Placed an order for a new boat this morning with Mel at Alaska Frontier Fabrication. This boat was different because with my past boats the price kept going up and up with every option I kept adding. I've been without a boat for two years now and tried to go minimalistic with the fancy features on this one, instead putting the money into functional stuff. This one should meet my needs very well without being overboard.
I ordered the newly re-designed Seahawk Hardtop. http://www.northriverboats.com/recre...seahawkhardtop I'm going with the 22 foot model. I looked at a couple other similar boats, like the Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, but I was really surprised at how many things this boat had standard that were options on others (like suspension seats, trim tabs, etc.). For me and three friends to fish, this boat should be sufficient. The maximum horsepower rating is 300 hp and I maxed it out with twin Yamaha 150's.
A couple of other options:
Upgraded trailer rating
Yamaha 6YC gauge system
Sleeper cushions with aluminum support bars that go between the bench seats
Roof and side mounted rod holders
Dual batteries with ACR
Wash down pump
In-floor fish box
Full aluminum floors with non-skid coating
Alaska Frontier Fabrication anchor winch system
I got very lucky and there was an opening in the production schedule. The boat is expected to be done by June 5th and in state by mid-June.
I've had electronics installed by the dealer on my past boats, but on this one I'm going to tackle it myself. My electronics plans is:
Garmin 7612xsv chart plotter (maybe 7610xsv depending on size)
Garmin GT51M transducer with spray shield
Garmin 18 xHD radar
Airmar TM185C-M transducer
Garmin NMEA 2000 starter kit
Garmin VHF200 radio
Shakespeare 5225XP 8’ antenna with 4187HD mount
I'm also going to add two windshield fans, a Planar 44D heater (I know, it's probably overkill), and a pair of Scotty 2106B downriggers. Before next year I'll pick up an Ace Line Hauler.
Mel and I were able to work out what I thought was a very fair deal. Shipping on his boats to Alaska is included in the price; which cost me a few grand on the last boat I had sent up. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a boat.
I'll update the thread with pictures when it goes into production sometime mid-next month.