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    Can anyone tell me the difference in performance between a 17 Alaska with a 53 inch bottom and a 2070 classic. Both are outboard jet. I mostly fish day trips, but need to be able to do 3 inches of water at times. I usually carry 2-4 adults. Any feedback is appreciated as I have never run in a wooldridge before.

  • #2
    I had a 17 foot Alaskan w/53" bottom and yamaha 115 4S, I have no experience with a classic. The 17 alaskan is a great boat, its only limitation is in capacity. I felt the weight limit for that boat was about 1100-1200 pounds. Its fuel usage was very good, it handled great and would run skinny water. I suspect it might have carried a little more weight, at 1100 pounds it took some to get on step, felt a bit like a pig and I had to run the motor right at 5100, 5300 was WOT.
    If I was looking at an alaskan I would be seriously considering a newer one with a 60" bottom unless you can honestly say you will never need to carry more stuff/ weight.
    The wider bottom classic will defintenly be more spacious and haul considerably more weight, and require more fuel.
    Hope this was helpful.
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    • #3
      What he said

      Ditto to all that.
      If all you do is fish with a light load, the 17.5' Ak will be awesome. It runs very shallow, and is extremely well behaved handling wise. If you are getting a good deal on the "old style" 53" hull, i'd do it. The narrower hull will get you into some very tight, skinny water and back out again. Plus, its really easy to get off of gravel bars, well, at least compared to the bigger rigs.
      Fighting gravity is never cheap.

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      • #4
        What he said x 2.

        I too ran an older (1994) Alaskan 17.5' w/Yamaha 115 (2 stroke) for many years. Family of four + 2 labs = tons of fun. Have hauled 4 adults, 2 kids, dogs, gear, etc all over. Regularly fished out of the boat at Chitina, at the mouth of the Kenai (loooong road trip, now hosed since they closed down this size of motor at the mouth last summer), and in Valdez for silvers. Only 1 time ever could not get it on step with the tribe, and that was when the bride brought along several 5 gallon buckets of large rocks we picked up on the Chatanika to build a fire pit at our cabin - dumped a couple in the brush and got them on the next trip.

        GREAT boat, but it is a bit tight on space for fishing more than 2 people - as for gear, just stack it higher Handling is ridiculous - with a light load you won't believe what you can sneak into (and hopefully back out of)! I ran the 4 blade stainless impeller for more moxie on the hole shots, and a urethane/nylon/etc lined sleeve to slow down the silt abrasion.

        Good luck and let us know what you get!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by brasebear View Post
          What he said x 2.

          I too ran an older (1994) Alaskan 17.5' w/Yamaha 115 (2 stroke) for many years. Family of four + 2 labs = tons of fun. Have hauled 4 adults, 2 kids, dogs, gear, etc all over. Regularly fished out of the boat at Chitina, at the mouth of the Kenai (loooong road trip, now hosed since they closed down this size of motor at the mouth last summer), and in Valdez for silvers. Only 1 time ever could not get it on step with the tribe, and that was when the bride brought along several 5 gallon buckets of large rocks we picked up on the Chatanika to build a fire pit at our cabin - dumped a couple in the brush and got them on the next trip.

          GREAT boat, but it is a bit tight on space for fishing more than 2 people - as for gear, just stack it higher Handling is ridiculous - with a light load you won't believe what you can sneak into (and hopefully back out of)! I ran the 4 blade stainless impeller for more moxie on the hole shots, and a urethane/nylon/etc lined sleeve to slow down the silt abrasion.

          Good luck and let us know what you get!
          It's not the size of your motor that's restricting you at the mouth of the Kenai, it's the fact that it's a 2 stroke. Unless it's an oil injected 2 stroke than your still good to go.

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          • #6
            Kenai Usage

            Actually it's direct injected two strokes that are still allowed, not oil injected.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shanonamous View Post
              Actually it's direct injected two strokes that are still allowed, not oil injected.
              My understanding is that they are one and the same.

