Drift Boat Age

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by A.A., Nov 13, 2016.

  1. MT_Flyfisher

    MT_Flyfisher Active Member

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    Normally, a car dealer isn't going to let you take a car for a test drive without the sales person going with you, and you're going to need a driver's license to drive it. If I was selling my used boat, and a prospective buyer asked me to test it out on the river, I would agree if I went with him, and I'd want to make sure he was experienced before putting the oars in his hands.

    It may not be as easy and practical in some instances to take a used drift boat for a test ride as it to take a car, and I agree that a prospective buyer should not be offended if he isn't permitted by the seller to take the boat out to test, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

    This past summer I was looking for a new drift boat and had offers by a couple boat manufactures to take one of their used boats out for a day to see how I liked the model. Granted, this was at manufacturers, and not private sellers, but unless you are already familiar with the boat or that specific model, I think testing it out before buying is something a person should try to do.
     
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  2. Bjorn

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    This is what a 30 year old drift looks like....................aluminum should last way longer!
     
  3. nomlasder

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    Boats without character have no soul
     

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  4. River Pig

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    That thing would look a lot cooler with some diamond-plate.
     
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    My pops has been rockin the same clackacraft fiberglass boat since 1981 or so & it fishes fine.
     
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    So what gives plywood more "character" than aluminum?
     
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    if a boat needs character to have a soul, mine has more than a Motown's Greatest Hits Album. 1971 Alumaweld still floating no leaks. A very very fishy boat
     
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  8. Bjorn

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    That's beautiful! Just look at those dents and scrapes-and the backdrop! Now if that were wood.........................:)
     
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    If it was wood those dents wood be holes or patches. Smith River trip 2014. It is beautiful place.
     
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  10. Bjorn

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    Gotta' give you that one! I have the holes and patches you speak of, and carry a repair kit for that very reason.
     
  11. A.A.

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    Anyone know what a fair discount from MSRP would be when buying a new drift boat? Stuff adds up pretty fast when filling out that sheet for a new Willie. When I piece together a 17' 54" fly fishing Willie the MSRP comes out to about 14,000!
     
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  12. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Crazy that you can buy a new car for less than a aluminum bucket.
     
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  13. bk paige

    bk paige Wishin I was on the Sauk

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    You can find killer deals on used aluminium DB for 3,000-4,000 and cheaper sometimes that will still last decades
     
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  14. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy sans caféine

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    If you are going to get new, get a clackamax and this comes from an aluminum junky.
     
  15. A.A.

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    Ordering the Willie this week. Thoughts on a 6" cut down bow? And full level floors vs front and rear level floors?