Current situation: Fish from father-in-law 18ft lund with typically 4 adults and a child (now our new baby added soon). Sometimes have 6 adults if brotherinlaw and wife are with. Fish in freshwater open lakes and large flatwater river. This works...but is obviously a little cramped with thre full load.
Needed: Our own motor boat. We currently fish wife and I from a OT Guide 147 but its too tiny for our growing family there for becoming my solo fisher.
Requirements: Vantopable as we camp in a small popup tent trailer.
Seaworthy for when the wind does pick up and gets the chop going. (we never go out if weather is active already but you know how weather and chop happens)
Comfortable for 2 adults and 2 kids. Keeping in mind what we are accustomed to in dads boat with 6 adults.
Motor capable as realistically wife cant handle paddling for very long. Not requiring a speed demon as I often use a 30# minnkota on the OT Guide.
Narrowed search and availability to Clipper Macsport 18 http://www.clippercanoes.com/boat_sp...ebc61dc1066a3e ,
Esquif Cargo, and 14' shallow V lightweight lund style boats (http://www.crestliner.com/Page.aspx/...XCR-1457V.aspx). We used to have a Scott dealer but they closed this winter. Have seen the occasional Grumman 19'.
We are very comfortable in both canoe and utility boats and are very aware of weather safety and when to stay ashore.
Main question is would you feel more family safer in a larger sport canoe or in a shallow 14ft tinny on a lake where the wind can produce some interesting chop. Safe enough to get to shore.
Long writeup, sorry, just trying to give details on the problem I have in finding a boat.