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Bigger boat

22 December 2017 - 11:13 PM

Howdy all, new to the forum and need a bit of advice. Have been using my Dad's 14' aluminum boat for fishing, he's had it for 30+ years. Got a 20hp motor in good shape last summer, as the original viking cooked a piston 25 years ago, so the boat hadn't been used since. He has a camp on Manitoulin, and access to the North Channel. He's not right on the water, but can launch in a fairly shallow protected bay which opens up to a larger bay with water 100'+ deep. This is where I'd like to try fishing for some larger fish, I believe there are salmon down there somewhere. We went out early in the fall/late summer, and as with bigger water came bigger waves, 2-3' rollers. Maybe I'm getting older, but we've been out on big lakes, and I was never bothered before. The rollers, not sure if it was knowing the depth of water, or just the rolling around, but I'd sure like a bit bigger boat to use here. I found a nice one on Craigslist in the US that seemed like a heck of a deal compared to what I'm seeing on Kijiji, but does anyone have an idea what I should be looking for size wise?
I'm thinking 18 or 19' don't really need a much bigger motor, but if I pick up something, I sure as heck want it to be comfortable. The old bench seats in the aluminum just don't make fishing enjoyable, so comfort is a big factor as well. Should I be looking at a bass boat vs a cuddy? Budget under $5000 is what I had in mind.
Any and all advice really appreciated.

New on here

22 December 2017 - 10:15 PM

Howdy all. New to the forum, looking to do some more serious fishing this summer, always good to join a collective knowledge for insight.