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I just purchased a building lot in Earlville, MD in sight of Turkey Point Lighthouse. I will begin fishing and crabbing there this year but wanted to get some recommendations on the best type of boat for the area. I do have two kayaks rigged for fishing but also want to get a boat and motor. Any recommendations are appreciated.
 

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Turkey Point Light - at the end of Elk Neck State Park. Guess you'll be Flats fishing mostly.

I used my 18' Center Console on the Flats quite a bit this past spring. It's plenty big for some of the breezier days there. Small enough to get in and out by myself.
 

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How much can you spend ?... what else will you use it for ? .... do you want to trailer it ?... the used boat market is hot and people are dealing. You could get 10,000 different answers to the question. I feel that a 21 ft. boat with a fairly deep hull is a good size for the Bay, which is far different than protected rivers. I prefer Walkarounds (cabin) because I like to store my gear and to be able to get down below. MD Spring and Fall Trophy Seasons can be chilly and W/As provide protection but you give up fishing space. Pros and cons to each boat. I prefer outboards and 200 4 stroke, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Mercury is about right or alternatively a 150 Etec two stroke would do fine on a 21. This is a better fishing than crabbing setup. You could get a Carolina Skiff 19-21 ft. with a 115-150 Suzuki (or any of the others) and it will do both jobs pretty well. Jim

Turkey Point vs. Thomas Point. I change my tune. 17 - 19 ft. Carolina Skiff w/ 90 - 115 Zuke or 75 Etec

Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser Boats
 
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