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Old 09-13-2006, 03:53 PM
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I'm considering moving to the west coast (Vancouver or Victoria).

What's a decent boat for Salmon fishing and day trips for around that area? I'm partial to Aluminum.. Would a 20' - 22' aluminum be large enough.

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Take this for what its worth as a new resident of the Puget Sound. Most boats I have seen on the water are the 20-22 ft variety either cuddy cabin/walkaround or pilothouse. Popular brands are C-Dory, Arima and Trophy,Seaswirl with lots of exceptions. I think many are aluminum as that is a carry over from all the drift river fishing boats so the manufacturers make bigger also. Not a fan of most alloy boats but they are lighter,easily repairable and need less HP. Haven't made it that far north yet but the fishing is suppose to be awesome. So to answer your question, yes a 20 ish aluminum boat would be perfect.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:31 PM
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I think many are aluminum as that is a carry over from all the drift river fishing boats so the manufacturers make bigger also. Not a fan of most alloy boats but they are lighter,easily repairable and need less HP.
Partially true. The really bulletproof aluminum plate boats are an evolution primarily driven by commercial fishboat builders branching out into sportfishing markets. The lighter weight welded aluminum boats you see out on the sound evolved from the drift boat and river sled shops desiring to expand into the salt water market.

They really are two different styles of construction even though from initial outward appearance they may look to be the same.

That said, an aluminum 22 footer will serve you well and there are several builders in BC that can put a custom one together for you if you want the heavy duty style. If you want to go with a lighter, mass produced boat then try to get to the Seattle boat show this winter and you'll see lots of them.
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:53 PM
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There are several considerations about getting a boat that works well in West Coast waters and the first is chose a boat with a high freeboard. That’s prime. Realize the waves and swells in the area (Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia, Puget Sound, and up into the Inside Passage) can be hazardous to a low-freeboard boat.

Get a cuddy and then mount a canvas helm area cover or buy a boat that has an ‘Alaska’ type solid cover. It gets hot in the summer and you’ll need shade and, in the spring and fall months, it rains and you’ll not get wet.

Get a boat with wide, strong, gunnels so you can mount a downrigger and rod holders and that has provision for live bait and has fish lockers. Also get a boat with rocket launcher type rod holders. Most fishing in the PNW is with large (10-12 ft.) mooching rods and even broken down they’re hard to store.

Spend on a good GPS and sonar. For obvious traveling reasons but also because sometimes the fog is really dense.

Best thing I can suggest is to go to marinas where there’s a launching ramp and ask what the boat owners like or don’t about their boat.

I have a Bayliner 2002 Walkaround with a canvas enclosed helm area, two Scotty downriggers, raw water bait tank and fish wells and washdown. Power is a Suzuki 175 and, in good water, I can hit about 40-odd MPH but since the weather doesn’t always cooperate, I go at 3,000 rpm so the boat doesn’t bounce (and yes, I do have Bennett trim tabs).

If you do chose to move out here give me a yell. I live in White Rock and I am president of Brigantine Marine (no we don’t sell boats, we’re a service shop). And I have been fishing for salmon here in BC for 20 years.

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Old 09-14-2006, 10:32 AM
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Thanks for the information guys...

So something like this SilverStreak hardtop or Canvas would be pretty good?

http://www.silverstreakboats.com/mod...1-Runabout.pdf

I tell ya, real estate in that area is the biggest challenge right now... Vancouver has work, but housing is way too expensive, Victoria, not as much work (ferry to Vancouver) but housing is affordable.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:38 AM
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The classic NW fishing boat. This one is a North River, but there are lots of manufacturers with the same basic style. In BC there is Silver Streak, Eaglecraft, Lifetimer and some I'm forgetting.

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Old 09-14-2006, 10:33 PM
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Those North River are very nice boats, and surprisingly not too expensive.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:14 PM
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I fish from Willapa to above Port Hardy, inside and out. IF you move to the island, you will quickly find yourself on the outside. IMHO, there is nothing like a 40# King on light tackle in 40' of water in the surfline. Housing and work will fade away...too bad work pays for the boat. Eaglecraft, Silver Streak, Lifetime, bridgeview, liquid metal, all good quality local boats. I prefer alu as well. Check into the BC fishing boards, lots of locals w good advice.

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Old 09-15-2006, 12:56 AM
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I live on Vancouver Island and salmon fish lots and used to be a salmon fishing guide. I think boat choice for salmon fishing can depend on location you are fishing, whether you will trailer the boat throughout the west coast, whether you plan to go offshore, etc. I think the boats previously mentioned are all good. If you plan to fish throughout the west coast, and the inside passage, I would choose something I could go offshore in that's not a pig to tow and has cover. A Grady 208 or 226/228, Whaler conquest, Seasport, Arima, Seaswirl, Trophy, etc. I would choose aluminum over glass because I like to trailer and often on gravel roads, like to beach my boat sometimes and can get away with slightly less horsepower. I aluminum dealers I know of on Vancouver Island are: Eaglecraft (Campbell RIver), Wolf (Courtenay), NorthWest Aluminum (Victoria), Silver Streak (Sidney), Liquid Metal (Victoria). I think they all are pretty good with slight differences in aluminum alloys used, hull shape, cost, manufacturing methods, ride, etc. Enjoy the fishing up here, save some money for good electronics and tackle.
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I live slightly north.
The main thing as every one has said is cover, it's cold and it's hot and it's wet.
Aluminum all the way, your heading into the heart of the best builders'.
I run a Lifetimer 2700, couldn't be happier.
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Old 09-17-2006, 02:11 AM
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I live north of Everett and fish the Sound regularly. The most frequently seen boats are the Trophies in the 20 - 29 foot lengths. Mine is a Trophy model 2002 with extended hardtop which gives me sun cover and breeze on those hot summer days and enclosed when it's cold, raining, or rough. I see a good number of aluminum boats too and when the Sound isn't being a wash michine I'm sure they are nice. When the Sound is nasty high free-board is a must which many boats don't have so ya don't/shouldn't see them. Aluminum is forgiving and easily beached. Not so with fiberglass unless you don't care. I want some comfort, a feeling of security when the winds and tides turn the waters ugly (this happens often and quick), can easily mount downriggers, carry/ pull crab/shrimp pots, a place to pee with some bit of privacy(WA or cuddy), and trailer. The bigger the boat the fewer the launches. An excellent gps/fishfinder is a must (raymarine for me although there's probably more Furuno) and a radar is a not an option due to fog and early morning/late evening darkness and/or fog. Seasports are nice and the Northrivers too.
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there are harborcrafts made in canda. those have preflexed aluminum that is supposed to be stronger than most others. lifetimer is a good manufacturer also. i havent been on their bigger boats, but they are made in canada. i believe they are on vancouver island.

also, i use a 20 ft grady that does really well in the summer. i want to move to a pilot house though. i think that is important if you want to fish in the fall. i have a canvas top now, but the seating is only covered for two people. any others will be soaked riding in the seats at the stern if its windy.
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