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Is there any aluminum bay boats with a shallow draft that you could safely fish on saltwater 2 or 3 feet waves? Between 18 and 22 feet long?
I want a boat I can fish on a lake or river and also be able to fish 3 o 4 miles off the shore. Don't want to have to buy 2 boats....1 for each application.
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I like some of the Sea Ark "Bay Extreme" boats, and Alumacraft/Xpress make similar stuff too. You probably won't be running too fast in 2-3 footers with any bay boat though, there just isn't enough deadrise on most of them to not pound you to death.
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Define what you consider shallow draft
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Originally Posted by SimonAdventum View Post
Is there any aluminum bay boats with a shallow draft that you could safely fish on saltwater 2 or 3 feet waves? Between 18 and 22 feet long?
I want a boat I can fish on a lake or river and also be able to fish 3 o 4 miles off the shore. Don't want to have to buy 2 boats....1 for each application.
Metalshark boats produces a 25’ bay boat built to their military grade standards.
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Originally Posted by SimonAdventum View Post
Is there any aluminum bay boats with a shallow draft that you could safely fish on saltwater 2 or 3 feet waves? Between 18 and 22 feet long?
I want a boat I can fish on a lake or river and also be able to fish 3 o 4 miles off the shore. Don't want to have to buy 2 boats....1 for each application.
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Define what you consider shallow draft
10 to 12 inches max
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Buy a 22’ Pathfinder.
He said he wanted an aluminum boat.
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Originally Posted by SimonAdventum View Post
Is there any aluminum bay boats with a shallow draft that you could safely fish on saltwater 2 or 3 feet waves? Between 18 and 22 feet long?
I want a boat I can fish on a lake or river and also be able to fish 3 o 4 miles off the shore. Don't want to have to buy 2 boats....1 for each application.
Xpress, Sea Ark, G3,
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I want no part of any true 3 footer in a tin can. Sorry.

Bay chop is one thing, and I’ve considered one for inshore Tampa Bay, but if you really want to fish offshore in legit 3 footers you need to be looking at a different style of boat.
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I personally own a SeaArk Bay Extreme 220 and it is a tank. I have had it offshore numerous times with no problems and it floats shallow enough for most applications. The best part is if it bumps the bottom so what, it’s aluminum. I’ve owned about every type of boat over the years and there is no one boat for everything, but my Seaark is the one boat I have kept the longest and use the most because of its versatility.
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Second this, or Alaskan, 18 or 20' if you want Steering Controls.

Hewescraft Open Fisherman CC, 180 or 200.

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Ok, so far these are my top 4, I appreciate all the comments. Thanks!
1. Xpress X-Bay 21
2. Excel 203 Bay Pro
3. SeaArk 2072 VFX or Bx 220
4. Ranger RP 190
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I can't afford one yet, but love these. Self bailing too.
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Originally Posted by SimonAdventum View Post
Ok, so far these are my top 4, I appreciate all the comments. Thanks!
1. Xpress X-Bay 21
2. Excel 203 Bay Pro
3. SeaArk 2072 VFX or Bx 220
4. Ranger RP 190
The Xpress and Excel were on my list before I bought my SeaArk 2072 vfx. I chose it because a common theme in the reviews I read were that they were "built like a tank" and the toughest aluminum boat outside of custom built rigs. Never read any reviews about broken welds with SeaArk. I have had it true 2s and maybe slightly larger around the north jetties in Galveston. Slow was the way to go but never felt unsafe. Doubt any glass bay boats of similar size would've been any different. If you go with SeaArk I recommend asking for a Marine Master aluminum trailer. I have read lots of bad things about the B&M trailers some come with.


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I've thought about going this route too.After seeing some of the prices,why go aluminum over fiberglass for lake,bay,or near shore fishing?
I don't mean to hijack this thread,but you guys seem like you know what your talking about.
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Been running an RB190 for a little over a year in fresh water, Lake Erie. I don't go out in 3' waves so I can't comment on how this boat might handle them (it does have a 14.2 degree dead rise). It is foam filled and as a consequence,, doesn't feel like an aluminum boat. When I'm in choppy water it booms right through the waves vs aluminum boats I've had bang in the waves and tend to get kicked around, not the RB190. Plus it has a ton of storage all of which is water proof. I had the Yamaha 115 SHO and the boat really moved. Biggest negative is the live well is located under the center console bench seat. Bit of a PIA to get to if you use a live well frequently.
I liked the Sea Ark but there are no dealers in my neck of the woods.
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Originally Posted by bryan28 View Post
The Xpress and Excel were on my list before I bought my SeaArk 2072 vfx. I chose it because a common theme in the reviews I read were that they were "built like a tank" and the toughest aluminum boat outside of custom built rigs. Never read any reviews about broken welds with SeaArk. I have had it true 2s and maybe slightly larger around the north jetties in Galveston. Slow was the way to go but never felt unsafe. Doubt any glass bay boats of similar size would've been any different. If you go with SeaArk I recommend asking for a Marine Master aluminum trailer. I have read lots of bad things about the B&M trailers some come with.


I love this boat but too rough for bay and inland as well as offshore waters much of the time.

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