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jimogden1984 10-19-2013 09:25 PM

thinking about buying a boat
Hey all, so I'm gonna be coming in some money probably next month sometime and I think with part of it I'm probably gonna buy a boat. Only problem is it'll be my first boat and I don't know much about them. I'm going someone here will be willing to take the time to track me a thing or 2. the things I'm looking for in a boat are

1. Fishing
2. able to get close enough to the bank to set limb lines
3. enough power to pull a tube on occasion
4. able to hold up to 4 people
5. Big enough to get on the missouri river and handle the currents

so far I'm mostly into catfish but who knows where my interest will take me Later on. I'm probably looking at a budget of about $4000 but maybe a little more for the right boat/right deal.

You guys have any recommendations or opinions of what I should keep in mind when the time comes? I've been getting on Craigslist just to look and get ideas but as I said, I've never had a boat and don't know exactly what to look for.

mountainman13 10-19-2013 09:28 PM


Axxe55 10-19-2013 09:38 PM


Originally Posted by mountainman13 (Post 1406743)

yeah, that one!:o

two happiest days in a boat owners life? the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells that boat!:p

Doc3402 10-19-2013 09:46 PM

I had a 12' Jon boat that was a lot of fun. Had a 15 horse motor on it. Let a friend of mine use it. He got caught at the ramp by marine patrol with a pile of illegal fish. There went my boat.

jimogden1984 10-19-2013 09:47 PM


Originally Posted by Doc3402 (Post 1406763)
I had a 12' Jon boat that was a lot of fun. Had a 15 horse motor on it. Let a friend of mine use it. He got caught at the ramp by marine patrol with a pile of illegal fish. There went my boat.

that'll ruin your day

hairbear1 10-19-2013 09:51 PM

A very expensive hole in the water into which a vast amount of money is poured into.

You'll probably want something with at least 60+HP minimum if your looking at skiers plus a boat of at least 20'+.
Towing skiers and or a tube will drag a lot out of a boat so don't go for minimum engine power as it'll eventually kill the motor from overloading it.
Another consideration is prop pitch same as selecting a rifle for a specific job and for this and a lot of other info I would suggest talking to those who do what you want to do and ask around for advice before buying as it'll save you heaps in the long run.

Doc3402 10-19-2013 09:53 PM


Originally Posted by jimogden1984 (Post 1406765)
that'll ruin your day

Not as much as it did his. His fine was more than I paid for the boat and motor, plus he lost his year old truck. They waited for him to put his tackle in the truck and took everything. I don't think he's poaching reds anymore.

hq357 10-19-2013 10:04 PM

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I want this boat (:

orangello 10-19-2013 10:09 PM

You should talk to MobileMarine.

boatme98 10-19-2013 10:24 PM

I would definitely say don't do it. Why?
Anyone can buy a boat. Can you afford to maintain it? That's where the real cost is. That's what's feeding MobilMarines family. :)

Have you taken the USCG Boaters Saftey class? If not, you should before you even consider buying a boat. It's free btw.

The "new" usually wears off pretty quickly then it becomes a chore towing, launching, and retrieving it, so you use it less and less. Ever wonder why you see so many small boats for sale?

But if you do decide to buy a boat remember, YOU and you alone are responsible for every person that ever sets foot aboard. Saftey is paramount. It's a huge responsibility that far too many people either take for granted or completely ignore.

All that said, go take the class and enjoy.

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