Just got back into fishing, one of the boats I owned years ago was a 24' Carolina Skiff. Looking for a boat that's easy to trailer, good staibility, 45mph, storage, comfortable, decent ride. I rented a 17' Mako pro skiff and it is truly set up nicely for inshore fishing, but got into a 1.5' chop right on the nose and got beat to death in it. So considering a Mako 18' LTS as I do like the layout of it. How's the quality on mako and the ride on the 18' LTS? There doesn't seem to be many options in this size range.....Key West, Sea Pro, Frontier, Hewes/Maverick (although they're a bit more than I want to spend......) want to keep it under $40k new and pretty well optioned with the largest motor and hydraulic jackplate. What do you guys recommend? Am I missing anything as far as brands go? Any recommendations?
I like the mako 17' proskiff because it's square and has a lot of room due to the square bow and it's set up nicely for it's size.....but did get beat, in a 1.5' chop right on the bow in the one I rented.
I like the way the Mako 18' LTS is setup as far as front/rear deck, storage, livewell location, etc. etc.....not sure on quality......key west 1720 is a consideration also. Just not sure what else I should be looking at.
I'm renting a Nauticstar 195 this weekend and can get a good price on a new one, but hear their quality isn't great.
The used ones I see 2016-2020 are selling for so close to new now it almost doesn't make any sense to buy used. I want a boat tricked out if I buy one, largest motor, jackplate, etc. and most of the used 18' Mako LTS (for example) have a 90hp merc. and I'd rather have the 115hp pro max.
Get the boat that will do what you want. Better to store it somewhere as opposed to not having what you want. It will keep you from "needing" another boat.
Glad you are testing diff boats - sounds like you are doing it right.
Folding trailer tongue will get you some extra room.
Maybe you can fit some boats if you put the trailer bunks high and run the trailer wheels under the boat as opposed to hanging them out along the sides, might fit in the yard better?
The place where I get stuck is moving the boats. A FG boat is heavy. The one I bought 20 yrs ago was an Actioncraft Newport 17. It was 800#, pretty flat bottom, did 32 mph with a 50 hp. Was a pain to shuffle around and then had motor issues on a borrowed motor. PITA. Couldn't sell it, had to give it away. That guy got a good deal.
Ended up with an aluminum Lund SSV-18 with 60 hp tiller - 460# hull weight. It is light enough I can move the trailer around and such. That's my retirement boat, prolly put a 40 or 50 on it when I retire and run with it from there. Inshore anywhere, offshore on calm days.
Not saying you need a tin boat, just that you need to get what makes you happy.
Gulf or Atlantic look at a Gheenoe.You can get new
one with elec. motor&25hp for around 17k.A Gheenoe
will go more shallow than boats.
I've enjoyed the boat and can get into really shallow water with it. I try to stay out of choppy water, but if I point the bow up with my engine tilt, it handles it pretty well.