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As you all probably know by now, I am looking to get a new boat. I really like the RT188, but as an angler in high school, I am not currently able to afford a new Ranger. As a substitute, I am considering an 1860 MVX All Weld. The boat and trailer come with a lot less features, but it is more affordable. I was thinking of getting the boat, trailer, and a really nice trolling motor. In the future, when I have more money, I could add a tiller and electronics. Do you think this is a better option?

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The MVX is a fine boat to start with and here is a BIG question.  Where do you want to fish the most? I ask this because you live in a state with a lot of 20 hp restricted lakes.  You need to determine you fishing waters first. Every time Linda and I changed boats it was to fish certain type waters best. If horse power restricted lakes are on your list I would set up a boat to fish them, so a 20 hp makes sense. That means the MVX is even more of a better option. If you intend to fish local waters and they are not HP restricted or you intend to travel a lot then bigger hp comes in top play. Instead of going that MVX route, perhaps something like this used boat from Lakeside Marine might be an option.  Keep in mind, I set my Lowe up special with a tilt/trim plate and fished my big aluminum in 20 hp waters and lakes as huge as Dale Hollow ( 60 miles long and 4 major rivers feed it.

 

Take a look at this listing.

http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=858 

 

get_image.php?id=2630&size=large

 

Go check the list of options on that boat.  It costs the same as the brand new MVX but has a 75 on it and some goodies.  They also have a nice used 2003 G3 Guide 175 with a Yamaha 70 on it. They want $6500 for that one.

 

I can assure you a brand new Ranger is not needed to catch fish. My first three boats were a 12 foot jon boat, and two canoes. We caught a lot of fish in all three. I was 25, newly married and living in my own town house before I bought my first aluminum bass boat.

You really need to think this through, study your local waters and talk to your dad.  See what waters you are going to fish and decide what you are allowed to use in them.  My big Lowe hull weighs 1000 pounds and with a 20 hp outboard it ran around 18 mph. No speed demon, but with the tilt/trim plate and some tweaking my setup fished great on PA's limited HP lakes. I love Codorus State Park/Lake Marburg.

 

By the way that dealer in Harrisburg is a personal friend that i have done business with for over 3 decades.  If you ever want something she has let me know as I will call her and ask her to work with you.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

The MVX is a fine boat to start with and here is a BIG question.  Where do you want to fish the most? I ask this because you live in a state with a lot of 20 hp restricted lakes.  You need to determine you fishing waters first. Every time Linda and I changed boats it was to fish certain type waters best. If horse power restricted lakes are on your list I would set up a boat to fish them, so a 20 hp makes sense. That means the MVX is even more of a better option. If you intend to fish local waters and they are not HP restricted or you intend to travel a lot then bigger hp comes in top play. Instead of going that MVX route, perhaps something like this used boat from Lakeside Marine might be an option.  Keep in mind, I set my Lowe up special with a tilt/trim plate and fished my big aluminum in 20 hp waters and lakes as huge as Dale Hollow ( 60 miles long and 4 major rivers feed it.

 

Take a look at this listing.

http://www.lakesidemarinepa.com/index.php?view=inventory&viewid=858 

 

get_image.php?id=2630&size=large

 

Go check the list of options on that boat.  It costs the same as the brand new MVX but has a 75 on it and some goodies.  They also have a nice used 2003 G3 Guide 175 with a Yamaha 70 on it. They want $6500 for that one.

 

I can assure you a brand new Ranger is not needed to catch fish. My first three boats were a 12 foot jon boat, and two canoes. We caught a lot of fish in all three. I was 25, newly married and living in my own town house before I bought my first aluminum bass boat.

You really need to think this through, study your local waters and talk to your dad.  See what waters you are going to fish and decide what you are allowed to use in them.  My big Lowe hull weighs 1000 pounds and with a 20 hp outboard it ran around 18 mph. No speed demon, but with the tilt/trim plate and some tweaking my setup fished great on PA's limited HP lakes. I love Codorus State Park/Lake Marburg.

 

By the way that dealer in Harrisburg is a personal friend that i have done business with for over 3 decades.  If you ever want something she has let me know as I will call her and ask her to work with you.

 

 

Once again, thank you. I really like the look of that boat, ill take a look at the other one as well.

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I had my foot surgery last week. Once this stupid foot heals I am inviting out several members from this site to fish the upper bay. I can not wait till you and I can share a boat and I can help you figure this all out.  That Crestliner is a better built hull than I own even though the two companies are related.

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