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Chris05
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:33 AM 06/26/11 (CST)
Hi all,

Starting to search for my first used fishing boat, 14-16 ft aluminum.

It will be mainly for myself and wife to fish for walleye, panfish
in the brainerd lakes area, which has both large and small lakes.

We do want to be able to have 2 guests occassionaly, so
the 16 ft has been recommended over the 14 ft, as it will handle
better on bigger lakes and carry 4 people.

Do you agree or will a 14 ft boat, meet our needs?

Reason I ask is that 14 ft boats are more available for sale.

Thanks,
Chris05
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:54 AM 06/26/11 (CST)
Hi Chris05,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!

A 14' is pretty small for 4 people. A lot of what you buy is going to be dertimined by the lake(s) you plan on fishing. I wouldn't even take a 16' out on Mille Lacs. But I assume you are talking about regular fishing on an average sized lake. There is more to consider then just "can I fit that many people in a boat?" I would also look at the comfort level of having that many people in a boat. I have a 17.5 deep hull that seats 8 people, but I don't think I would ever try fishing with that many people in the boat. In fact, the most comfortable fishing for me is 3 in the boat and removing 2 of the seats. There's a lot of room with multiple points on the compass to fish. 4 people is okay, but we start to bump into each other and it gets a bit harder if you are moving or backtrolling. 5 people gets even a bit more chaotic and at that point, I may just play captain and let the others fish. Any more then that, and it can get down right crazy.

So I would have to say that if you are planning on just hitting a spot and anchoring, a 16' would do you just fine.

Just my opinion, dontchyaknow..



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:56 PM 06/26/11 (CST)
I have a 16 foot lund with the high sides. Works well with 3 not so much with 4 but it is possible to pull off. Works decent on bigger water unlike the low side but a windy day on mille lacs will send me running. A 14 shallow is way too small especially when you throw in three people and gear a small whitecap will put water in the boat. Plus I can still pull it with my car and take three or four trips before I need fuel. Not a big price differance either.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:44 AM 06/27/11 (CST)
Hey Chris05 - WELCOME to MFP.com!

I would agree with WD and Neal. 14' for 4 people, plus fishing gear, plus gas, plus a cooler, plus a battery, plus PFDs etc, leaves you with very little room to actually fish and a potentially unsafe situation in bigger waters. My aluminum is 16. I haven't tried it, but I know 4 people would be tight.

If you can wait it out, there's usually a lot more boats for sale in the Fall.






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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:21 PM 06/29/11 (CST)
hi guys,

thanks for input.

Would you consider a 13 ft boston whaler with a 25hp evinrude
and shorelander trailer appropriate to my needs?

chris05


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:45 PM 06/30/11 (CST)
Here's a pic of a 13' Whaler with a 25hp motor.



My advice is to go see any boat you're interested in and get in it. You'll have a much better idea of what a 13-16 footer would feel like with 4 adults. But don't hesitate to keep asking questions here Chris05! wink smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:40 PM 06/30/11 (CST)
Hey,

I got a boat today after testing driving and spending a good bit of
time talking over the details of the boat with owner.

16ft alumacraft with 25hp evinrude, galvanized trailer plus bunch of accessories. Just need to add a fish finder and am ready to go.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:55 AM 07/01/11 (CST)
There you go! Enjoy your new ride Chris05.




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