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Getting my first boat! What to look for?

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So I finally decided to get my first boat. We have a big boat show coming up next year around end of February early March.  Many  good deals and low rates bc everyone is competeting with one another.  I was wondering why to look for or what to look out for.  Suggestions , tips , I have always been. Fan of Lund.  I like the newer adventure series style but will look at anything. Price range is around 21,000$. It isn’t that far away but seems so long

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If you're a sucker for quality, Lund is hard to beat (opinion). Not saying there aren't other quality boats out there, and ones that might offer more features for the dollar. But in your decision making process, consider what sort of buyer you are, not just what sort of category the boat is in. Unless you're made of money, once you buy it, it's pretty much a done deal that you live with. Take your time and do plenty of research.

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In your price range, a used boat will get you a lot more for your money. Make sure you have a place to store it and the space is big enough for the boat and trailer to fit. Allow money for all the accessories you’ll need like life jackets, anchors, trolling motors, depth finders. Make sure your tow vehicle is big enough to pull it. Think about what kind of fishing you’ll be doing and where you will do it. Do you want a tiller or console? Do you plan on using live bait where a built in bait well will be needed? Will you need a live well for tournament fishing? Are you planning on leaving a lot of gear in the boat all the time and need lots of storage? Front and back casting decks? Lots of decisions to make. 

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15 minutes ago, Scott F said:

In your price range, a used boat will get you a lot more for your money. Make sure you have a place to store it and the space is big enough for the boat and trailer to fit. Allow money for all the accessories you’ll need like life jackets, anchors, trolling motors, depth finders. Make sure your tow vehicle is big enough to pull it. Think about what kind of fishing you’ll be doing and where you will do it. Do you want a tiller or console? Do you plan on using live bait where a built in bait well will be needed? Will you need a live well for tournament fishing? Are you planning on leaving a lot of gear in the boat all the time and need lots of storage? Front and back casting decks? Lots of decisions to make. 

Pretty made up on most. I want a side console , I don’t do any tourney fishing but would consider a small Livewell   I live 5 minutes from Lake Erie so I will be out there fishing for huge smallies.  Front deck yes back is not much needed. I know a deep v for sure. And I have a friend who can store it for 200$ all winter otherwise I put it in the boat slip on Lake Erie.  Oh and I own a 2013 Chevy Silverado LT. the 5.3 

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2 minutes ago, Ksam1234 said:

Pretty made up on most. I want a side console , I don’t do any tourney fishing but would consider a small Livewell   I live 5 minutes from Lake Erie so I will be out there fishing for huge smallies.  Front deck yes back is not much needed. I know a deep v for sure. And I have a friend who can store it for 200$ all winter otherwise I put it in the boat slip on Lake Erie.  Oh and I own a 2013 Chevy Silverado LT. the 5.3 

How big a boat are you thinking about?

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Make sure you get enough trailer for the boat. I see a lot of boat show setups with tiny trailers. I'm sure it's a cost thing, but three feet of unsupported boat and outboard is not good.

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22 minutes ago, Scott F said:

How big a boat are you thinking about?

Like a 18 ft boat. 

11 minutes ago, PourMyOwn said:

Make sure you get enough trailer for the boat. I see a lot of boat show setups with tiny trailers. I'm sure it's a cost thing, but three feet of unsupported boat and outboard is not good.

I would have never known that! Thank you

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The location proximity of the dealer and service shop is something to consider too. It would get real old if you had to bring it in for warranty service when it was 3 hours away.

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A deep V probably handles a bit better but I have an 18’ Nitro and Lake St Clare gets pretty crazy with wind over 12mph. I would double check with someone that has a similar size boat that fished Erie just in case if you haven’t already. 

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11 hours ago, Ksam1234 said:

And I have a friend who can store it for 200$ all winter otherwise I put it in the boat slip on Lake Erie.

Two words: auto bilge.

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24 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Two words: auto bilge.

What is that hahha ... sorry I’m completely new 

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If you leave your boat in a slip, you'll want to the bilge pump to kick on when water gets in the hull.

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On 9/4/2019 at 7:35 PM, Ksam1234 said:

otherwise I put it in the boat slip on Lake Erie.  Oh and I own a 2013 Chevy Silverado LT. the 5.3 

 

That boat slip have electrical outlet for charging your trolling motor batteries? Most boat slips do not. I am not sure on how well solar chargers work.

 

Cover for your boat at the slip - keeps alot of water off and the sun doesn't fade your interior as much and no one wants to sit on a wet seat (or wipe it off)

 

Your center console is a walkthrough with windshield?

 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, HenryPF said:

 

That boat slip have electrical outlet for charging your trolling motor batteries? Most boat slips do not. I am not sure on how well solar chargers work.

 

Cover for your boat at the slip - keeps alot of water off and the sun doesn't fade your interior as much and no one wants to sit on a wet seat (or wipe it off)

 

Your center console is a walkthrough with windshield?

 

 

 

 

Yes our do have plugs to charge or plug things in! Lights or Whatver 

21 minutes ago, HenryPF said:

 

That boat slip have electrical outlet for charging your trolling motor batteries? Most boat slips do not. I am not sure on how well solar chargers work.

 

Cover for your boat at the slip - keeps alot of water off and the sun doesn't fade your interior as much and no one wants to sit on a wet seat (or wipe it off)

 

Your center console is a walkthrough with windshield?

 

 

 

 

And I don’t want a walkthrew no. I want side console so it’s all open.  

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This seems like a pretty sweet deal on a very Stout rig  . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

This seems like a pretty sweet deal on a very Stout rig  . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

Little out of my price range 

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