Puget Sound Fish Boat

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Michael Dunn, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Micheal, this is a good one too. I personally like the enclosed cabin, as opposed to an open bow. The enclosed cabin lets ya lock up the reels, rods and downriggers. Sorry but I can't stop looking. :beathead::beathead:
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    http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/436629153.html
     
  2. Michael Dunn

    Michael Dunn New Member

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    I know. I've been eyeballing that one and emailing the gent a couple times. Trouble is I'm in the U.P. all week and not able to act on it. I can't stop looking either freind. That's about what I'm looking for though. If the motor has some life left in it I would think it's a pretty fair deal.

     
  3. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    Take it to a shop. Have the compression checked, especially on those old 2 strokers, Have the drive and seals checked. Pull the cover of the case and look for corrosion. If the heads on the bolts or screws look corroded, walk away. Ask for records, when was the last tune up? If the motor is over 5 years old, when was the last time the rubber was checked and/or replaced? Pull the spark plugs, are they a nice golden color or are they black as cole? Ask the guy to fire it up. If he doesn't have a set of earmuffs to hook up to a garden hose, walk! Does it smoke really bad after running for 5 minutes? does it stall at a low idle? Does it vibrate excessivly or sound like it is missing? Is there fresh grease on all of the hinges? Ask what brand of fuel premix he used If he doesn't know or if it is the garbage used in a weedwhacker walk. Dude a new motor is going to cost you a lot more than 5 large. Look for a refurbished used moter from a good marina or shop that will stand behind their work. Good luck man!

    Also, I forgot. If you're going to use in in the salt, you need 2 motors not one. Make sure you get a dependable kicker.
     
  4. Merch

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    I had a 15 whaler super sport with a 75 Suzuki and a 6 Suzuki and it was an awesome puget sound boat. Big enough for some rough stuff but small enough to launch off the beach if you had to. I took mine everywhere, South Sound, Port Townsend, Sekiu, Grays Harbor, you name it it did it.

    Had a 17 also but the 15 was sooo easy to manage by ones self. Wish I still had it...

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  5. Good advice above, Have it checked if you can. My other 2 cent's is, if it comes with an older 2 stroke, great, as long as it runs good. You can pick those up pretty checp if it quits. But, pick up a nice 9.9 Honda or even a 15 for a kicker, only would get a 4 stroke here. That smoke just ruins a trip sometimes with headaches.
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    Michael, Ya that is a good one. Is the U.P. upper penn?.....if so, are you fishing?
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  6. Wayne Jordan

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    I'd recommend getting an open bow boat if you intend to fly fish from it. Make the deck area as clean as possible because fly line has a bad habit of wrapping around anything and everything. Glass is pretty, but you'll cringe whenever you go over those unexpected boulders when chasing fish along the shoreline. I guided off the coast of Maine from a Lund Alaskan, and worked on a 100' boat in Key West before moving out to Seattle...

    My buddy who still guides in Maine has a Pacific Skiff. I had the chance to take it out when I went home this summer. This probably what I'll be buying when I move back to Maine in the next couple of years....
     
  7. Jeff Dodd

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    For 5K, my opinion is your best bet is a 15-16 aluminum skiff with open floor (no bench seats), a console and a 4-stroke outboard. Then ensure it has running lights, anchor with lots of rode, extinguisher, bilge pump, battery/alternator, VHF and sonar.

    These boats are light so you'll have to watch the wind and not run too far from shore, but they are tough and don't cost a lot to repower. They DO NOT ROT! Having a console makes the trip comfortable, but will cost less than a windshield and windows, etc.

    Put your money into the basic hull and a good motor. The older 2-stroke motors are the hole you throw money into the water :) and cheap for a reason. (Can you tell I'm not good at working on motors, esp. while drifting toward the main shipping chanel)

    I'm sure you are also keeping in mind weight for towing. Also storage. Don't buy a nice boat and then have the pretty cushions fade and rot in the rain. Aluminum is easy to maintain.

    My last boat was an old fiberglass boat, and while it always made the old guys long for days gone past, it just made me nervous the transome was going to fall off because a stringer was rotted somewhere I couldn't see :(
     
  8. gt

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    don't cheap out now, check out www.westportyachts.com, hire the crew and go fishin' :)


    (try the photo tour to blow yur mind.)
     
