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Old 01-27-2013, 02:06 PM
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Hey guys.

I'm a 100% newbie to the forum and to boating. We bought a camper in September 2011 and this past summer was our first camping season. We camp at least once a month at Smith Point from April-October and I couldn't help but notice a variety of small boats in the bay.

Ideally, I'd like to find a boat that can seat about 4 people. A rowboat is fine and if I can attach a small motor that is good too.

All I'm looking for is something that floats that I could take my niece and nephews out on for a little stroll. I haven't fished in years but I guess it's possible I could get into it again. The boat would basically only be used at Smith Point when camping.

Any ideas?
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I would look for a little aluminum boat....maybe a 14 foot Starcraft. Light, economical, inexpensive and almost maintenance free..
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i have not been there in 20 years. did they build a proper ramp?
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i have not been there in 20 years. did they build a proper ramp?
I wouldn't know a proper ramp if it bit me.
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There's a nice ramp right at the foot of the Smiths Point bridge. Last right before the bridge. You'll need a permit and Green Key card.
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I would look for a little aluminum boat....maybe a 14 foot Starcraft. Light, economical, inexpensive and almost maintenance free..
Add a 5 to 9.9 HP it and have fun. No need to worry about all the shallows in the area and when you want to just run it up on the beach. Add a pair of oars and you and the kids can explore the islands and creeks. Don't foreget the Deepwoods Off.
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I have a 16 ft. Starcraft aluminum boat with a 2007 yamaha 20hp four stroke on it...the motor has less than ten hours...I am located in moriches area if your interested...
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I was just at the Hartford Boat Show, and discovered this really cool folding boat..it's called Porta-bote
Porta-bote.com
It's a great alternative to a dinghy... No painting the bottom, no rips or tears, folds down to 4/5 inches.,
Because you camp you can put it on your roof, like a surfboard .. Get a little 4/5 hp engine and you're all set
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Thanks guys. I've actually been looking at the Portabote since this will be a camping activity. When you're towing a camper it's kind of hard to tow a boat trailer too. Even if we brought a second vehicle along to tow a boat then we run into registration problems when checking in to the campground because you can only have two vehicles and they consider a boat trailer as a vehicle.

The Portabote might be a great option because it's something we could fold up and transport in the pickup bed.
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I have a 16' mirrocraft for sale. It needs TLC. Trailer has new tires/axle/hubs/jack in 2010. Boat had new floor in 2009. No motor $500 firm (trailer is worth that).

Trailer is "overbuilt" it's not a dinky POS

Here is is when it was clean. Now it's got a good batch of leaves and dirt from this fall/winter. An hours worth will make it look like this again. Console needs to be replaced.
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I grew up in that area. My family has a house just off patasquash creek just across the narrows from smith point. As a teenager I ruled the waters from the smith point bridge to the moriches inlet from a 14' aluminum boat with a 1960 10 horse johnson on the back of it. There was not a nook or cranny anywhere I did not explore. It was easy enough for a pair of 14 year olds to handle and we beached it anywhere. I think a setup just like that would do you just fine.
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LIC, How far from the water is the campsite(s)?

There's (fixed hull, not folding) boats that are small enough to go on top of the camper (assuming it's a pop up) or on racks on the car/truck.

Every pic on their website shows millpond conditions. If you're going to be in a large body of water, you might want a little more boat between you, the kids and the water.

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