Duroboat or Smokercraft Lodge

#1
Now that I'm officially retired I'm looking for a light weight do most anything boat. In the past I've had glass boats from 17 to 32 feet and a couple of aluminum sleds. With the current cost of gasoline, and no signs of ever seeing cheap gas again, I'm not interested in the least bit in welded aluminum gas guzzling sleds.
16 feet, 35/40 hp motor, galvanized trailer is what I'm looking at. I like the overall design of the Duroboat, but the Smokercraft Lodge interior layout is very fisherman friendly. a 16 will easily fit in my garage and my Nissan Titan won't even know its towing anything.
Anyone have any opinions pro or con on either boat?
 
#2
Take a hard look at the Duroboat. Last week there was a factory demo boat posted on Craigslist with casting decks front and back.
 
#3
For the money I would also look at Lund as well. They make a great product that is very comparible to the Duroboat and Smokercraft. Out of those two, I'd lean more towards Smokercraft...but I'd pick a Lund over all.
 

martyg

Active Member
#5
Tom Wolf guides out of a 16' Smokercraft. If I were looking at another boat I would seriously consider that. Great for the Sound and Neah Bayable. It does have a lot of free board, which means it gets a little blown around on a drift on a windy day.

Note on Aluminum - try to get something used or on a dealer's lot. One of my companies is heavily involved with goods made from metals. We are seeing retail prices jump 25 - 30% of stuff that is predominantly made with metal. Some brands may hold their prices, but they will most likely adjust specs and testing requirement to use light gages.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#6
Tom Wolf guides out of a 16' Smokercraft. If I were looking at another boat I would seriously consider that. Great for the Sound and Neah Bayable. It does have a lot of free board, which means it gets a little blown around on a drift on a windy day.
Patagonia Marty :), do you know which model Smoker it is that Tom uses?
 

Richard E

Active Member
#7
Now that I'm officially retired I'm looking for a light weight do most anything boat. In the past I've had glass boats from 17 to 32 feet and a couple of aluminum sleds. With the current cost of gasoline, and no signs of ever seeing cheap gas again, I'm not interested in the least bit in welded aluminum gas guzzling sleds.
16 feet, 35/40 hp motor, galvanized trailer is what I'm looking at. I like the overall design of the Duroboat, but the Smokercraft Lodge interior layout is very fisherman friendly. a 16 will easily fit in my garage and my Nissan Titan won't even know its towing anything.
Anyone have any opinions pro or con on either boat?
Lodge, just because of the floor plan.
 
#8
The Smokercraft is a riveted hull, which is more problematic in salt water as the years progress. If rivets work loose they can be replaced, but welded hulls won't be so prone to leakage. The Duroboat has a different hull structure that has been proven in salt water conditions with tough useage. Another brand to consider is Jetcraft (or Harbercraft) which has a onepiece hull form. In years past they had an open boat model, but I think that all their current models have widshields.
 
#11
another vote for the duro boat, and also the harbercraft. i have had both. of all my boats, these are the two i miss the most, and will likely purchase next. the duro in nimble and light, the harber, abit more broad/roomy, and thicker. if you want some shelter from the elements, harbercraft will have the better options.
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
#14
if you can stand a slightly smaller boat, I have a 14' G3 with a 15 hp four stroke on it.
livewell, lights, storage etc and boat/trailer package is like air behind my Dakota.
it's a wide and stable boat for its length, rated for up to 25 hp. I take it on the Sound and big lakes without getting nervous. Welded hull, diamond plate deck, Galvanized trailer.
I'm fantasizing about putting a mini jet on it...!
I have a friend who has a 16' smoker Lodge and mine's only slightly less roomy.
just a thought, if you consider going even smaller.
also G3 has a 16' boat, a bit sturdier, weighs more.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#15
if you can stand a slightly smaller boat, I have a 14' G3 with a 15 hp four stroke on it.
livewell, lights, storage etc and boat/trailer package is like air behind my Dakota.
it's a wide and stable boat for its length, rated for up to 25 hp. I take it on the Sound and big lakes without getting nervous. Welded hull, diamond plate deck, Galvanized trailer.
I'm fantasizing about putting a mini jet on it...!
I have a friend who has a 16' smoker Lodge and mine's only slightly less roomy.
just a thought, if you consider going even smaller.
also G3 has a 16' boat, a bit sturdier, weighs more.
I would love to see pics of your G3, if you have some to share! My email is [email protected] . A few years ago, before I bought my Smokercraft Alaskan 14', I was lusting for a G3. I loved their floor plan. I just couldn't get my cheap self to cough up the cash for one, and instead bought the used Alaskan (which is a very nice boat, by the way).

There are a lot of nice choices out there; Crestliner, Lund, Smokercraft, G3, Harbercraft, etc. I don't include Durboat in there because they (to my knowledge, at least) don't offer open floor plans, which is awesome for fishing and in particular fly fishing, in their boats below 16'.