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#3267431 - 06/13/13 12:37 PM Boat options ????????
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I am letting this get to me way too much. \:D

Just weighing all my options and seeing what I might do.
Option 1 is spend about $300.00 and get my 1985 35 hp mercury outboard fixed and rock on.

Option 2 is spend about $4,000.00 and put a new 30 hp 4 stroke outboard on it.

Option 3 is spend way too much and buy a different boat. \:D

I really like this one:
http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores...eAheadSearchCmd

Tracker Super Guide V-16 SC.
I looked at the tiller handle model and it is higher than the console one????

This is basically the same boat I have now only alot newer and with a console.

After using it I am pretty sure I prefer the V bottom style boats.

Bass Tracker, Triton, G3.... dunno what all the other ones offer?

Maybe I can find a used one but I hate spending that kind of money on something I ain't sure of what I am getting, plus most used ones I have found are within $1,000 of the price of a new one.

Maybe someone on here has a good one for sale.... cheap. \:D
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#3267433 - 06/13/13 12:43 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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I can tell you from experience a used boat will almost always find a way for you to spend money on it. My next boat will be a brand new one with a full warranty.
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#3267440 - 06/13/13 12:53 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Kirk]
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That has been my experience so far Kirk. \:\(
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#3267458 - 06/13/13 01:11 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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Unless you know the previous owner and how a boat was taken care of, new with warranty is the way to go!!!
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#3267477 - 06/13/13 01:25 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Winchester]
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Fix your motor lol. But if you do buy a boat buy it in the winter you get a better price.
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#3267481 - 06/13/13 01:28 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: tophat]
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Option #1
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#3267504 - 06/13/13 01:50 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Woodson223]
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Fix the one you have, if you buy another one eventually it will need fixed to!
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#3267556 - 06/13/13 03:03 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: CATCHDAWG]
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personally I would try to buy a new one or close to new as possible I think in the long run it will save you money. but that just me. also got to think about getting money back out of your boat when you decide to sell it. put to much into it you'll never get it back out or even close lots of factors. my ne worth just getting a new motor. though if the over all boat is in good shape.
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#3267558 - 06/13/13 03:07 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: deerhunter10]
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Nothing wrong with a used boat, just know what to look for or have a knowing person help you.

You are more than welcome to fish out of my G3 and see if you like it.
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#3267590 - 06/13/13 04:09 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Headhunter]
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Hey Ruger. I thought I saw you in a new boat....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dlAZ9L4d0
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#3267603 - 06/13/13 04:23 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Bass Tracker, Triton, G3.... dunno what all the other ones offer?


I have owned all 3. Bought in the same order you have listed. Bought'em all new.
I don't really think you could go wrong with any of them. My tracker was nice, but did'nt fit my needs. The Triton was THE toughest boat I have ever saw. Thats boat caught pure hell. I bought it for duck hunting and showed it no mercy! From flooded timber to oyster beds in coastal NC. It was a very well built boat! Then my focus switched to bowfishing and i needed a bigger boat, so I got a 2072 G3 and still use and abuse it. Its been a very good boat! I wanted to go back with a triton but the G3 has really deep sides and had more storage, so I went with it. I'm really hard on equipment and i don't buy stuff to baby it. I love my G3, but still though, I give the slight edge to the Triton aluminum, but thats just my opinion.
I've always just bought new because then, I knew exactly what I was getting and had warranties, etc.....But there's also some very good used boats out there for good deals! All comes down to personal preference,


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#3267619 - 06/13/13 04:50 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: AllOutdoors]
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A good fishing boat is like a good woman! A man needs the best he can afford!
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#3267636 - 06/13/13 05:24 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Slaughter-06]
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 Originally Posted By: Slaughter-06
A good fishing boat is like a good woman! A man needs the best he can afford!




Can't afford a boat as good as my woman!!
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#3267717 - 06/13/13 07:00 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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If you're happy fishing in the boat you have now, fix it and keep on fishing.It may not be "exactly" what you want but you can always add the little things to get it pretty close.This is why I don't have a boat any more, bought one on a whim thinking it was what I was looking for but the more I fished out of it, the more I found its short comings, to the point I'd rather fish from the bank than take the boat.I will have another one soon only because I know the exact boat I want, it has everything I want and would use and is set up just like I would want it to be.I've fished out of it countless times and have caught tons of fish out of it and as soon as my friend that owns it will sell it to me and buy him a new one, it will be mine.
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#3267755 - 06/13/13 07:58 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: AllOutdoors]
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Option 4 Go to the ramp and find a boat you like. Watch him launch boat. Let air out of trailer tire. Wait....with air compressor. . Man comes back and o crap a flat tire. Save the day and air tire. New best friend and free boat. I'm thinking about selling mine now that I came up with this plan.
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#3267768 - 06/13/13 08:12 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: paincave_2000]
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If it was me, spend what would be the equivalent of a couple of payments on a new rig getting the current one where it needs to be. Spend a couple more and install a side console and controls if you want to get it just the way you want it. Lots left for other toys then.
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#3267813 - 06/13/13 09:27 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: TNRazorback]
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option one IMO
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#3267815 - 06/13/13 09:28 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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id take you out in the triton but you would be ruined