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              • #8
                I have one

                A wooldrige AK II with the 60" bottom. I love it. I can haul considerably more weight than the older woolys at lower rpm. I run a 115 e tec. I would be happy to take any one for a ride as soon as the river softens up. I am in the interior.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AK Troutbum View Post
                  My understanding is that they are one and the same.
                  Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the thread. Oil injection and direct injection are two totally different technologies. Oil injection mixes the oil and gas and that fuel is drawn into the crankcase/cylinder during the intake/compression stroke. Direct injection puts it directly into the cylinder under pressure. The only legal 2 stroke motors for the Kenai would be like the Evinrude ETECs, Tohatsu TLDI's, Yamaha HPDI's, or Mercury Optimaxs.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brasebear View Post
                    What he said x 2.

                    I too ran an older (1994) Alaskan 17.5' w/Yamaha 115 (2 stroke) for many years. Family of four + 2 labs = tons of fun. Have hauled 4 adults, 2 kids, dogs, gear, etc all over. Regularly fished out of the boat at Chitina, at the mouth of the Kenai (loooong road trip, now hosed since they closed down this size of motor at the mouth last summer), and in Valdez for silvers. Only 1 time ever could not get it on step with the tribe, and that was when the bride brought along several 5 gallon buckets of large rocks we picked up on the Chatanika to build a fire pit at our cabin - dumped a couple in the brush and got them on the next trip.

                    GREAT boat, but it is a bit tight on space for fishing more than 2 people - as for gear, just stack it higher Handling is ridiculous - with a light load you won't believe what you can sneak into (and hopefully back out of)! I ran the 4 blade stainless impeller for more moxie on the hole shots, and a urethane/nylon/etc lined sleeve to slow down the silt abrasion.

                    Good luck and let us know what you get!
                    Was that your boat on Craigs recently? I dont see it listed anymore.
                    It sure didnt last too long, it seemed like it was priced right.
                    He who know nothing, still knows nothing

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                    • #11
                      wolfkiller,

                      I'll take you up on the offer. Lets go fishing!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wolfkiller View Post
                        A wooldrige AK II with the 60" bottom. I love it. I can haul considerably more weight than the older woolys at lower rpm. I run a 115 e tec. I would be happy to take any one for a ride as soon as the river softens up. I am in the interior.
                        Oh sure, rub it in
                        Fighting gravity is never cheap.

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                        • #13
                          Bottom width?

                          Did Wooldridge change the standard bottom width on their different models? According to the website the Alaskan has a 60" bottom and the Alaskan II has a 68" bottom. Yet a couple of you have stated width's of 53" and 60"'s on the respective models. Is this a typo? The reason I am asking is that I have been shopping around for used wooldridges and I would like at least a 68" bottom. If they changes specs a few years ago maybe I should just be looking at new boats.

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                          • #14
                            Yes, I don't recall the year they went to the wider bottoms (4-5 years ago maybe?), but the newer rigs are all wider, and it makes a difference. The new XL has a whopping 76" bottom, and at dead drift will float over a lot of stuff that you'd get hung up on with an older/narrower hull.

                            Depends on what you want/need - *any* Wooldridge is worth it's salt (construction, design, layout, etc). Unless you're going to load it up to the gunwales an older one would suit just fine.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by needcoffee View Post
                              Did Wooldridge change the standard bottom width on their different models? According to the website the Alaskan has a 60" bottom and the Alaskan II has a 68" bottom. Yet a couple of you have stated width's of 53" and 60"'s on the respective models. Is this a typo? The reason I am asking is that I have been shopping around for used wooldridges and I would like at least a 68" bottom. If they changes specs a few years ago maybe I should just be looking at new boats.
                              Most of the WBoats specs have remained fairly constant, some of the boats you can order with a wider hull width, such as the extra-plus.
                              They changed the Alaskan from a 53" to a 60" in 05, however you could still order one in the narrower width, be sure to throw a tape on it if in doubt. I almost bought one before I realized what was up.!
                              I think the 60" bottom on the Alaskan is very worthwhile and that is the only WB I had personal experience with.
                              At some point they started putting the fuel tanks under the floor and that is a great feature as it frees up a lot of deck space. At one time I was looking at some older WB with fuel tanks above and they had less deck room than a newer smaller boat.
                              They would still carry the load ok, it just got crowded quick.
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