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    Default Help me pick a PWS boat under $35k for family of six

    It time to get a bigger boat. We have been enjoying PWS from a 16ft Zodiac, but with 4 kiddos between 1 and 8 yrs old that's getting a little crowded. We love exploring the sound and I'd like to be able to do it a little more comfortably.

    Mission: Shrimping, Halibut, Montague, 2-3 day trips. We don't have to camp on the boat.

    Budget: $35k and I'd like to get 2mpg or better.

    I have been looking at everything from big Bayliner cruisers to Jetcraft soft tops. I'd appreciate any leads on boats for sale, input on different boat options, models, etc. Thanks! Feel free to call me at 907-360-3236 if you have a hot lead on a boat. I'll give you a free halibut trip as commission! My number one priority is a great deal.

    On a side note: I am trying to decide between trailering to Whittier vs getting a slip in Seward. We have a plane so flying to Seward is an option. Any feedback on fishing PWS from the Seward side?

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    This looks like a pretty good deal. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/5025663040.html

    Easy to trailer, good boat for bigger water, reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcticwildman View Post
    This looks like a pretty good deal. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/5025663040.html

    Easy to trailer, good boat for bigger water, reasonable price.
    That looks like a smoking deal to me! Man, for how few hours are on that motor, that's pretty awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    That looks like a smoking deal to me! Man, for how few hours are on that motor, that's pretty awesome.

    Yup. That many hours is incredibly low. Having the 5.7 is a bonus. A lot of them only had the 5.0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcticwildman View Post
    This looks like a pretty good deal. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/5025663040.html

    Easy to trailer, good boat for bigger water, reasonable price.
    If you consider an older boat like this with as many older systems as this one defiantly spend the money for a professional marine survey. If anything have someone with a good working knowledge of boats and their systems take a look at her, these older Bayliners are notorious for hidden problems; good thing she has a kicker. Fuel problem issues are forefront with older boats also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breausaw View Post
    If you consider an older boat like this with as many older systems as this one defiantly spend the money for a professional marine survey. If anything have someone with a good working knowledge of boats and their systems take a look at her, these older Bayliners are notorious for hidden problems; good thing she has a kicker. Fuel problem issues are forefront with theseold boats.

    I disagree. Mid to late 90's Bayliners are solid boats. The boats they built in the 80's and early 90's had issues that are well known but Bayliner got it's act together and started building good boats after that.

    I do agree that a marine survey is a good idea, no matter the brand or age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breausaw View Post
    these older Bayliners are notorious for hidden problems; good thing she has a kicker. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
    Negative. The older Bays (like in the 80's) had issues but ones like this 1996 is a great boat IF it has been taken care of. But then again without taking care of any boat they go bad.

    Big thing with ANY glass boat is to thump the transom on the outside (use a screwdriver handle), if there is a dull thump spot it may have rot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcticwildman View Post
    This looks like a pretty good deal. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/boa/5025663040.html

    Easy to trailer, good boat for bigger water, reasonable price.
    Nice outfit, AKmutt, do you know what size fuel tank would that have? Typical range?
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    Default Help me pick a PWS boat under $35k for family of six

    So I decided on a boat! Picked up a new Kingfisher 2225 with a 150 Etec last night from AMDS! Apparently this is the one they had on display at the boat show. Original buyer fell through.

    Totally blew my $35k budget but I am happy with the deal and love the boat.

    Headed to Whittier now to take it out for the maiden voyage. Next up: decide on a pot puller and gps/fish finder.


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    Congrats, have fun, take pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akgramps View Post
    Nice outfit, AKmutt, do you know what size fuel tank would that have? Typical range?

    I have a 82 gallon tank
    It runs around 1.5 mpg depending on the conditions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Martinez View Post
    Totally blew my $35k budget but I am happy with the deal and love the boat.

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    Nice, FYI, there is no such thing as a "boat budget" haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskanmutt View Post
    I have a 82 gallon tank
    It runs around 1.5 mpg depending on the conditions
    Just wondering as I am working on a 24' boat with a 5.7 Alpha and wondering what to expect. Can you make Hinchinbrook on that size of tank, and back with some reserve?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Congrats, have fun, take pics!

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    Totally agree


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    Just wondering as I am working on a 24' boat with a 5.7 Alpha and wondering what to expect. Can you make Hinchinbrook on that size of tank, and back with some reserve?[/QUOTE]

    Are you leaving from Cordova or Valdez?
    Whittier, no way.
    Google earth the rough miles from you port, then do the math at 1.5 mpg and you will have your answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post

    Google earth the rough miles from you port, then do the math at 1.5 mpg and you will have your answer.
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    YAH.... Meant to say Montague, thanks for your wonderful insight on how useful google earth can be.
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    Performance report from the first day out:

    Boat load: 1700lbs (85 gallons of fuel plus 1200lbs of people/gear.)
    Economy: 83 miles, burned 29 gallons. 2.7mpg.
    Performance: WOT 38mph at 5500rpm, cruises 35mph at 5000rpm.

    Love the boat, which means it's time to get started on customization!

    Here's the wishlist so far. Any feedback is welcome!
    • 20hp Honda kicker
    • Espar D2 heater. Wife said this is a must!
    • Electra Dyne hauler & shrimping setup from Steve
    • Garmin fishfinder
    • VHF radio
    • Rigid LED lights. We like to stay out late.
    • Anchoring system that allows for shore retrieval.
    • Need to decide on inflatable liferaft(like this) vs. dingy.
    • Paddle boards and roof rack mounted to the hardtop.

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    Awesome! Congrats! Now you will never have to worry about where to put your money. Haha. You will love it I am sure. See ya out there.
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    Congrats on the new boat. If you see the VanHoose Voyager gimme a shout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMan View Post
    Awesome! Congrats! Now you will never have to worry about where to put your money.
    Yeah.........just look for that big hole in the water and pour it in there...!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Martinez View Post
    Here's the wishlist so far. Any feedback is welcome!
    • 20hp Honda kicker
    • Espar D2 heater. Wife said this is a must!
    • Need to decide on inflatable liferaft(like this) vs. dingy.
    Downsize the kicker, the 20 won't push that boat much better than a 10.
    Upsize the heater, for the price the D4 is a better deal.
    Go with the dingy, you won't need the shore retrieval anchor system then.

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