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I’ve run a Lund pro v 1900 and now run a Smokercraft pro mag ( deep v) quite a bit on Georgian Bay. When you’re on the “outside”, which is the main part of the bay out from all the islands/shoals, it can get snarly. I’ve trolled in 12’ rollers that when you drop to the bottom of the trough, you’re literally in a huge bowl of water. My boat has a deep enough front that it cuts the smaller stuff and it just climbs over the larger ones. I couldn’t imagine ever trying to head out there with any sort of bass style hull, either aluminum or glass. Used to see lots of guys spearing waves on Simcoe with larger bass boats while I cruised along nice and dry in the Lund. Most boats are built for certain conditions, doesn’t mean you can’t use them in non optimum conditions, just gotta use common sense and drive a bit different. 

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9 hours ago, PECo said:

My ideal bass boat would have an aluminum hull in the shape of a good fiberglass bass boat hull. I like aluminum, because I think it has better characteristics for the way I use a boat. In other words, I tend to hit stuff. :blink:

 

Nailed it...

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3 hours ago, Catt said:

Yea I've heard all the talk about the Great Lakes & how rough they get & they do!

 

But none of y'all don't deal with boat lanes!

 

Every video shows the boat hitting the waves at the optimal angle something you can not do in boat lanes. 

 

This is what's under the surface of Toledo Bend, see that little green dot on top of the white pole? That's a buoy marker in the center of a boat lane running left to right in the picture. At normal water level those stumps are about even with your lower unit!

 

You stuck hitting waves at whatever angle the boat lanes run!

 

I welcome you to come visit the Fox Chain of Lakes in Northern IL, my home water. Busiest inland waterway per acrew in the United States. With areas nicknamed The Washtub, and Suicide Alley, navigation can be a bit hairy at times. The Washtub is a stretch of river a number of miles long that may be 50 yards wide at it's narrowest and 100 yards or so at its widest. No speed limits or size restrictions. Most of the shoreline is steel seawalls. Waves have nowhere to go but back and forth every which way. It's real easy to get stuck in a boat wake while "staying with traffic"

While not a typical weekend, the traffic here is insane from Memorial weekend to Labor Day

 

 

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5 hours ago, punch said:

Surprised nobody has posted these yet..  

 

 

 

For $32K...seems like it's well more than "affordable".

 

I like it.

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16 minutes ago, slonezp said:

I welcome you to come visit the Fox Chain of Lakes in Northern IL, my home water. Busiest inland waterway per acrew in the United States. With areas nicknamed The Washtub, and Suicide Alley, navigation can be a bit hairy at times. The Washtub is a stretch of river a number of miles long that may be 50 yards wide at it's narrowest and 100 yards or so at its widest. No speed limits or size restrictions. Most of the shoreline is steel seawalls. Waves have nowhere to go but back and forth every which way. It's real easy to get stuck in a boat wake while "staying with traffic"

While not a typical weekend, the traffic here is insane from Memorial weekend to Labor Day

 

 

I'm pretty sure that if I had to deal with that kind of traffic again...I wouldn't fish.

 

I grew up just over the border in Wisconsin's "Southern Lakes" area...Lake Geneva, Delavan, Lauderdale Lakes...In the latter part of my teens and early 20s, we lived on Lauderdale Lakes...it's part of why I quit fishing back then...

 

Having to get up at zero-dark-thirty to get even a sliver of something resembling peace and quiet...and you hadd be off the lake by 9:00 if you didn't want to risk getting run over by some knuckle dragging cretin enjoying his third post-breakfast beer while driving his Water Camaro way-the-heck-too-close to fishermen.

 

I chipped more than one shiny fiberglass hull with a 1 oz. Daredevel...Not worth it.

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36 minutes ago, Further North said:

I'm pretty sure that if I had to deal with that kind of traffic again...I wouldn't fish.

 

I grew up just over the border in Wisconsin's "Southern Lakes" area...Lake Geneva, Delavan, Lauderdale Lakes...In the latter part of my teens and early 20s, we lived on Lauderdale Lakes...it's part of why I quit fishing back then...

 

Having to get up at zero-dark-thirty to get even a sliver of something resembling peace and quiet...and you hadd be off the lake by 9:00 if you didn't want to risk getting run over by some knuckle dragging cretin enjoying his third post-breakfast beer while driving his Water Camaro way-the-heck-too-close to fishermen.

 

I chipped more than one shiny fiberglass hull with a 1 oz. Daredevel...Not worth it.

When I fish that stretch of river on the weekends, I head back up north no later than 11am. It's downright dangerous during a summer afternoon.

Those videos show the boats travelling in one direction for the run. It's even worse on a normal summer weekend when you have boats running both north and south.

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2 minutes ago, slonezp said:

When I fish that stretch of river on the weekends, I head back up north no later than 11am. It's downright dangerous during a summer afternoon.

Those videos show the boats travelling in one direction for the run. It's even worse on a normal summer weekend when you have boats running both north and south.

THere's entire days when I don't see as many boat as in that few minutes of video...

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@slonezp  Boat lanes are 30-40' wide, that's all the room you have to adjust to waves. Most boat lanes follow river/creek channels which means they aint running north/south or east/west.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Further North said:

THere's entire days when I don't see as many boat as in that few minutes of video...

I know. I spend time fishing Lake Wisconsin every year. Same acreage as the Fox Chain. If the walleye or whites aren't running, I might see 40 or 50 boats all day. 

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Apparently Sea Ark released a boat as well.  This is somewhere around $40K w/ 200hp.  It's a stepped hull, similar to Xpress' Hyperlift.  Looks pretty nice.

 

http://seaarkboats.com/boat_models/view/123

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15 hours ago, slonezp said:

I know. I spend time fishing Lake Wisconsin every year. Same acreage as the Fox Chain. If the walleye or whites aren't running, I might see 40 or 50 boats all day. 

If it helps any, you're welcome here any time...

4 hours ago, J Francho said:

Apparently Sea Ark released a boat as well.  This is somewhere around $40K w/ 200hp.  It's a stepped hull, similar to Xpress' Hyperlift.  Looks pretty nice.

 

http://seaarkboats.com/boat_models/view/123

Cool! I've never seen a Sea Ark that could be considered fragile.

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On 3/21/2018 at 4:09 PM, punch said:

Surprised nobody has posted these yet..  

 

 

I have yet to see a good picture of the underneath of bow front? From pictures/videos I've seen so far, it doesn't look like it has much of a "V" up front..........hard to tell...??? 

 

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What is "fiberglass infused aluminum"?  Is it more than just advertising jargon?

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2 hours ago, Fishing Rhino said:

What is "fiberglass infused aluminum"?  Is it more than just advertising jargon?

Almost sounds like some sort of health shake. 

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"Fiberglass infused" refers to an aluminum hull and deck with a fiberglass console, fully finished fiberglass storage boxes under each storage door, a fiberglass recessed trolling motor pedal box with tool holders etc. If you watch and listen to the videos posted above the answer is obvious. It is not some new age creation, it is a nice mixing of each material in order to elevate the final product beyond the ordinary aluminum bass boat.   The storage boxes, livewells, battery compartment and such are nicely finished, just like the Ranger fiberglass boats were always done.

I have not seen one in person yet, but from what I have seen so far I am impressed by where they are headed.

 

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