Hi guys, like the guy before me, I'm interested in a in-expensive saltwater boat (I guess in-expensive in boats is a relative term!). I want to stay away from fiberglass project boats and no I/O's. I figure with the upcoming 2-strokes that will be for sale (pending the new regs on the Kenai), that twin 35-50 hp motors would be cheap to come by for a Bayrunner/Klamath 18-20 footer. What do you guys think? I know 4 strokes & DFI are all the rage now, but for a limited budget and limited use during the summer, I'd think that 2 stroke motors in this size range would be economical enough.
For the boat mentioned above, can you guys give a list of "must have" equipment and items to have on the boat? Please include safety as well as fishing gear, anchor, extra rod holders, etc. BTW, do the Bayrunners/Klamaths have raised or self-bailing decks? I'm not sure if they have built in fuel tanks?
Just trying to put together a rig for Seward silvers, bottom fish, Deep Creek, Homer day trips without going broke. A new Hewescraft (22 HT w/ext. transom) is my dream boat, but not realistic until I retire!
Thanks for all the help/advice in advance,