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    Default Larger Aluminum Tiller Boats?

    I have been thinking about getting a new crabbing rig, but also want something to run around in the South River with. I would want to go out as far as the light house.....on a nicer day obviously.

    I am looking for something as simple as possible and was thinking a 16-18ft aluminum V bottom boat with a 30-40hp tiller motor. I know there are guys in other areas that like them a lot. I don't know if it would be good in our area....specifically driving while sitting when there is usually wither wake or chop to contend with.

    Anyone have experience with them?

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    I know it will cost more but I recommend a side console on the boat you want. I run a sixteen ft. Aluminum v bottom Sea Nymph on the South River. With a tiller all of the weight is in the rear of the boat. Makes the bow ride high which in turn affects visibility. With a side console the weight is more evenly distributed. You get a better ride and viSibility is better. Of course the side console will be more expensive and the motor bill will be higher. But in the end I think you will be happier. I love aluminum boats. Their easy to repair, modify and take a lot of abuse. If I come into a ramp and the tide isn’t right and I can’t climb onto the pier I just park it on the ramp and get out.Bust up the bottom of a glass boat. Side consoles are really good for trot lining and retrieving crab traps. You can sit and dip or just reach over and pull a trap. Whichever way you go I think you will enjoy an aluminum boat. I would go with a forty hp motor. I have a 25 on mine and wish I had a 40. I had the motor before I bought the boat and it was like new. Imoreced a 749 Yamaha from Tri-State and it was $7,700.00 so I need that. I’ll just remain a slower boat.

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    I have a 16 sea nymph with a 25 2 stroke yamaha and it flys have a 12 volt battery under fron seat thatI cut a compartment for keeps bow down but wish i had side console for crabing alone

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    Thanks for the input! good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by O sea D View Post
    I have a 16 sea nymph with a 25 2 stroke yamaha and it flys have a 12 volt battery under fron seat thatI cut a compartment for keeps bow down but wish i had side console for crabing alone
    Mine is actually a bass boat with lots of wood. Also mine is a 25hp four stroke which is considerably heavier then a two stroke and four strokes are slower then comparable two strokes. Mine does about 21 mph tops on a good day. This is with the best prop I can buy for speed. I think all of the wood in my boat is 3/4 inch plywood. Heavy. Sea Nymphs are built like tanks. Lowe bought them years ago.

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    I have a 2013 Lund Alaskan 1600, It's 16' 10"s in length and has an 82 " beam. It's a more heavily built boat with .100 thickness aluminum in the hull. It's powered by a 50HP Honda tiller motor. Very stable boat, when you step in it off the dock, there's no excessive rocking, and I'm about 240#s. I absolutely love this boat, perfect layout for me, flat floor fore and aft, livewell on one side , rod locker on the other, plus other storage places. It will run 30 MPH with me and the wife loaded for fishing. Tough to find used and at a good price. I drove to Maine to buy mine, it was about 16 months old at the time and still had plenty of warranty left on the hull and motor.

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    I have heard a lot of similar stories. Is yours carpeted? How does that work with messy stuff? Bleeding fish/chunking/crabbing

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    Thanks, that's a good data point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
    I have heard a lot of similar stories. Is yours carpeted? How does that work with messy stuff? Bleeding fish/chunking/crabbing
    All vinyl flooring in my boat.

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    I had been looking for an upgrade for my 14' crabbing boat for 2 years but never really found what I was looking for. I decided to get a new Tracker 16' deep v laker dtx. Bass Pro had 1 in stock with a 40hp Mercury tiller. I have been happy with the boat for what I like to do. I typically run all over the P-tap when the weather is right. I'd be more then happy to let you check it out one evening if you would like.

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