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  • spoiled one
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    Originally posted by Big Jim View Post
    was yours center console or runabout type? Someone told me last year that the Klamath/Bayrunners had a bad habit of "digging" (bow) in a following sea and almost throwing them out of the boat at speed??? Sounded a little scary. Sounds like too much weight in front. Any speed numbers from your old boat? Bet it got close to 50. The other guy on here with that combo/Etec said he rarely opens his boat up to WOT.
    Jim
    Jim,

    Mine was a late 80's model center console. I never experienced the bow digging in like that. I suppose if it was loaded heavy and there were a couple of people up front it could happen. I never had a gps speed, but I suspect that it would hit in the low 40's WOT, perhaps more. It was my understanding that the evinrude/johnson 70 hp was the weakest of the bunch. I am not sure if there is any merit to that or not.

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  • Big Jim
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    Hey Pete,

    was yours center console or runabout type? Someone told me last year that the Klamath/Bayrunners had a bad habit of "digging" (bow) in a following sea and almost throwing them out of the boat at speed??? Sounded a little scary. Sounds like too much weight in front. Any speed numbers from your old boat? Bet it got close to 50. The other guy on here with that combo/Etec said he rarely opens his boat up to WOT.
    Jim

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  • BN2FSH
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    all right, I'll add those to my list.

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  • spoiled one
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    I have to second the Klamath. I popped my cherry on a 18' Klamath with a 70 horse 'rude. She flat out hauled donkey! Very sea worthy for its size. A 50 horse would work great, too, and be Kenai legal.

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  • Big Jim
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    No leads...

    but you didn't mention having looked into Bayrunner/Klamath. I think there's a guy on here who's got one; a 20' with an Etec 50 and really loves it; gets up and scoots with fuel economy too. Plus, for safety's sake in the salt (Homer & Deep Creek), they have a high bow. In the old days, I heard lots of charter guys cut their teeth on these boats off Deep Creek, that's saying something for the boat. I keep see-sawing on boats all the time (cause daydreaming is cheap!) but would love to have that exact setup if I was going to do both fishing the river (limited to 50 hp) and near shore salt fishing; I'd go for the runabout version myself but they have a center console too.
    Jim

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  • BN2FSH
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    No one? Someone must have alead for me.

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  • BN2FSH
    started a topic WTB- Boat

    WTB- Boat

    I am looking for a used but good condition relatively new 19-20 foot boat with a 50 hp 4-stroke and trailer I can use in the middle / lower Kenai and also off the lower peninsula beaches / Valdez/ Kachemak. I leaning toward an open boat with center console rather than a windshield or tiller. I have thought about fishrite, north river, willie, alumacraft, alumaweld and koffler and all have pros and cons. I don't think it makes much difference if it has a 6 degree, 10 degree or even 12 degree bottom. If you have a boat or know someone who does drop me an email (fisheye1@acsalaska.net) or pm. Phil

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