  9. hendersonbaylocal

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  10. I gotta say I love whalers and almost bought one this year. I don't know if anyone saw the 20' Boston whaler outrage with a 200 2 stroke for 8k. an unbelievable deal. granted you had to drive to Quilcence to see it and that was the reason it didn't sell in the first day, but a great boat. That said, one of the reasons I'm glad I didn't buy it is because it's exposed. The older whaler shown is small, exposed and comes with a 2 stroke, but you can't add a smaller 4 stroke kicker to it. older glass boats on a trailer, that are taken care of, won't have rot, they will most likely provide some protection from our common weather, and have the adequate gunwale and transom for down-riggers and kickers. Those are just the obvious things the others are the ability to cruise to your fishing spot with more comfort, have a place to have a porta potty (and don't laugh), and for me a place to be able to lock up those rods and reels are nice. Here is one of my qualifiers for getting a boat for fishing the sound, since I start pretty early, I want a place to close off and have an air-pot of coffee. Just one of my wishes.
    I think now is a great time to get a deal on a good used boat. Damn I wish I could buy a boat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:beathead:
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  11. Nutty Squirrel

    Nutty Squirrel Says: Smoke Salmon not Crack

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    I am seriously thinking of selling my 14' Livingston that has a oil injected 30 Yamaha 2 stroke and 2004 Yamaha 4hp 4 stroke + Shorelander trailer all in excellent condition soon. It's a very clean boat with low hours on the both engines (I will have to verify on the meter but it's under 100 on the 30hp. The kicker probably has less than 25). I have been religious about always flushing the engine throughly when I get home and washing whole boat and trailer down as well. Always coverd or garaged. The boat is very stable and seaworthy. Whaler's are great, have a great history, classic lines etc. but they are a wet ride since there is little freeboard if you are looking at a 13'-15'. If you are looking to spend 5k or less you are looking at a 13' or 15' that needs TLC. Good luck finding a Whaler in W. Washington for less than 4.5k with anything newer than a 15-20yr old Merc. A classic 17' will set you back 9-10K (used of course) & a 16' Dauntless is very nice but very pricy. A friend of mine has a new 15' Whaler and it's great but also 20K+. Duroboat's are good too and about 5K for a used boat.

    I feel my Livingston is a much dryer ride than a Whaler and more stable due to it's wide beam, freeboard and catermeran style. I use it to cross the sound to from Shilshole to Jeff Head W. Seattle to Dolphin Pt. and Tofino B.C and fishes two people very comfortably. Top speed is about 22 mph with downriggers/gear and two guys. For O.B. I would stick to a Yamaha or Honda but can't atest to newer Mercs. Johnson/Evinrude were great in their day but have heard they are not what they used to be. I have also heard that Honda parts are much more than Yamaha but I wouldn't know since the only thing I have had to change on my Yamaha is a fuel filter and sparkplugs. My asking price for Boat, Trailer both engines + anchor, bumpers, lines, fishfinder, and more would be $4700 or $3900 without the Yamaha 4hp 4 stroke. Everything is turnkey. Attached is a ok picture
     
  12. Benni

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    gotta give another thumbs up to whalers. grew up fishing on them, and recently bought a used 13 footer for the sound. it took some searching, and time but i found a newer one (2002 with 40horse merc) for under 8k, the size and the money were what i could afford. it does great around the sound, and being a whaler, i feel totally comfortable in medium swells that the sound has to offer. great open bow for casting, fishes two easily. of course i want a bigger boat, maybe some day. it would be nice to get out of the wind on occasion!! the design of the hull on whalers is made to shed water away from the boatm thus making a dry ride.
     
  13. Michael Dunn

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    Thanks for all the replies and advice fellas. This mightr be my last chance to get on line for a few days. Thanks for the boat pic. I may be interersted. Talk this weekend maybe. I am in the the UP in Michigan this week and not always able to get to a computer. Wish I was fishing but helping my wife get her Ma re-located. She lives all alone on Lake Superior and winter is coming!
     
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    13' Montauk?
     
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