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    Default Best welded aluminum 16'-18' open tiller skiffs?

    Ok I need to add to my floatilla. I am thinking about a 16-18 skiff for ocean use and deer hunting. I already have a 16' SeaArk jet boat, and a Hewescraft 220 OceanPro. There are days where an open skiff is really nice and they are great on fuel (which is always on the rise).

    I am looking for something with vee to it.

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    I am thinking maybe 16 or 17.5' North River Revenge, Stabicraft 385 or 529, I have seen a thunderjet power bolt 17', Lund, Crestliner, smokercraft, others?

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    Yes, Bayrunner and Klamath. Both are good, time-tested designs.

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    I'd say a Workskiff or Pacific Skiff when you say best. Perhaps a Lund if money is an issue.

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    I have a 16' revenge, and I love it. I wish I had an 18' though. It's a beefy welded boat. But, it's pretty heavy when it goes dry on a beach. If you are looking to manhandle off of a beach, you should get something like a lund. Once dry, this one isn't going anywhere.

    But, I like how it's built--very solid and good welds.

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    check out bay weld boats out of homer he makes some nice stuff. Started out making skiffs, but now his boats go up to 36'.
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    I would have to say that the Pacific skiffs are top shelf, but you pay for it. I had an 18' Klamath and it was a great skiff. I personally would not go smaller than that. There is a big difference between the 16' and 18' models. Have you thought about picking up a used set net skiff? Those things are bomb proof. Probably too heavy to drag to the wet stuff, but they will get you through the snot.
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    I am not really looking for a larger boat as I already have a nice Hewescraft 22' OceanPro. I am thinking the smaller 16-18 foot range so I can put a smaller gas sippin' outboard on it. I am also not looking for custom job like a Bay Welding due to price. I am thinking $10,000 or less for just the hull.

    Bayrunners have a pretty high bow for beaching but Klamaths are on the list too. I am very familiar with both but have been really liking the heavier welded boats. The Crestliner/Lund/Klamath are lighter but locally proven.

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    As said, Pacific Skiffs are the best.
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    Like I said, I've got the North River Revenge and love it, but at this point I think all you could do is get a used one. When I got mine, North River was still in business. The dealer said at that point they stopped making the revenge due to problems with the coast guard float test/requirements (possibly not enough flotation in it--don't know?).

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    Check out these boats... I have always been really interested in getting one, just havent saved up any mula lately. I might have to take a loan out, cause they look like a sweet ride.

    http://www.boultonpowerboats.com/sli...ole/index.html#

    Pic # 25-40 would be the one im interested in.... Tiller over console, frees up a lot of room in the boat.

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