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I am looking for a flats boat to use in the back country and Florida bay to teach my kid to fish. I am more interested in a boat that will run well in chop than skinny. What would be the best option in the 16-18 range with live well or wells that I can use for live baiting and go to the local sandbar in Fort Lauderdale. Looking at used Hewes Redfishers but open to other suggestions? $10k-$20k used price range.


  • Saltwater JunkieSaltwater Junkie Posts: 1,086 Officer

    Look at the old Mavericks too...

  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,853 Captain

    Well said Pete... I work out of an old Maverick (really old...) so I may be a bit prejudiced. Look for a used 17' Maverick master angler with a 115 motor... There's always a few of them on the market - and one in really good condition will run you 12 to 16k, ready to go... Great all around skiffs that you can take your kids out in and have a solid hull under you...

    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • ShadowFXShadowFX Posts: 10 Greenhorn

    Also look at the Scout 177 Sport or Key West 1720 CC . Both boats give you bang for buck in options and built well. I've seen used models not to old in your price range.I prefer the Scout, that bow flare really keeps you dry when running fast in some chop.

  • andrewthe1andrewthe1 Posts: 801 Officer

    panga! also stump knockers are great economical boats that hit the chop good with the high v bow, but float skinny with the flat bottom.

    We use an 18' in the inter coastal of jacksonville and also the mayport inlet(which gets rough) and to run the beaches.

    They are also light so tow easy and dont need much power.

    we need more internet money
  • half shellhalf shell Posts: 41 Greenhorn
    All above great boats however unless you need to get in real skinny water I recommend a Boston Whaler Montauk.You can find a late model 170 Montauk in your price range.They are great boats and safe for the young ones to take out when they are ready,I have owned several over the years and love em.
    Good luck in your search!
  • jtnole02jtnole02 Posts: 22 Greenhorn
    Thank you all for your comments.  I will be checking them all out to see what works best for me.  
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    One more vote here for Mavericks, really solid well built boats.
  • Flat NutsFlat Nuts Posts: 72 Greenhorn
    One more vote for the hewes....  Super versatile.  I'm a little biased I have an pld lappy.  Cant go wrong with the maverick either.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,853 Captain
    Both the Hewes and the Maverick have been built by the same outfit for some years now....
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
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