just ask crappie luck
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#3268687 - 06/15/13 08:52 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I have to say that I like the new option. I bought a 18.5 ft sea ark and love it but I didn't look at everything first. Now to put my boat the way I want I would be better off buying a new one again! I really like the lay out of the triton aluminums the best. My problem with the tracker that I used to have was the lack of storage and the live well was to small on every single one I looked at.
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#3268724 - 06/15/13 10:04 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: hunter0925]
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Fix the old one or buy a used one. deals are out there to be had if you can look around and wait on one. go with option 1 then watch and wait for the good deal on a used one you like for thousands less than new.

Today I put my boat in the water for the first time this year. 16' Stratos 50hp that I bought from Tophat in 2010 I think and he bought it from another guy on here I think. Its a great boat.
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#3268727 - 06/15/13 10:15 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: 8up]
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Buy mine and be done with it. \:\) I have babied that thing.
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#3268763 - 06/16/13 01:09 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: chunkandwind]
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#3268828 - 06/16/13 08:26 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: rem270]
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hunter0925,
Most Trackers I have looked at the storage and layout is what I like best about them.
My big issue (deal breaker for me) with all the mod v trackers is how low they sit in the water.
Just don't care for the water to be so close to the top edge of the boat.
I like the v bottom ones though.
The SuperGuide I am looking at has a 15 gallon live well. Has a removable bait bucket too. Whatever that is. \:D


chunkandwind,
You makin it hard on a brotha \:D
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#3268845 - 06/16/13 08:47 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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I sold my perfectly fine jon boat that was just to small for a growing family and bought new.....sort of. It is a model end close out and I got a heck of a deal on it. I threw out an offer and they said sure. Many boat dealers right now are trying to get rid of their old stock for the new boats coming in. Go to a dealer and just give out an offer. I asked for $5000 below NADA retail and they said "Sure, we can sell it to you for that price". I can't find one of these boats anywhere for the price I paid. Most are $5000 and higher for the same set up brand new.
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#3269085 - 06/16/13 06:26 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
hunter0925,
Most Trackers I have looked at the storage and layout is what I like best about them.
My big issue (deal breaker for me) with all the mod v trackers is how low they sit in the water.
Just don't care for the water to be so close to the top edge of the boat.
I like the v bottom ones though.
The SuperGuide I am looking at has a 15 gallon live well. Has a removable bait bucket too. Whatever that is. \:D

I just know that when I put one bass in my live well (when I had my Tracker) that it was full. Putting more fish in would have resulted in dead fish. The live well would be fine for bream/crappie but a bit small if going for bass or catfish. JMO


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#3269362 - 06/17/13 08:07 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: hunter0925]
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I really like my boat and the way it is laid out. It is also easy to duck hunt from. Will be replacing one depthfinder with a humminbird 798 this week. It will go almost 4 mph with just he trolling motor. It also is as stable as a fiberglass boat in the water, nothing like the trackers I have seen that lean so much.



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#3269373 - 06/17/13 08:24 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Headhunter]
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Looks good man.
I found a G3 dealer in Union City.
I am gonna swing by there and check a few out hopefully this week.
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#3269496 - 06/17/13 11:09 AM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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I did most all work myself, installing depthfinders, stereo (speakers are hid now), blue led in livewell, dualpro 3 bank charger, trolling motor, drop tray for foot pedal (had to reinforce deck under seat base), camo mat, vt-2 livewell vents, auto bilge pump switch, command link, front trim switch among other things I modified. love the mat, it is soft and stays fairly cool.
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#3269543 - 06/17/13 12:04 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
Looks good man.
I found a G3 dealer in Union City.
I am gonna swing by there and check a few out hopefully this week.


#1 - Based on the amount you've been using yours so far, there is no doubt whatever you buy will get good use. DON'T bother fixing a 1985 POS. Buy a new motor at the very least. You can't go wrong with a Yamaha 4-stroke. Quiet as he11, gas efficient and it's wonderful not having to fool with mixing gas.

