I am now the proud owner of my first boat! Just like the title says, I bought a Hewescraft 21ft river runner from a good buddy of mine who's moving out of state. It has a 350 Kodiak with a Berkeley jet and just over 400 hrs. Its had regular maintenance and seems to be in great condition for it's age. I was planning on buying a brand new Wooldridge this spring but this popped up out of nowhere and couldn't pass up the price, only paid 6,000! I feel like I got a killer deal on the boat and didn't have to take out a loan or shell out 40k plus on a new Wooldridge. I plan to buy one eventually but am going to become proficient on this one first so I'm not beating up a 40k dollar boat.
Now, for the backstory. I got my assistant guide license this year and was successful in getting my client a 64 inch bull at 30 yds! I also killed my second solo ram in back to back years! Anyhow, I'm getting a little off track (which I tend to do), The guided moose hunt was all boat based in a 16ft jon with 40 jet. This was my first jet boat experience and it was a very skinny shallow river so as you can imagine there was a MASSIVE learning curve! Lots of frustrating moments clearing out rocks and grass and learning where to get on step. So needless to say I don't have tons of boating experience like a lot of you guys do on here. After moose hunting out of a boat instead of an ATV like I'm used to, which I've had great luck with, I decided I MUST have a boat. Despite all the headache cleaning the clogged jet I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I learn best from hard and frustrating situations out of my comfort zone. So I'm determined to master this jet boating thing as well.
So I'm hoping to gain a few things from this post.
1. Is this a decent boat and does anyone have any experience with them?
2. I don't know anything about inboards but have been doing a lot of reading trying to learn so hopefully you guys can offer some insight.
3. How do I winterize this thing or should I take it to someone?
4. This one may really be a stretch, but is there any local forum member who is a boating guru who'd be willing to share their time with me. Going over this thing from tip to tail and pass on any knowledge that may help keep my wife, 8yo son and I safe from breakdowns or other hazard on the water. Hunting and fishing are a family affair and they are both very proficient outdoorsmen in their own rights.
I'm not scared to tackle this head on but just didn't grow up boating very much and I just don't know anyone who can help me learn.
I've had great success on AOD through the years and really respect a lot of the experience and just good people in general on here. I'd be happy to pay someone or buy beer, or share hunting knowledge as I'm very comfortable and have been very successful with all things hunting in this state. Now its time for a new challenge and so accessing more area via jet boat is next on the list!