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Old 03-19-2011, 03:04 AM
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Hello everyone, new to the forums, was wondering if anyone has any experience with Lowe Boats. Specifically the all welded RV190 Bay. Or any aluminum all weld boats comparable. I've been unable to find much information on manufacturer's websites regarding pricing or long term reports. Looking to buy in next 2-3 months. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:20 AM
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Don't know the model you question but I had a 16.5' Lowe for years (welded) and would buy another in a heartbeat. Where I used the boat on the Delaware River was quick rocky and I was always comfortable that the quality of construction and the heavy guage metal that the boat would (and did) standup very well.
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Hi and Welcome to THT. I own a 2007 Lowe FM 185 with a Mercury Verado 150 and absolutely love it. I have run my boat quite a bit on Lake Erie and in some snotty conditions and it performs quite well and fishes like a much larger boat. Most that have fished with me have been very impressed with it and have commented on the fact that it is the dryest aluminum deep V that they have been in. While my boat is not the one you are looking at it is a Lowe.

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Thanks for the info guys. The boat style I'm looking at is more of a utility jon, not a deep V. That being said, is there really that much of a difference in a 5 degree hull to an 8 degree hull? I'm primarily going to be fishing on saltwater flats from 1 to 5 feet. The area I'm in can be really rocky which is why I'm willing to give up some comfort in exchange for strength and shallow draft.
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I understand what you are looking at is more of a jon boat that said I was pointing out that Lowe builds a very tough welded aluminum boat and you will be very happy with it.
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I have had a Lowe 16 Big Jon for 20 years. It is a riveted boat but 've never had a leak. The first 12 years I ran it in mostly fresh water(Nanticoke River). The last 8 have been in salt(Indian River, DE) and boat actually stays in the water for 6 mo. It sees some pretty good chop and gets run hard but never a boat issue. Now ethanol and my 20 year old Tohatsu is another story. Anyway Lowe used to build a pretty tough boat and hopefully they still do.
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Thanks to everyone for their input, now I gotta see about a test run. Too bad the nearest dealer in over 100 miles away!
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I had the 1467wt and loved it, was a nice little boat too bad wife didnt like seating to low to the water, or I wouldve still had it. Sold it last yr. I would look at buying a leftover model. GL
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Default I Miss her tho, caught some nice stripers and blues off her

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Yeah I've been looking for used ones online, no luck so far. Seems as though not many people are selling their Lowe Boats. Any one know of some good websites to look at? I've been searching boattrader.com and iboats.com, but don't really know of any others to scan.
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That's the thing about Lowe boats. Once someone buy's them they usually dont' sell them. Your best bet might be to contact Lowe marine dealers and ask if they have any trade in boats but that will be like looking for a needle in the haystack. Good luck in your search.
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They are on the 'lower end' of an 'entry level' boat. If one was to fish the coast, or Great Lakes on the regular basis, they would surely want to invest in a higher quality boat/hull.
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There are many different boats made for different peoples needs and uses. But occasionally someone talks about certain manufacturers of boats they know nothing about. For someone to bash anothers boat shows lack of class.

People spend their hard earned money on the boat of THEIR CHOICE and needs also availablity of service geographically. Not on what someone else thinks.

Lower end and Entry level are not even close to describing a Lowe boat.

Lowe boats is not in the coastal or Great Lakes boat building business that doesn't mean they don't make a boat that can't handle the conditions.

Besides the OP isn't looking for a coastal or GL boat anyway. He said looking to fish in saltwater flats from 1' to 5'. I simply made comment to the quality of Lowe and stated so.
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I've owned just about every brand of boat made in the last 35 years, including Lowe. Lower end, and entry level describes Lowe perfectly.

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I've owned just about every brand of boat made in the last 35 years, including Lowe. Lower end, and entry level describes Lowe perfectly.

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While I too have owned quite a few boats for over 35 years and have fished many types of waters there is no way you have owned "just about EVERY brand of boat made in the last 35 years" Hmmm I guess you have purchased a boat about every 3-6 months over the last 35 years

Why don't you stop being a Troll and crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under. But I guess you do best at showing your LOW CLASS as you have been in all of your posts on THT.
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Good boat for the money

I have the 16' triple wide w/50 Johnson......I fish ICW and creeks. Pick and choose my days and I will go out Rich inlet to troll for spanish or drift. I've been out about 3 miles. I trust the boat. All depends what you are going to use the boat for.
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While I too have owned quite a few boats for over 35 years and have fished many types of waters there is no way you have owned "just about EVERY brand of boat made in the last 35 years" Hmmm I guess you have purchased a boat about every 3-6 months over the last 35 years

Why don't you stop being a Troll and crawl back under the rock you crawled out from under. But I guess you do best at showing your LOW CLASS as you have been in all of your posts on THT.
There is nothing wrong with owning an entry level boat. You make it sound like there is. We all started somewhere, and it's nice that you have a boat.

I Guarantee you that I've owned more boats in the last 35 years than you would, or could own in five or six lifetimes. You, sir (and I use that term loosely), are a blowhard. Go back to being a pro on every subject till your head swells up and you can't get out of your mother's basement.
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So go ahead and show us some pictures of your Lowe boat? I still love how you like to stalk and be a Troll and for the sake of what? Want to bash me go right ahead and give it your best shot. All you do is make yourself look like a low class fool and doing a nice job of it too I might add
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Would you consider someone that makes a few trips to Lake Erie, catches no fish, but stops at fish cleaning stations and asks those that did catch fish if he could get some pictures of himself holding those fish, then posts them on multiple fishing forums saying he caught them, and then decides he is a Lake Erie pro and starts giving info on how to fish that body of water, a Low(e) class fool, as well?

Because I know for a fact this is what you do, and have done it numerous times. You are a buffoon.
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You are a little man with a little mind and obviously have nothing better to do than to stalk those around the internet that you are jealous of. How sad very very sad and miserable you must be.
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