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Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat #7612799
06/25/22 11:24 PM
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My Wife and I are selling a few cows to buy a fishing boat

I'd like to travel North to Lake County and look for a Good used fishing boat.

Is that a dealership?
Private party?
Online?
Open to suggestions

Thanks, Scott


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612815
06/26/22 12:24 AM
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Anywhere you can find it is where you buy it in this market. What your looking for and price range would help narrow it down immensely.

Used boats the engine is the most valuable part. So look for a reliable engine first, and let the rest of the package fall into place.


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612817
06/26/22 12:33 AM
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Private party. Dealerships are looking for a profit.


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612834
06/26/22 02:50 AM
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If you have Facebook use marketplace, itís great around here. Keep an eye out and be ready to run to one with cash when itís posted


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612836
06/26/22 04:19 AM
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Buy snow machines in the summer and boats on a nasty winter day for best deals

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: otter3006] #7612849
06/26/22 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by otter3006
Buy snow machines in the summer and boats on a nasty winter day for best deals

After the motor issues on our first boat my wifey wants to test one out before buying. That might or might not happen.

Mike Kelly,

We're going to spend 7k to 8k only
We want a deep V boat for bigger waters and a reliable motor .25hp to 75hp 14.5 to 18'

I don't want a flashy ski package or my 4 adult kids will want me to tube ....And I don't need that.


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612858
06/26/22 05:59 AM
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330, tons of used boats here in NY, people can't afford the gas to haul to lake of fill up the motor.

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612884
06/26/22 07:21 AM
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Deep V or not, a 18 foot boat is not for big water. Try to find a boat that has either a Yamaha or Szuki four smoke hanging of the back. If you want one out of aluminimum make sure its of the elder sort.


I do all my own stunts ... but never intentionally ... Let's go Brandon

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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612887
06/26/22 07:28 AM
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Mike Kelley told you best.

The best bost I ever had was one I bought from an older gentleman who had suffered a stroke. He had taken very good care of the boat. It was in perfect condition.

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612895
06/26/22 07:37 AM
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Best way to buy anything used is to buy from somebody you know. that aint always possible so sometimes its like poker. you bet a bunch on three of a kind only to see when the cards get layed out your opponent has a flush. Sometimes you also get lucky and its only a varnished up carb or something the guy is selling for.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612933
06/26/22 08:32 AM
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I bought a 21 ft north river boat several years ago with a yamaha 4 stroke. I found it on Craigslist. It was a repo the bank was selling. The motor had 8 hrs on it. Saved 12k over a new one and was 1 year old
Was still spendy but saved a lot

People bought it new made 1 payment and 4 months later the bank took it back

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612989
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If you have a Facebook keep an eye on marketplace, estate auctions can have well priced boats, be patient, be picky.

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7612992
06/26/22 09:45 AM
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One more thing. Buy the boat with your head and not your heart. be objective on what you want and do not get side tracked. I have fixed plenty of boats for folks that got this part wrong and bought junk because of a single nice feature that clouded their mind and ended up costing them more than they bargained for.


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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613004
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I look at the condition of the floor and seats if they are in good condition the owner took care of it.



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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613032
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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613079
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For that price dont get hung up on brand. The only lund youll likely find is an 80ís mr pike, but can sometimes find awesome models someone has redone flooring on. Otherwise, look for solid boat (any brand) and a good motor. Id rather put money into modern electronics than paying up for the boat if i was on a set budget and didnt want to put money i to electronics later.

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: Scuba1] #7613115
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Originally Posted by Scuba1
Deep V or not, a 18 foot boat is not for big water. Try to find a boat that has either a Yamaha or Szuki four smoke hanging of the back. If you want one out of aluminimum make sure its of the elder sort.


Define big water? Lake of the Woods is only a million acres, spent most of my life on it in an 18 foot or less. Sure there will be days when a bigger boat is necessary but if it's too rough for an 18-foot pro v or a warrior I don't much want to be out there anyhow.

Scott, it's a seller's market right now, 8 grand isn't a very big budget. Decent boats can be purchased for that size and horsepower will be limited unless you are willing to purchase something that is 15 to 20 years old.

Craigslist and FB marketplace is as good as anywhere to start. At least that way you can get an idea of what is out there and price range.


"Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon". Milton Friedman.
Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613156
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Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613165
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Look for the ones with a X on the side....then you know it has been on some fish.
Avoid the Z
cause you may get a anti-ship missile launched at you on the water

Re: Best Way to buy a Reliable fishing boat [Re: 330-Trapper] #7613168
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25 to 75 is a big spread.


The engine is the thing imo that will make or break your enjoyment.


If I had that budget I'd look for a 25-40 hp yamaha four stroke, on a 14-16 foot aluminum.


The boat type and style is of less importance to me than a dead reliable, easy trolling, gas sipping outboard.

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