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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for a boat

Hey guys. New to boating and and I am looking for a boat for the delaware River. I think Im interested in looking for an inflatable boat with a motor big enough for the river. Is this a dumb idea?? you tell me what you all think of that. I like the idea of an inflatable just for easy storage and moving. Also am definitely not rich as I am in School at the moment.
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Re: Suggestions for a boat

What part of the Delaware? The northern you might be ok but I'd be worried about shallows and rocks with an inflatable. The Southern Part? I say no freaking way.

I fish the Schuylkill and my 14' flat bottom jon boat is more than adequate for the fishing I do. (Schuylkill river and local lakes)

If you have a couple hundred bucks saved there are a lot of good deals on craigslist for boats & trailers. Do you have the ability to tow a small boat?
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Re: Suggestions for a boat

yeah My pickup would pull it no problem. The area Im in is the delaware water gap/shawnee area
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Re: Suggestions for a boat

For least cost I would go with a 14' jon boat. A 1436 (36" wide) will run on plane with a 5hp motor. It will give YEARS of reliable service. You might get a year or two from an inflatable. Many times you can pick up a boat and trailer for 7-800 bucks. more if it has a motor.

I have a 1448 (48" wide) and you NEED at least a 9.9hp to get on plane. I have a 25 hp on my boat, and I can't see going lees than say a 20hp. The difference other than just space between a 36 and 46 inch wide boat is stability. A 36" wide boat is only a little better than a conoe while I can stand on the edge of mine and pee without fee of tipping the boat.

Width is the deciding factor on these types of boats. Length for the most part does not. My buddy has a 16' jon with a 15hp merc. It gets on plane, but it is painfully slow.

If you just want to buy a cheapo inflatable that you row to get you by for a year (at best) try it, and see what happens.

I would at least get a 1436 jon with a small gas motor. An electric motor will work with a slow current, but you aren't going to be able to fish very far from the ramp.

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Re: Suggestions for a boat

Just like hunt/fish said, I'd go with atleast a 46-48 inch bottom, more stability! (if you go the jon boat route)

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Thanks guys
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Re: Suggestions for a boat

I had a 1436 that I fished out of for years, and had 2 people in it many times.. I would definitely go with a 1448 though.. Like hunt/fish said, the 36 is not very stable at all and looking back i'm surprised we never had any serious issues
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