Probaly gonna get 15 posts with 20 different answers. Just looking for advice. I want to get my first boat for use around Kodiak. The situation - me and my 8 year-old (strong lad, good swimmer and good on boats) will be primary users for fishing (halibut, cod, probably NOT trolling just yet). I also have wife and 2 other kids (5 and 4) who would like to be able to get out to some of the closer in islands for the odd day/camp-out.
I know wife wants an ocean going liner!!! But I do not see the need and the expense vs use is not justified. We will only be fair weather sailors - even in a big boat I would not take the kids out in a heavy chop.
A few people have said a 14/15' Zodiak will fit our needs, thoughts? Also looking at various alluminum boats.
Also Because likely just me and my 8-year-old a lot of the time and boat being trailored to a slip, also figure that a Zodiak would be lighter/easier to handle.
As for budget - low!!! It is really my toy and not a family thing and seeing good Zodiak types for $$3000 and up is appealing.