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Old 07-07-2011, 10:18 AM
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older 162 scout would be a good one...
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by 8086bruce View Post
Buy a plain V14' lund or alumacraft with a tiller 15-25hp and when your done with it you'll get all your money back.
Alumacraft with a 20 hp.... does decent in the chop, will pull a skier/knee-boarder all day long on less than 10 gallons of gas.

Spent many summers in my youth in an alumacraft.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:56 AM
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I've got an 2001 Edgewater 135 ST that I'm about to sell with a Yamaha F40. Super stable and filled with foam with a reliable engine. I was thinking of keeping it for my kids first boat. Let me know if you're interested.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by savagegibson View Post
I've got an 2001 Edgewater 135 ST that I'm about to sell with a Yamaha F40. Super stable and filled with foam with a reliable engine. I was thinking of keeping it for my kids first boat. Let me know if you're interested.
Not trying to insult you or your boat, but unless you're looking to sell it for $2k or less, I wouldn't be interested. ....just way more boat, upkeep and maintenance than I want.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:31 AM
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13 whaler. Shallow draft, unsinkable, I don't think its that heavy. Not having to worry about forgetting the plug is a huge bonus when talking about kids. Dad bought his back in 1980, still has it, and my kid will get it some day.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by runabout View Post
Not trying to insult you or your boat, but unless you're looking to sell it for $2k or less, I wouldn't be interested. ....just way more boat, upkeep and maintenance than I want.
No worries. I just thought I'd throw it out there. I haven't really even started to try to sell it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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My 21 Dixie BlueFin was a real good instructor....
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:17 PM
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My kids grew up in whalers. 11' supersport or whaler 13. Or if you think you will use it get a 17' Montauk. When it comes to price you can't beat resale of a whaler. The only problem is they are hard to find. I still have all of mine, probaly give them to my adult kids at some point
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:26 PM
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http://capriceboats.com/12__SKIFF.html

this guy is local to u in riviera beach, he hand makes them, i bot my 10 yr old one for his bday, he ran it for a yr with an electric trolling motor, then i put a 9.9hp tiller on it and he ran it till he was 12 and i moved him up to a 17'. for 1100 bucks u cant go wrong. its foam filled and not a flat bottom
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:06 PM
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When I was a kid a friend of mine had a 14' Hobie (I think made by Hobie Cat) with a 30hp that was a lot of fun. I saw one in Bradenton a few months ago for about $2,000. It wasn't in the greatest shape (had a cooler for a seat) but came with a trailer. I'll be in that area tommorrow so ill swing by and see if it's still there if interested?
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:16 PM
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You haven't said (that I saw) where your kids will be using this boat. I think that has a lot to do with making an adequate suggestion.

As for the kids smashing up a fiberglass boat....they should be trained better than that before you let them leave the dock alone. They shouldn't be learning boat handling by themselves. I was on a 11 Whaler, 13 Whaler, 16' Flats Boat, then a 16' Wahoo (along with a Cougar Cub and a lot of friends 15' Whalers) as a kid, from the time I was around 13 on, just about every weekend, year-round. I knew how to drive a boat before I left the dock alone. I can't think back at any instance where I did something to the fiberglass that was even noticeable. I assure you I wasn't babying the boat...dad got more than a few phone calls about stupid stuff I was doing. I knew enough not to hit stuff though.

Bottom line, if you seriously think they are going to crash, they don't belong on the water.

Personally, I'd want the stability and tracking of a Whaler-style fiberglass hull, or a rigid inflatable...just incase something bad happens. They ought to have to graduate from the USCGA or Power Squadron Safety Course too....
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:43 PM
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If you don't want tiller steer find an old Ski Barge say 16 or 18 feet with a modest motor. A lot like a carolina skiff in design maybe cheaper since they don't make them any more. We used to rent them, they took a lot of abuse each year and kept going.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by savagegibson View Post
I've got an 2001 Edgewater 135 ST that I'm about to sell with a Yamaha F40. Super stable and filled with foam with a reliable engine. I was thinking of keeping it for my kids first boat. Let me know if you're interested.
I am interested, how much would you sell for?
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:45 PM
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Something different: Fliver! I believe the molds (or maybe a few sets) are bouncing around in SW FL.



Or, if you want the kids to feel some responsibility for it, build something with them like MiniMax (small, sporty, not particularly versatile) or a Bolger Diablo (opposite of all those things).

Minimax:


Diablo:
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:12 PM
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We had a 8ft unsinkable dingy with a 2hp mariner tiller on it when I was 8 and my broker 7 or so. When we were 13 or so we built a 14 ft wood skiff with a 25 merc 2 stroker tiller. Any boat, even non-planing is better than no boat at that age.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by runabout View Post
No thanks !!!! I would be the one doing the tinkering and that's what I don't want. I have my own boat to maintain, I just want something like I stated above.....simple and easy, use it and hose it off.
the tinkering things I did were upgrades. Trolling motors, new leaning post livewell, electronics..

The 1720 got its ass beat and took it like a champ.
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