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I have another thread about a troll motor. Since I am seriously considering a new boat, 'must have' features or, at least, things to seriously consider, come to mind. What are yours? I searched for this topic and found a years old thread but nobody really said much about specific things. What are your must haves or, at least, things you'd like to have? Such as...

 

dual axle trailer instead of one axle

easy to load trailer

plastic bunk runners on trailer

trailer has good backup lights

spare tire

lockable rod box capable of holding 7.5' rods

automatic trailer straps

onboard battery charger(s)

LED lights on front

LED's on deck for night fishing

storage box large enough for paddles

vinyl coating inside boat, not carpet

big drain to wash away crud/mud/silt

large live well, not just a small one

wash down pump/sprayer (to clean boat on lake)

fast troll motor w/some advanced features

high end sonar / fish finder

4 stroke motor (quiet) (not a Mercury, favor a Honda)

motor sufficient to reach at least 45mph

hull handling rough water well

length of at least 18' but not super long

large front deck

side console

console w/good mount spot for sonar

local dealer with good reputation

rubber plug easy to access

 

That last one on the list... I have a buddy who has a boat and the plug is a PITA to get to!

 

Share some thoughts!

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It’s funny how different peoples ideas about a dream boat can be. I just bought a new boat that has almost none of the items on your list. I wanted a boat for river fishing and being able to run in skinny water. A great anchor system for holding in fast current. A jet outboard. Swing away trailer tongue. Center console. No live well. 16 foot length to fit in my garage. 24 volt trolling motor. Basic depth finders to show me water temp, and depth. Another goal was to keep it as light as possible. 

I went to a custom river boat dealer and he built me exactly what I was looking for. 

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Non-obvious things, at least for me, are

  • Lowrance Point One
  • Small kicker engine for when your big engine doesn't start
  • 5-battery setup: 3 for trolling motor, one for starting the big engine, and one for running electronics
  • Good trolling motor batteries
  • Built in cooler (not a fan of warm beverages or hauling a big cooler around)
  • Good chip for electronics
  • Jackplate
  • Trim control on your bow

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2 minutes ago, portiabrat said:

Non-obvious things, at least for me, are

  • Lowrance Point One
  • Small kicker engine for when your big engine doesn't start
  • 5-battery setup: 3 for trolling motor, one for starting the big engine, and one for running electronics
  • Good trolling motor batteries
  • Built in cooler (not a fan of warm beverages or hauling a big cooler around)
  • Good chip for electronics
  • Jackplate
  • Trim control on your bow

What does 'good chip for electronics' mean? A chip where?

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I have my dream boat. ;)

 

What boats are you looking at?

Just now, livemusic said:

What does 'good chip for electronics' mean? A chip where?

I believe he is referring to a Navionics or Lakemaster card

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5 minutes ago, slonezp said:

I have my dream boat. ;)

 

What boats are you looking at?

I believe he is referring to a Navionics or Lakemaster card

War Eagle 860 and Catfish models by Excel brand and Express brand. The War Eagle 860, at least a Honda 90, but wondering if I could put a 100hp or 115hp on it or whatever Honda has.

 

These are aluminum boats. I am open to anything and I guess it doesn't have to be aluminum.

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Looks like the 860 is rated for a 115. Do yourself a favor and take a look at Seaark boats. Their website has a lot to be desired but there are some good pictures on the dealer threads of boattrader and boatsDOTcom as well as youtube. They make a heck of a hull and the hulls have a 15* deadrise vs 12* deadrise on the War Eagle. In theory the deeper the deadrise, the better it will handle the chop. 

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Yes, I have looked at Seaark more than once, will revisit.

 

The thing I like about the War Eagle is they allow a lot of customization if you do an order. Almost everything I asked for, he said he could do it in the factory. Now, having said that, I'd rather just find a boat a like and buy it, but that's probably hard to find.

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Wow, the SeaArk Rivercat 180 has beam of 95"! The War Eagle 860 beam is 82". That's 1'3" wider beam on the Rivercat. That sounds great, and in some ways it is, but I fish a lot of timber and getting between trees with a boat that wide... hmmm. Then again, maybe it's length of boat that is the issue with that 'problem.'

 

The SeaArk also is 28" deep, that's deep. The War Eagle 860 is 26" deep. SeaArk has 975lb boat weight. I don't know what it is on War Eagle 860, catalog doesn't say. I guess some people would say the SeaArk .125 gauge hull thickness is 'better' than the .100 gauge on the War Eagle 860.

 

The SeaArk has a max hp rating of 140. War Eagle, it's 115.

 

This SeaArk Rivercat 180 is a boat I have looked at before, the layout could work.

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I spent 3 years looking before I found my dream boat and it can be plenty exciting and frustrating at the same time. Another one to consider if you want to go the custom route is Gatortrax.

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Can someone tell me what this is... behind the transom of this SeaArk Catfish 180... the two metal structures on the water side. Like, big metal tabs sticking out. What are these for?

 

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Those are float pods. They add floatation to help the keep the back end of the boat up so you can run in shallow water.

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A must have for me is a shallow water anchor. I will never own another boat without one. 

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Jacuzzi and a golden terlet...:wub:

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Ulterra TM cause I ain't as young as I use to be. Some type of shallow water anchor would be better than the mushroom anchor I had on my jon boat. Hummingbird Helix 10 for those times I'm not fishing shallow. And a ladder mounted on the back just in case. 

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The one thing my dream boat would have is a Guide, preferably this guy to get me on the brown bass..... 😉

 

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no leaks and a good motor

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3 hours ago, 12poundbass said:

The one thing my dream boat would have is a Guide, preferably this guy to get me on the brown bass..... 😉

 

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LOL ~ I heard that guy is a hack.

Besides - he talk's funny . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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2 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

LOL ~ I heard that guy is a hack.

Besides - he talk's funny . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

Sounds like a normal northern Michigan accent to me. 

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1 minute ago, 12poundbass said:

Sounds like a normal northern Michigan accent to me. 

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:smiley:

A-Jay

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Jimmies on his ice cream 🤣

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On 1/21/2018 at 7:34 AM, Scott F said:

It’s funny how different peoples ideas about a dream boat can be. I just bought a new boat that has almost none of the items on your list. I wanted a boat for river fishing and being able to run in skinny water. A great anchor system for holding in fast current. A jet outboard. Swing away trailer tongue. Center console. No live well. 16 foot length to fit in my garage. 24 volt trolling motor. Basic depth finders to show me water temp, and depth. Another goal was to keep it as light as possible. 

I went to a custom river boat dealer and he built me exactly what I was looking for. 

That...

...sounds...

...sweet...

 

I'm the same way with a some of the stuff on the list.

  • I don't want a boat big enough to need a dual axle trailer...
  • My ideal rod locker holds 9 ft. rods...

Mostly I want

  • Places for all the gear aboard the boat, with the exception of what I am actively using, to be stored below deck, out of my way.
  • Lots of casting deck room...front and back...call it enough room for two guys using 9' rods.
  • Double bubble, no #$%^&*@ windshield to jab me in the ribs as a walk a big musky 'round the boat.
  • A boat light enough to tow with a vehicle that gets goo MPG the 90%+ of the time I'm not towing a boat.
  • A low enough price to pay cash without twitching...

 

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Power poles, GPS an EFI and a Chevy pulling it and I'm golden! 

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After having a MG spot lock trolling motor on my last boat.... This will be a must. I will compromise on other upgrades to have this. Next boat first big upgrade will be the new MK Ultrex cable with spot lock. The ability to quickly hold location in deep water is awesome. Esp if your fishing solo and have to leave trolling motor for a few. 

 

 

 

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