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Old 06-28-2020, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

Looking at boats just for fun (that’s what I tell the wife). Seriously though, don’t know much about boats but would love to get one for fishing and duck hunting (Fishing would be trolling on lakes etc) 3-4 people. Few questions since it will be my first and have not been on many.

1. Should I get 2 boats over time to get a fishing setup and a hunting setup or will an Allrounder be good?

2. Based on # 1 what boat/ motor would you recommend?

3. Would you recommend a old/cheap one and remodel or is it to much of a headache?

Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-28-2020, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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One works for me. I just swap out the longtail mud motor for the Honda outboard.
Buy as much boat as you want or need.
I don't like project boats, so personally I would get a good used one, or new.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How much are you wanting to spend?
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Folwmoth, looks like a nice one.

Not sure yet how much, depends on what I need to spent to get something decent without having to repair all the time etc.
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Trolling big water or small water?

There is a difference.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I might have a different opinion than others on here. But I would recommend getting two different boats. I really have never been to much on a duck boat. I am not sure how those would take on the bigger waves. We was on the Gorge last week and some of those bigger boats would pass by and we took on a lot of water over the front end of the boat hitting them at a 45 deg angle even. You could get on to KSL and find a great older tri-hull or something for a couple grand. Set that up and use it year round for fishing. Then get you your flat bottom for hunting. But I guess it all depends on where and what you want to fish for and how much you are looking to spend. We was once on Bear Lake and had to rescue 3 guys in a flat bottom. The waves came quick like they do on that lake. they took on way to much water. They flagged us down. They got into our boat. We towed their boat to shore as fast as we dare. one guy jumped out with a long extension rope and pulled it to shore as we rushed to the marina with the others. Crazy experience.
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Looking at Bear lake sized waters.

@777 that’s exactly why I am asking this question! If I spent my free time fishing I want to have the right equipment and a good experience, not a disaster weekend.
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Looking at Bear lake sized waters.

@777 that’s exactly why I am asking this question! If I spent my free time fishing I want to have the right equipment and a good experience, not a disaster weekend.
Here's the thing about duck boats - they are an accident waiting to happen on big waters like Bear Lake, The Gorge, Strawberry, Lake Powell, etc. I've had ducks boats of many different shapes and sizes. They are NOT meant to be used on big waters. Period!

The boats that ARE built for big water fishing will NOT be usable in Utah duck marshes. Period!

If you value your life at all, you will want to get 2 boats. My recommendation is to not put your life in danger by foolishly using a duck boat on Utah's big waters I just mentioned plus a couple others. Yes, I've seen them on the Gorge and at Strawberry. And those people doing that are idiots.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Iv had my 18’ Excel duck boat on Utah lake under conditions where most people would capsize, I never feared for my life but, I went straight to the boat ramp.

Iv actively trolled for Kokanee on Strawberry on more that one occasion where is was windy enough that most the boats out there were headed back to the ramp, while I finished out my Koke limit.

I have never feared for my life on big water with my 18’ Excel duck boat. Nor have I ever had any close calls. I know my boat and it’s abilities. It all about knowing your limits.

Now, In those instances I wouldn’t want to be in a rivited jon boat but, my Fully welded 18’ duck boat is just fine running big open water! But, you’ll be in a boat like that for $21k.. better take that up with your wife!
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm with dubob on the two boat thing!! Before selling all my "FUN STUFF" I had a 16' duck boat set up and a 22' Trophy for fishing places like the Gorge, Strawberry. etc. I've seen small boats 16-18' get pounded and almost swamp on Flaming Gorge.


If your taking family fishing and safety is first - don't buy a boat smaller than a 20' deep V.
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