I'm sure there are a ton of "which boat should I buy" threads on here, and I'll be sure to try to chase them all down. That being said, I'm considering purchasing a riverboat, I know just enough to be dangerous, and I would appreciate any insight you grizzled vets might be willing to offer.
Primarily, I need something for dipnetting on the Kenai once a year. I recognize that for this purpose alone, a guy could float pretty much anything. However, if there is a reasonable option available, I'd like to get something a little larger/nicer and use it during moose season. Basic thoughts:
- Inboard jet preferred, but outboard jet okay
- Welded bottom with a pretty solid hull
- No tiller steering
- Small cabin, cover that can zip to be fully enclosed, or ability to install a cover
- Can be towed, loaded, by a rig with 5,000 lbs towing capacity
On hunting trips, it would need to carry 2-4 guys and gear. I'd be willing to make multiple runs to a camp. Larger rivers, mostly.
I'm looking for something used. There's such a diversity of options out there that I'm just sure which is right at this point.
I get that this is vague, but thoughts/ideas on what guys with similar uses have done and been happy with will be appreciated.