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Old 12-01-2020, 05:37 PM
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Hey guys, I'm looking for a small boat recommendation. I have a 23' Sea Hunt dry stacked in the MHC area. I have a family of 4 and I like the Sea Hunt for running and fishing outside, hosting others that come along, etc. However, I sort of like the idea of a small, no frills option to dump in wherever and fish solo or with the kids inshore. Something to take the family out in on nice days and beach it without worry at sand dollar, shack, etc. Something to teach the kids on, something I'm not as terrified to scratch, or feel the need to wash everytime I use it.

I'm looking used, don't want to spend a lot. Don't mind something older so long as it's solid. Would prefer a 4 stroke I think. Would like to maybe get something made local. Been looking at the JB Bateau, Maycraft 1800s, Coastal Skiffs, etc. Not sure exactly about hull design preference in terms of skiff vs something like the Maycraft 1800. Looking for input on that. I certainly like the idea of getting skinny, beaching it, and so on. I have the Sea Hunt for going outside and rougher days.

Would appreciate any thoughts and things to keep an eye on. I'm in no hurry, just want to know what maybe to hone in on and keep an eye out for in case something decent pops up. Appreciate the input
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There was an older Whaler - I think a Dauntless or a Montauk? It only looked to be an 18 , in the yard at Town Creek Marina a few months ago, with a for sale sign stuck on it. - engine was obviously newer than the boat , and it was pretty "bare bones". Given the unsinkable nature - and assuming that A: they didn't advertise it anywhere other than the sign you wouldn't notice unless you walked by the boat and B: they want "old boat" and not "classic whaler" pricing ... it could be a good deal!
I actually thought about calling, but my bride wasn't keen on adopting a "baby brother" for our Dauntless...

Maybe worth the drive over to check it out!
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Originally Posted by Puddlejockey View Post
There was an older Whaler - I think a Dauntless or a Montauk? It only looked to be an 18 , in the yard at Town Creek Marina a few months ago, with a for sale sign stuck on it. - engine was obviously newer than the boat , and it was pretty "bare bones". Given the unsinkable nature - and assuming that A: they didn't advertise it anywhere other than the sign you wouldn't notice unless you walked by the boat and B: they want "old boat" and not "classic whaler" pricing ... it could be a good deal!
I actually thought about calling, but my bride wasn't keen on adopting a "baby brother" for our Dauntless...

Maybe worth the drive over to check it out!
Thanks for the heads up. If the forecast improves, we're supposed to be out there this weekend and actually at City Kitchen too. So I'll poke around and see if it's still there. I think my preference is still to buy something locally made, not sure why, just think it would be cool
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Also have a 23 Sea Hunt in MHC area. No problem fishing solo if you choose, easy to beach with the family, very versatile. That said I have a Jones Bro bateau that is primarily a duck boat, great for skinny water and seaworthy in winter weather if you pay attention to the forecasts.
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Find a flat bottom like a Bay Runner, Intruder or Bay Rider and call it it a day
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As long as you know what you're getting into with a flat bottom, its hard to beat an Intruder, Bateau, or a Bayrider for all-purpose inshore duties in this area. A bay boat is a nice step-up in ride quality, but you start to lose some of the shallow water access and simplicity, IMO. My Intruder will get you into majority of the skinny water you want to go, with the exception of some super shallow, low-tide bays. I still end up on the ground occassionally, though.

https://www.intruderboats.com/boat-model/20-intruder/
https://www.jonesbrothersmarine.com/jbm_bateau_20.htm
https://www.kencraftboats.com/bayrider-2060/
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Originally Posted by Clarkspoon View Post
Also have a 23 Sea Hunt in MHC area. No problem fishing solo if you choose, easy to beach with the family, very versatile. That said I have a Jones Bro bateau that is primarily a duck boat, great for skinny water and seaworthy in winter weather if you pay attention to the forecasts.
Yes, I have been really happy with our 234. I have a 2015 with the 200. We take it to Cape Lookout, Shack, etc and anchor up no problem. It really is fine for all our needs. I just for some reason have the urge to get something smaller that I don't care as much about. Something that I would truly beach and push back off. Something that's a little easier to take out solo and get a little skinnier. We also keep looking for a second home in the area, and many of the places we look have shallow access, or small private ramps. And something smaller would lend itself well to all that.

