Selmer Posted July 23, 2012 Share Posted July 23, 2012 Okay, I had the wife and two kids out last Tuesday night on a larger South Dakota lake in about 20 mph winds in our 14 ft. wooden boat with fiberglass layers on the outside and a 7.5 hp motor that my dad found in a farmer's grove in 1968 and turned into a fishing boat that has worked for us since then. But...she wasn't feeling safe, and my pucker factor with my entire family in the boat was pretty high, and we love to fish. So...the wife says, "We need to buy a boat." I've been in a lot of boats and know what I want, which is a 16-18' tiller steer with a 50-75 hp motor on it. I like Lund's Pro-V and Pro Angler layout. The catch is price. $7000 is my top end, which puts me into a late '80s to early/mid '90s model w/motor. We won't use it for tubing or skiing, we have friends that invite us to their cabin for such activities. Are there any other boats out there that I should be looking at? We love to anchor up for panfish, catfish on the Minnesota River, and troll for walleyes and northerns - an all-around fishing boat that will handle bigger lakes. I've got a Suburban to pull it, no worries there. I've done some looking on hsolist and have seen some outfits that have what I want in the price range I have, so I know the package will be out there. But I've been fishing in this wooden boat since I was in diapers, so other "big boat" considerations that I haven't thought of are welcome. What kind of electronics should I be looking for? Is a GPS separate from the sonar or combined? I had a method of using my Vexilar FL-8 as the sonar unit on my boat, so haven't worried about electronics. Rod storage would be great, but not a huge priority, a good livewell is a fairly high priority. Color means squat to us as long as the boat looks decent. What about deck lighting, etc, etc? Sorry for all the questions, but I bet many of you can understand my excitement of my wife suggesting we buy a new boat. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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