, it's OK at best, that's usually part of the deal with any Ski boat, becuase of the front seats you loose the option to have in floor rod stoage so they put it in the side, it still works but I don't even bother putting my 8' muskie rods in there, maybe the 1850 is better. The glove box is weird too, I think they meant for it to be a cooler but it's so small you can't really put much in there.

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Look at the Lund Explorers also. The full windshield models look very nice.

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Coombia 21,

Don't limit yourself to the top end Lund, Alumacraft or Crestliner.

I have had my 1825 Explorer for a couple of months now and love it. Dual council with the bubble windshields, I didn't want the full windshield, takes up a little more room then I wanted.

2 rod lockers, one in the front deck and one on the port side, 2 livewells, I went with the 135 Merc Opti and I would not trade that motor for anything in the world, best hole shot I have ever experienced, and I am still using the factory aluminum prop. What happens when I switch to stainless? Hang on baby!!!!!

I think my boat has more fishable space then the comparable Pro-V

and it was $10,000.00 less.

So don't discount the mid level tin boats, alot of bang for the buck.

WW

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