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I live in PA, looking for an aluminum boat that is 12-14' I want to get it really cheap, so used is an option. What is the best way to get them cheap. Would people just give it away?

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To bad you aren't close. I have one I'm looking to sell cheap. Boat trailer and 9.5 Johnson outboard. That being said I'm sure I am not the only one out there looking to let his old neglected boat go to a new home. 

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Craiglist or local want-ads. Also look at the poster boards at local bait & tackle shops. Most of the boat dealers in my area have used boats for sale but they tend to be more expensive. Most of the boats that are given away are fiberglass and leaking so they don't sell them. 

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Define "Cheap". What is your budget and what part of PA do you live in. I have a good friend that runs Lakeside Marine PA. Go to her website and look at their inventory. There are several v bottom and jon style boats for less than $600. Look at these. The first is an old boat and newer trailer for $700  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=800 

Here is a 1999 16 foot jon boat for $600   http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=813

Here is a 1987 Grumman V bottom boat for $499  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=705

Here is a 14 foot jon with 2 seats for $350. It is located in York Pa  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=705

Here is a 12 footer with a good trailer for $475 or best offer http://lancaster.craigslist.org/boa/5717983047.html

These are easy to find you just need to go looking for them.  If you noticed the baots from my friends dealership are a little higher remember she test them and makes sure there are no leak and the trailers will pass inspection. She can also do all of the paper work to get them registered as well. 

 

 

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If I was in the market for a limited lake boat, I'd be jumping on that 16' jon.

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I see used inexpensive aluminum boats on the Pocono or Allentown craigslist listing all the time but right now there isn't anything priced really low. You might try calling Beltzville Manor Marine see if he has anything but last time I was there he didn't have anything small.

My suggesting is keep scanning craigslist

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Here is another one for $550 or best offer. http://york.craigslist.org/boa/5715741703.html  You did not say what your budget was and if you are looking for a boatto trailer of put in the back of a pickup. Anyway I doubt you will find anything much cheaper that you would want to own.  

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20 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Define "Cheap". What is your budget and what part of PA do you live in. I have a good friend that runs Lakeside Marine PA. Go to her website and look at their inventory. There are several v bottom and jon style boats for less than $600. Look at these. The first is an old boat and newer trailer for $700  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=800 

Here is a 1999 16 foot jon boat for $600   http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=813

Here is a 1987 Grumman V bottom boat for $499  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=705

Here is a 14 foot jon with 2 seats for $350. It is located in York Pa  http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=705

Here is a 12 footer with a good trailer for $475 or best offer http://lancaster.craigslist.org/boa/5717983047.html

These are easy to find you just need to go looking for them.  If you noticed the baots from my friends dealership are a little higher remember she test them and makes sure there are no leak and the trailers will pass inspection. She can also do all of the paper work to get them registered as well. 

 

 

thanks, you are a huge help, not sure what my budget is yet, i am still adding baits and rods to my arsenal so I'm not sure yet, but the links are great...

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Let me help you this way. I lived above Duncannon for 5 years and am familiar with many of the waters in your area. Your boat needs can best be determined by several factors besides cost.

Do you own a truck or SUV and can you tow a boat and trailer?  If so, you could pull up to a 17 foot v bottom or jon style boat on a small trailer. It can have nice seats, and you can permanently mount things like batteries, a fish finder, anchors, a trolling motor and even a small gas engine, as well as rod holders and more. A boat like this will cost more to purchase too. This boat is terrific to fish out of in lakes like Wallenpaupack or Beltzville and even on the Susquehanna River . On this setup money will be your determining factor.  If you do own a truck, SUV or a car and use a roof rack then look at a plain jon boat.  This boat will allow you to fish smaller ponds or streams.  You would need a boat more like the ones I have provided links to that had no trailer. These are much more plain with most costing less than $600.  They have to be smaller like 10 to 12 footers so you can turn them over and mount them to a rack on top of the vehicle You also do not need a boat sitting on a trailer if you intend to park the boat next to a river, stream, or lake.  Good luck with your search. Obviously the water you wish to fish affects what style boat to look for.

After you decide where you would like to fish, and what your budget is, we can try and find a boat that will work for you.  I understand you are busy budgeting for rods, reels and tackle, but those needs vary a lot, again depending on the body of water you fish. My wife and I have owned 11 boats over the last 4 decades. Some were small boats used to fish small electric only ponds, and lakes. Others were outfitted for fishing larger reservoirs and big lakes.  We have also owned big boats that allowed us to go over 70 mph, and fish big tidal waters like the Potomac and the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Each of these bodies of water have had a different list of needs to work well enough.

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