Any advice on drift boats?

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  1. JB

    JB New Member

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    I am looking tp purchase my first drift boat (15 or 16' fiberglass) to fish the Yakima and/or similar waters. Does anyone have an idea on what I should expect to pay for a used boat in good condition? Other advice? Thanks!

    JB
     
  2. Chris Scoones

    Chris Scoones Administrator Staff Member

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    With all the bells and whistles... Oh, I'd say about $4900 firm. ;)

    [link:www.washingtonflyfishing.com/htdocs/dcforum/DCForumID52/4.html|ClackaCraft 16 ft. Fly fishing driftboat for sale]
     
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    http://www.boattraderonline.com/
    i just went to boat trader online and found drift boats in washington and oregon fairly cheap.

    Elma, WA $3,500.00
    1998 ALUMAWELD DRIFT BOAT , 16' 1998 Alumaweld drift boat,Galv trailer,oars,anchor,seats,rod holders. like new 3,500 360-482-3547 (360)482-3763

    Federal Way, WA $2,000.00
    1985 ALUMAWELD DRIFT BOAT drift boat, 16' Front compartment seat, fish-on seats on tracks, oars, anchor, trailer rewired. Ready to fish. (253)661-5892

    http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/0/0/23345700.htm
    this isnt a bad deal either if youre short on spending cash for a good newer drift boat.

    i hope these links and adds help you get an idea. good luck finding a boat
     
  4. rockfish

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    I have seen them at tackle shops on the bulletin board for $ 2,000. in really good shape. they dont have a motor, can't see paying that much for a used one. Me I'm looking for a 17 or 18 foot open aluminum with a rough going bow. Hard to come by for those. Ben
     
  5. ray helaers

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    I was wearing your exact shoes about six years ago. I learned that used aluminum boats (especially in my price range) were a lot easier to come by than fiberglass. I stuck to my guns and eventually found a 10-year-old lavro outfitters dory on a trailer for $2800 (came with a nice little outboard to boot!). It took me months to find it and I wound up having to drive all the way from Seattle to Corvalis to get it.

    It was a screaming deal, even for the time, and six years hence, boats are undoudtedly more. They're also nicer, with more and smarter features.

    Here's my advice. Don't be too doctrinaire about fiberglass. It turns out a lot of aluminum boats are perfectly nice. And I have to say that for eastern Washington, the rolled gunwales on most fiberglass boats (mine included) can be a hassle in the wind. (Hydes and some other newer models don't have rolled gunnels.)

    Whatever you get, look for these minimum features in a boat, if you want it to be suitable for fly fishing. 1) the seats (at least the rowers seat) should be adjustable fore and aft to balance loads for when you have three people in the boat (with corresponding adjustibility for the oar locks and foot brace). 2) at least some dry storage somewhere. 3) a good anchor system that lets you drop and raise the hook from the rowers seat without having to turn around. 4) knee-chocks forward for a standing caster (not only good for the caster's stability, but gives him a guide for centering-up, which you'll constantly be reminding him to do -- a tipped boat is hard to row).

    Here's some gravy features: swivel-seats fore and/or aft; a back rest for the rowers seat; a bow-anchor for lake fishing; casting decks fore and/or aft; knee-chocks behind the rowers seat for an aft caster; cup-holders throughout; a propane heater (for steelheading).

    Oh yeah, and keep your eye on the Oregon papers.
     
  6. XstreamAngler

    XstreamAngler ...has several mistresses.

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    Well, I have Bias, being a Hyde PS'r I am going to encourage you to a Hyde! $4,900 delivered. :THUMBSUP
     
  7. Coho

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    Hi JB:

    Ray gave good advice on the drift boat. One thing I would add that is important is the set-up of the boat seats. My Hyde drift boat has a bench seat forward for two people and a single pedestal seat in the rear. I picked the bench seat forward (as opposed to the pedestal seat) because I occasionally will pull plugs for SH in the winter, and because it gives me more seating when I take my kids with me.

    A lot of aluminum boats do not have a rear seat (e.g. Willie Boats) which might limit their effectiveness for flyfishing.

    I am very happy with my Hyde, and I would recommend them highly. it is a great boat and the Hyde people are very nice folks.

    I am on Hyde's Pro-Staff team, and I would be happy to hook you up with their used boat program, or get you more general drift boat information.

    You will have a lot of fun - drift boats are an absolute kick to fish out of! E-mail me if you want more specific information.

    Coho
     

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