ok guys, this is a great place to get info and opinions. We are looking for a boat mainly for the rivers, but an occasional trip out of seward or whittier or maybe even valdez. All of it would be day trips, and mostly on rivers, as the wife isn't real keen on big water. I am thinking something about 20', any bigger it might be too much for me (with a little help? form the wife) to handle and enjoy exploring some of the rivers in the matsu. Thinking about an outboard 150-200hp and would really like to go 4 stroke (but that E-tec is impressive) with jet and prop drives I can switch out.
Orriginally I was going to go center consol with no top, now I am thinking, tradtional consol with soft top (nice to get out of the weather, and the wife will go more, hence I get to go more!!)
Graylings look nice, but you can only find them used with old 2 strokes on them, buying and putting on a 4 stroke would make it pricey, unless If i could find one with a 4 stroke already on it. I like the fuel tank setup on them also, saddle tanks.
Wooldridge, like them also, but heard since the fuel tank is on bottom it is possible to rupture the fuel tank if bumping a rock a little hard? Whats the story on this? Have seen some impressive ones for sale. Any thought, expierences with these???
Lowe Just seems not built well enough/ sides aren't high enough. Saw a 18'? for sale with a 90 honda on it, and they had some some extra modding in back to make sure the motor bracket was strong enough. looked kinda shade tree garage to me.
anybody got some advice or other things to look at? I'd like to go used, but not too used, then I can get a little more boat for the money (i think?)
Thanks in advance!