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i really want to get a good boat for bass fishing

does this boat look worth $650 to you?

it comes with the motor and trailer

also i have another offer for a 1975 cape cod bay gannoe for $600

with new oars, cushions, trolling, and gas motor

i dont have pictures of it yet when i do ill put them on

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The boat in the pictures looks like a decent boat. As long as the motor runs good I would say go for it. I would try to get the person selling it down on the price a little so you could put some money in it to make it look a little better. Throw a coat of paint on it and install a deck and you got yourself a nice little bass boat. ;D

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I cant tell from the pics but I am hoping that is an aluminum boat. If it is a fiberglass one I would stay away. I had one about that same size several years ago and the bottom had gotten so soft it felt like you were going to fall right through :( If its aluminum I would have to say go for it. If it runs good it will make you a nice boat. Look at the post from low-budget-hookers and see what he has done with his restoration on his jon-boat, it looks awesome.

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Mighty old outfit, I would have it checked out very closely before buying.  Also I would recommend you take it to the lake for at least one test trip.  A pointed V and rounded bottom is going to let limit your casting ability.   You're going to pretty much be confined to sitting down because they have a tendency to want to rock pretty badly if you try standing.

One of the main problems with that motor is the lower units are prone to leak.  I would check the lube.  If it's black, it should be ok.  If milkey, or water comes out when you remove the bottom plug it has water, if fresh and clear gold color, I would be leary also, someone changed it for some reason and most people don't change their LU oil when they are selling a boat unless they're wanting to hide something.

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I have an aluminum semi-v kind of like what you are looking at. They are not as stable as a jon or flat bottom. You may be able to raise the seats some, depending on the size to improve casting. It has been a while but we use to fish for bass in stumps at night and run miles of trotlines with no problems. They do cut through the water alot nicer then the flat bottoms. If the boat is sound, I think that is a pretty good price.

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If the outboard runs OK,I'd say that's a good deal.If possible,get 'em to let you take it for a test run at the lake.With a little TLC, I think you'd have you a nice little rig.I had a rig like that before I got my current glass boat.I put in a marine plywood floor w/marine grade carpet,top of the line MK trolling motor,new seats,depth finder, mounted anchor,and the outboard was in good condition.Many a great morning in that boat!

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also, if it's fiberglass, it weighs a ton.  Personally I would keep looking, lots of stuff out there for cheaper.  Drive around some neighborhoods near lakes and leave notes on doors asking if the boat may be for sale.  Leave your telephone #.  I did this on my UPS route for 2 days and got about 12 call backs.  THat gave me a huge choice of vessels in all different price ranges to choose from.  Good luck.

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