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    Default Need input on boats

    Getting in the market for a 17-18' fishing /family boat. 90% of fishing will be on Lake Moultrie. Will plan to shrimp in it as well. Disadvantages of an aluminum versus fiberglass? Not really caring about top end speed, just need to be able to get off lake when those summer storms blow up. Currently have a 14 ft Hi Tide Super V but I need more room. Any inputs?

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    Aluminum? They are a rough ride in small waves. Aluminum boats don't fare well hitting oyster bars either as they can get holes torn in them pretty easily. If I was going to get a boat for Moultrie and saltwater it would be fiberglass.
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    Like a carolina skiff? Any suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBhntr View Post
    Like a carolina skiff? Any suggestions
    Carolina Skiffs ( flat bottoms ) are a pretty rough ride too. Something with a V hull would be my choice, for a better ride in 2+ foot waves.
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    Skiffs are a huge pain in the chop but they are awesome for fishing shallow water and just an overall boat. Just know that you will cuss a lot with a 2' chop.


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    Thanks for the insight

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    There right,,,,I would stay away from the Carolina Skiffs.

    Have you looked at Sea Pro?
    I ran charters out of one (21' Bay Boat) for 15 years. I would buy another.....
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    I have been out in a 17ft Key west on lake and was impressed. Wasn't sure how that would do if I was to use it shrimping? Neighbor has a 19ft SeaPro he brings up to lake. Nice boat but he can't keep the Yamaha on it running

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    I've been on a friends Key West 1720 and that's a good little boat and layout for what you are describing. He has a 90 Yamaha four stroke on his and it does really good on fuel and pushes it up into the high 30's. There's usually a decent number of them for sale too.

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    The 1720 Key West center console is a good boat with a Yamaha on it.

    You should be able to find a good used one too.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBhntr View Post
    I have been out in a 17ft Key west on lake and was impressed. Wasn't sure how that would do if I was to use it shrimping? Neighbor has a 19ft SeaPro he brings up to lake. Nice boat but he can't keep the Yamaha on it running
    You won't find anything negative about the Yamaha 4 strokes. It's worth buying a Yamaha for resale alone.


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    Yes I was really surprised he has had so much issue with this motor. It is a 2014 115 Yamaha and it has not run on at least 6 occasions this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBhntr View Post
    Yes I was really surprised he has had so much issue with this motor. It is a 2014 115 Yamaha and it has not run on at least 6 occasions this summer.
    I wonder if he is using gas with ethanol has in it. If that stuff sits up for prolonged periods it can cause all sorts of fuel issues.
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    I owned three Yamaha outboards. All 2 cycle and all were bulletproof. Many of the charters boats I have chartered that use outboard use Yamaha 4 stroke and all said good things. I nearly doubled my fuel mileage with the Yamaha vs Johnson outboards. Personally I wouldn’t buy anything other than a Yamaha. Had the same performance with Yamaha ATV’s also and owned three of them. BUT I am sure there are lemons in all manufacturers engines. When you have continued problems with an outboard it is disheartening and time for a new engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBhntr View Post
    Yes I was really surprised he has had so much issue with this motor. It is a 2014 115 Yamaha and it has not run on at least 6 occasions this summer.
    Cant remember what years were affected by this, but at one time Yamaha was having issues with the harmonic balancer and corrosion. I don't know if that's your friend's issue with his motor, but there was a pretty good discussion thread on Charleston Fishing forum regarding those issues.

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    Look at what all the saltwater charter captains are using to make there money with......Yamaha.

    I wouldn't buy anything else.....

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    Check out "Lowcountry Boats", I had one custom built for the same price as a standard riveted boat. They use 1/8" aluminum, all welded and they have a semi V now. I have hammered mine over the past 18months and it is flawless.

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    Checked them out. Those are nice looking boats Gotlabs. Seem tailored for the duck hunter and crossover to bassing. Not priced to bad either.
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