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    I think that is a perfect boat if you want to use the Kenai River. If not I would love a 1860 with Yamaha 115. I just finished my 14í tunnel boat with a Yamaha 60/40 so Iím canít go to Kenai. I have never wanted to anyways

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    Do your Kenai boat as the cheap beater boat. 16' lund semi v with a 25-35 with a prop. You'll run anywhere you want to go in the Kenai with that and catch all the fish you want. Or an old beater 16-18' flat bottom jon boat. We kayak all down the river. It doesn't take a lot of boat to catch a King or silver. Spend your hard earned money on the boat to go around the rest of the state and one that can pack moose camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theultrarider View Post
    Do your Kenai boat as the cheap beater boat. 16' lund semi v with a 25-35 with a prop. You'll run anywhere you want to go in the Kenai with that and catch all the fish you want. Or an old beater 16-18' flat bottom jon boat. We kayak all down the river. It doesn't take a lot of boat to catch a King or silver. Spend your hard earned money on the boat to go around the rest of the state and one that can pack moose camp.
    I was thinking this same thing last night when I saw the thread. cheapest jon or lund that you can find with a 25+ fourstroke etec for the kenai then a real jet boat for everywhere else. 1860 with a 115/80 is probably the best overall compromise for big and smallish systems and can haul moose. I have and 18ft lund that I use in the salt here in juneau (pick your weather) if you can find one of them with a 40 or 50 fourstoke you could do kenai and light salt with that and big rivers if you know that channels. I would shy away from a serious jet boat that's limited to a 50hp powerhead unless it's a light 1652 or something.

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    ...or forget the Kenai, I stopped fishing it in the mid-80's and haven't missed it at all. Plenty of places to catch a king in the Su drainage. They may not be the hog's of the Kenai but 35-40 lbs are a fair fish.
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