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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2023, 07:52:48 AM »
Had a 15 foot smoker craft/Sylvan. Great boat miss it. Fished the columbia river for salmon ect. Pick your days. Big waves little boat not much fun  :twocents:
I've had 2 smoker craft alaskans, a 13 with a 15hp prop and a 14' with a 40 jet on it.  I'm convinced that you can't do much better than that for low cost of ownership to fun ratio.  Fished everywhere from the little lowland lakes to the chehalis river and neah bay with my 13'er.
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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2023, 03:16:02 PM »
13' whaler with a 40hp. Biggest small boat ever made. 4 guys, gear and dogs duck hunting, run up the Snohomish to Monroe, run anywhere fast and sip fuel and go in skinny water aluminum duck boats fear. Wind kicks up just nose her in and take the beating and get home. Bad weather just pull the plug and keep the nose up. Not doing that in a tin boat
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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #32 on: August 21, 2023, 03:53:41 PM »
13' whaler with a 40hp. Biggest small boat ever made. 4 guys, gear and dogs duck hunting, run up the Snohomish to Monroe, run anywhere fast and sip fuel and go in skinny water aluminum duck boats fear. Wind kicks up just nose her in and take the beating and get home. Bad weather just pull the plug and keep the nose up. Not doing that in a tin boat

My fishing buddy has almost exactly that but he has a 50 HP two stroke on it. Mounted seats etc. We fish for muskies in Tapps, Merwin etc. and have had three guys all casting 9 foot poles with half pound musky lures with no issues. I personally want a 17 or 18 foot Whaler when the money is right.

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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2023, 04:50:53 PM »
Mine had a 50hp. Still have it. Just a basket case sitting until I find time. Had it for about 40 years now. Been everywhere and done everything in it. A 17 would be nice but they are $$$$

I went a little bigger with twins and 500hp now. Hehe
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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2023, 05:16:24 AM »
Gregor welded lightweight

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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2023, 07:22:06 AM »
Gregor welded lightweight
Whats your reasoning?

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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2023, 12:38:21 PM »
Gregor definitely makes a good small boat, but good luck finding a used one in good shape. You donít see many come up for sale around here. Having had several aluminum boats over the years I prefer welded. I also like their hull design which seems to work pretty well in the typical puget sound chop. Their design planes easy and the bow is not too high to see over when tiller steered. I had a 15í bayrunner at one time with a 25hp tiller and it felt like you were running blind a lot of the time with the tall bow. It definitely needed a forward console. That would Iím sure help that design plane quicker too. Gregor makes a really good small fishing boat.

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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #37 on: September 04, 2023, 10:37:28 AM »
Gregor definitely makes a good small boat, but good luck finding a used one in good shape. You donít see many come up for sale around here. Having had several aluminum boats over the years I prefer welded. I also like their hull design which seems to work pretty well in the typical puget sound chop. Their design planes easy and the bow is not too high to see over when tiller steered. I had a 15í bayrunner at one time with a 25hp tiller and it felt like you were running blind a lot of the time with the tall bow. It definitely needed a forward console. That would Iím sure help that design plane quicker too. Gregor makes a really good small fishing boat.

We like welded boats but they're heavy as *censored*ty glass boats. Choose the right rivet boat, if your not pounding rocks they'll be fine for life
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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #38 on: September 04, 2023, 06:10:46 PM »
Gregor definitely makes a good small boat, but good luck finding a used one in good shape. You donít see many come up for sale around here. Having had several aluminum boats over the years I prefer welded. I also like their hull design which seems to work pretty well in the typical puget sound chop. Their design planes easy and the bow is not too high to see over when tiller steered. I had a 15í bayrunner at one time with a 25hp tiller and it felt like you were running blind a lot of the time with the tall bow. It definitely needed a forward console. That would Iím sure help that design plane quicker too. Gregor makes a really good small fishing boat.


I used Smart Tabs by Nauticus on my last three (under 15 ft) boats. They work great!

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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2023, 07:22:13 PM »
I picked up a newer 15 smoker-craft Alaskan
I took it out first time it was horrible
Put this on
Perfect
25hp Yamaha
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Re: The best small boat?
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2023, 10:16:42 AM »
I picked up a newer 15 smoker-craft Alaskan
I took it out first time it was horrible
Put this on
Perfect
25hp Yamaha

I run one of those on my 16í RH Pro-V.  The boat porpoised terribly when I first got it.  Raised the motor as far I thought I could get away with and that helped a bit, but not much.  Put the Doel-fin on and, night and day difference, hardly any bow rise at all unless I trim it up, completely solved the porpoise problem.

 


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