You seem to have the exact combo I'm thinking about. I'm not into duck hunting, but would like something to explore more with that gets skinnier than the 234 and I won't worry as much about cleaning, waxing, not scratching, etc
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Maycraft Cape Classic
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I run my Riddick Bayrunner all over the place. Inshore, off the beach, up thru the pamlico and couldn't be happier. Now it is a skiff and does have some skiff tendencies, but all in all its a awesome boat imo.
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Originally Posted by timberman1979 View Post
Maycraft Cape Classic
So the Maycrafts have caught my eye too as I see quite a few. Cape Classic probably starts getting pretty close to the Sea Hunt I would think in terms of form factor. I'm looking for something a bit smaller and can get skinnier. I'd be curious what people think about an 1800/1900 vs a skiff.

Other boat that looks interesting is the Coastal Skiff 184 and 212 skiffs. They seem to be well liked on the forum. A little cheaper in terms of price and features, but I'm looking for no frills to a degree
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Much cheaper and hassle free to go with an aluminum Jon boat than one of the fiberglass skiffs.

Should also look into C-Hawk and Maycraft. Both are fairly no frills boats with good reputation than can be had for way less than others.
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Originally Posted by ECU_Pirate View Post
Much cheaper and hassle free to go with an aluminum Jon boat than one of the fiberglass skiffs.

Should also look into C-Hawk and Maycraft. Both are fairly no frills boats with good reputation than can be had for way less than others.
Yes, I don't want to spend a lot. Maycraft pricing is certainly cheaper, and I like that. Same with the Coastal Skiff. I understand that the Jones Brothers are probably nice. But to a degree, this is purely a no frills "beater" I'm looking for.
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Originally Posted by Joemannnnn View Post
You seem to have the exact combo I'm thinking about. I'm not into duck hunting, but would like something to explore more with that gets skinnier than the 234 and I won't worry as much about cleaning, waxing, not scratching, etc
If I cleaned or waxed the duck boat if would probably flare all the ducks - they like dull green finishes!!
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Tracker aluminum, can be found cheap and take a beating from beaching.

https://www.boattrader.com/boat/2004...m-175-7672025/

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I have a 18 foot may-craft skiff and it is great for inshore fishing. Very economical to purchase and operate. Much drier ride than my previous boat -- a dlx carolina skiff.
Can't get May-craft to answer any questions via email however. I tried 4 times over the years and they will not respond to questions.
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Originally Posted by Joemannnnn View Post
Yes, I don't want to spend a lot. Maycraft pricing is certainly cheaper, and I like that. Same with the Coastal Skiff. I understand that the Jones Brothers are probably nice. But to a degree, this is purely a no frills "beater" I'm looking for.
Seaark, war eagle, and some other brands make really tough aluminum jons that will take anything you throw at them. They are much lighter then their fiberglass counterparts. Makes them easier to tow and launch. No waxing or anything like that required either. Can even get them in bay boat configuration that will still get shallow but handle a chop slightly better due to a deeper V.
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Originally Posted by ECU_Pirate View Post
Seaark, war eagle, and some other brands make really tough aluminum jons that will take anything you throw at them. They are much lighter then their fiberglass counterparts. Makes them easier to tow and launch. No waxing or anything like that required either. Can even get them in bay boat configuration that will still get shallow but handle a chop slightly better due to a deeper V.
I'm liking this idea myself. If I could get a BPS tracker with sprayed on bed liner-type material v. carpet, I would go for that. Those boats are all welded so no rivets to worry about. Just wondering if galvanic corrosion is more of an issue? I know several headboats locally are aluminum, but they are much thicker. Guess it is all in how you have them grounded? AK McCallum is a local source for many different aluminum hulls and has a wide variety of styles.


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