Hyde DB Q's

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Joshw, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. I am looking at upgrading my current driftboat (14' woody) to one that is a little bigger and has a little more floor space/open floor plan. I found a 1997 15' Hyde low profile for sale for $3,000 - it sounds like it has been a guide boat since new. Comes w/ a trailer (galv.), sawyer oars, the front and rear deck have been replaced and coated with rhino lining, pedistol seats both front and back, appears the rower's seat is a bench, floor mount anchor system, casting braces both front and rear, and has been re-painted. The bottom sounds like it has seen a little abuse hitting rocks, some scrapes and it sounds like there have been a few cracks on the bottom that have been patched with "supermend/boat repair epoxy." Not sure what the extent of the cracks are. I am pretty unfamiliar with fiberglass boats as both of my driftboats that I have owned have been woody's. So any pointers/advice when looking at fiberglass DB's? What is Hyde's warranty? Does the warranty transfer w/ the boat?The seller is supposed to be sending me over some pictures early this afternoon.

    Thanks, Josh
  2. I dont think the warranty transfers to you. for 400 bucks you can have the bottom refinished and they do an amazing job, looks brand new. i would just make sure that you are only doing small water in that boat. the hyde lo-pro's are very low. i think most of the montana stuff youd be fine, but definately not a big water boat.
  3. Yeah I checked on the warranty and it is only good to the original owner of the boat. I don't have any plans to do "big" Pacific NW water mainly will be sticking with the rivers here in SW Montana...Upper/Lower Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Stillwater.
  4. It's been a guide boat for ten years? If so, look it over thoroughly because it's most likely going to be thrashed.

    What rivers was the boat used on most of the time? If it was the Upper Mad, the chines and bottom are going to be hammered. Figure this boat was used 100x's per year for 10 years = 1000 trips. $3,000 for a 10-year-old guide boat sounds a tad high to me.

    What’s your spending limit? I may have a good lead for you on a 2-year-old 16’ LP Clacka in Bozeman.
  5. You ought to talk with Robert over at Ro Boats right there in Bozeman, I just bought a Skiff from him in December and he treated me kindly. Mike in Missoula
  6. i have to agree with wet wade...... guide boats, even if cared for ....... are "high milage" and thus you really need to make sure it is a gem. I'd check with matt at hyde - they have a good selection of used boats and you can ask about the warranty stuff. You might check into getting a G4 bottom put on that boat you are lookin at. http://www.hydeoutdoors.com/boats/used/

    also, don't forget to check the trailer out before you pay up!
  7. I bought a '99 clacka low profile in 2003 that was a guide boat and oh was it beat to hell. Im not saying all guide boats will be but i paid what you are thinking about paying and that was from clackacraft (so i got a brand new trailer and oars with it). I spent the winter refurbishing it, but a lot of the damage couldnt have been fixed even by clacka. I put in probably 75 floats on it over two years and ended up selling it for more than i paid for it but then again i probably put 40-50 hours of work on it, but now days you can do that for 400 bucks as people have said. Just make sure you look it over real good and if you can afford it spend another $1000-1500 more and you will get a lot better boat. And just to add those low profile boats are perfect for all the rivers in the bozeman area except the yellowstone at high flows (above 7500 cfs)and i even took mine down some of the olympic peninsula rivers and did fine. Good luck
  8. A little follow up on the boat as I have recieved some more info and pics of the boat. I am going to take a look at it tomorrow to see it up close...both front/rear decks have been replaced, boat has a 1 year old coat of fresh exterior paint. It was only a guide boat the past two years and before that a gentlemen owned it and used it for personal use on the Bighorn. Last year it only saw about 30 trips as the guide opted for his raft as the flows were low on the Missoula area rivers. The interior and exterior of look sharp. So we'll see what it looks like up close and what condition the trailer is in. I dropped you a PM Wet Wade.

    Thanks for the tips,

  9. is it the hyde in kingfishers parking lot? if not you should check that one out as well while ur up here. sweet looking boat for sure.

  10. Yep...that's the one.
  11. The boat turned out to be really good shape! Chines were intact, bottom was good and the trailer was solid. I talked him down in price and pulled the trigger...below are some pics of the new ride! :beer2: Now if it would just warm up and stop snowing!

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