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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