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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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new boat question

Ok so I'm seriously ready to take the plunge and upgrade to a new boat. I have been looking at both the Lowe stryker 16 or crestliner storm 1600 with a 50 hp mercury.


Both boats are 16' long with a 55" bottom How shallow can I run? I fish both the Juniata a Susquehanna fairly regular, but I also fish raystown and other lakes, so I'm kinda interested only in a prop motor. I'm currently running a prop on a 14' jon 9.9 and I'm limited sometimes during low water in the middle of the summer. I simply go someplace else.


Anybody running 40 hp and 50 hp props on the rivers?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-05-2017, 07:20 PM
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make sure, whatever you go with, to get a prop guard. They're priceless on the rivers. I think either boat would only draft about 4-6", but it's the motor that will limit the depth

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make sure, whatever you go with, to get a prop guard. They're priceless on the rivers. I think either boat would only draft about 4-6", but it's the motor that will limit the depth
Ben's right. On rivers and back waters a prop guard will save you a ton in the long run. Every fly in fishing trip I have been on in Canada every boat has a prop guard. I was really glad because I hit a lot of rocks at slow speeds I didn't even think were there.
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Agree on the prop guard. Its the motor I'm kinda concerned about. A 50 hp is a lot of weight to hang on the back of a 16' boat. I'm considering going to a 20 or 25 hp, but it will probably struggle to get on plane so I'm told? There are a few places I'll run it up on both rivers, where I know the river, other places I ease it through. There probably is no boat that is perfect for both lake and river fishing, just trying to find the happy medium.




With the rivers being blown out because of the weather, I need a boat I can put in at raystown this weekend and be back on the susky 2 weeks from now.
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Depends on how much your willing to spend to get the results you want.
Here in Florida, skinny water (very shallow) fishing is very popular especially in the salt water.
Most boats are fiberglass, designed for the purpose, and known as flats skiffs.
Engines are often mounted on what is known as a Jackplate, which verticly raises the motor allowing it to run in very shallow water.
You do need whats known as a shallow water pickup installed on the motor also so that it pumps water.
Many of these specialized skiffs like the Mitzi, or the Dragonfly and many others are used with 20 to 40 hp motors and tiller steered.
The Carolina Skiff j series is also very popular for that purpose and a more reasonable approach.
Many bass fishermen here use those, which also do well with small motors, can be run in shallow water, and make for a very stable boat.
Check out the listings on Craigslist in Florida, you might find the long trip worth while.
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Agree on the prop guard. Its the motor I'm kinda concerned about. A 50 hp is a lot of weight to hang on the back of a 16' boat. I'm considering going to a 20 or 25 hp, but it will probably struggle to get on plane so I'm told? There are a few places I'll run it up on both rivers, where I know the river, other places I ease it through. There probably is no boat that is perfect for both lake and river fishing, just trying to find the happy medium.




With the rivers being blown out because of the weather, I need a boat I can put in at raystown this weekend and be back on the susky 2 weeks from now.

I have a fully rigged 16'8" bass boat, With a 25hp 2 stroke. No experience on a river but on a lake it gets on plane very easy. Top speed with full gear and two adults is around 22-25mph depending on wind and waves.
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thanks for the info trouttime...I don't have to run fast, but I do want to be able to get up on plane, And I'm thinking maybe a 20-30 hp would be the better option for what I want.


I think the weight difference between a 30hp merc and a 50 hp merc is probably 100# a 2 stroke is also usually a little lighter than a 4 stroke.
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Did you ever think of getting a jet motor 40 horse Merc is a good choice.

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I have yes...Jet surely runs shallower...However weighing pro's and cons.


Cost more.....heavier... less efficient.. I also fish lakes....And last years low flows in the rivers a buddy of mine had trouble with sucking up grass in his, especially some areas of the Juniata below Newport....So he was limited anyhow.






But yes I have seriously considered a jet.
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I would look into a used tracker on the classifieds like craigslist. Pretty much same type of boat you are considering - only you will save at least half the cost if you wait for the right one to come up.

https://altoona.craigslist.org/boa/6121973259.html
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