#2 - If you're checking out things at the dealer, it is clear you have bitten by the new-boat bug. Might as well just go ahead and give in to it.

#3 - Lot's of folks make very good boats. In actuality I NEVER hear of anyone having a problem with the "boat" part, no matter what the brand. Complaints are always based on the engine or the accessories... electronics, livewells, plumping, steering, etc. I'm on my second G3 and Yamaha 4-stroke. Other than routine maintenance neither one has ever been back to the dealer for any reason. And my boats are on the water getting hard use at least 80 days a year, usually more. I'm a G3 believer.

#4 - As for low profile versus deep-v, I've had both. I am really liking the deep-v. These days I get in a low profile boat and feel like I'm going to fall out any second.

#5 - I suggest you at least look at a G3 Angler V167: http://www.g3boats.com/angler_v167_c_-_economical_multi-species_aluminum_deep_v_fishing_boat

Have fun deciding?
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#3269556 - 06/17/13 12:22 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: rsimms]
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You know me too well rsimms. \:D

That is the exact G3 that I pulled up on their site to look into further. \:D

I never thought I would like the deep v but I really do like it.
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#3269564 - 06/17/13 12:33 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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So the way I am reading the site the G3 doesn't come with a trolling motor or any kind of depth finders / fish finders?
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#3269643 - 06/17/13 02:01 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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I would have a gotten a deep v of some kind but I could not find one that had an interior layout I liked. My 1756sc does me well but a deep v would ride much better for sure. Interesting that the v167 goes 36 mph with a 60. My boat with a 70 goes 37 mph at best measured by gps.

One thing I would do Ruger is get the largest trolling motor you can afford. I have a minnkota 52" shaft 80 lb maxxum on mine and love it. I have fished in some wind that a 45" would have been coming out of the water. Another great thing to have is a shallow water anchor pin. It take up no room in the boat and can be priceless if you need a push pole. works great for anchoring in shallow water (although I will have a powwer pole sometime soon). Need to come fish out of mine an afternoon and see what you think.

I am hoping I will like it but I am installing the humminbird 798 this afternoon.
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#3269662 - 06/17/13 02:28 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: RUGER]
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So the way I am reading the site the G3 doesn't come with a trolling motor or any kind of depth finders / fish finders?


I think most G3 packages come with an inexpensive Garmin depth finder on the console (emphasis on "I think"). You'll want something better eventually... but they'll do for starters.

The trolling motor is not included. While I think G3's are great... I don't care what kind of boat you have, put a Minn Kota i-Pilot trolling motor on it!!!

Get the most you can afford. I have the Terrova (24-volt, 70 lb. thrust). It's incredible. I can't say enough about how the i-Pilot... combined with Humminbird electronics and Lakemaster mapping, it's taken my fishing to a whole new level.
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#3269731 - 06/17/13 04:21 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: rsimms]
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All of these questions depend a lot on really personal information like finances, in my opinion.

I won't go into debt to buy a "toy" like a fishing boat, so if I can't afford to go drop thousands on a new motor, then I would do what gets me by for this year, and then start saving. Then when I'm ready, I'm not paying interest on it and can possibly negotiate a better deal with cash.

If I decided that I wanted to buy a new boat/motor next year, I could scrimp/save enough to have a decent amount of money pulled together by next year. If I were in your situation, I'd have to do the patch job with the motor and plan the bigger purchase for either the winter or sometime next year.
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#3269850 - 06/17/13 07:08 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: Crosshairy]
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The new G3 2014 models come out next month. Most G3 dealers are giving some real good deals on brand new 2012 and 2013 boats to make room for the 2014 models. Give them a low ball price you are willing to pay and see how much they will come off. Heck, I would see if they would give me 50% off and give the boat dealer 5 years of free advertising on TNdeer. Win/win for both.
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#3271180 - 06/19/13 12:49 PM Re: Boat options ???????? [Re: rsimms]
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 Originally Posted By: rsimms

#3 - Lot's of folks make very good boats. In actuality I NEVER hear of anyone having a problem with the "boat" part, no matter what the brand. Complaints are always based on the engine or the accessories... electronics, livewells, plumping, steering, etc. I'm on my second G3 and Yamaha 4-stroke. Other than routine maintenance neither one has ever been back to the dealer for any reason. And my boats are on the water getting hard use at least 80 days a year, usually more. I'm a G3 believer.


You have forgotten about Travis Boating Center. Anything made for them is usually garbage. Sprint no longer exists because of them.

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