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Old 12-17-2019, 06:26 PM
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Can someone kindly give me the rundown on who makes a good 17-18’ aluminum flatbottom boat for shallow Galveston Bay fishing? I feel pretty well informed with FG boats but I am not that familiar with their ugly cousins.. From what I gather Seaark’s are good while Tracker’s meh.. Also is a tunnel recommended? sponsons? Looking only at CC models..

also I have been told dont get a V style if you want to gig as it tracks bad. True? Make sense but curious. Not really planning to gig as my buddy has one set up for that but you never know.

Lastly , does a slight V model ride that much better than a true flat bottom? I have a rough water boat for the big stuff - this will be a protected waters rig.
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Long Beach custom boats out of Long Beach Mississippi
Old 12-17-2019, 07:54 PM
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check out Sabine Skiffs. Depending how you plan on fishing, it could be a good choice. They’re very stealthy for aluminum. There are a bunch that run around G Bay. They’re built right...but be prepared to $pay$ for the craftsmanship.
Old 12-17-2019, 08:23 PM
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Need to add that I’m looking at used so I am kind of limited to local inventory.
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Just how shallow will you be operating boat? Finding a used cc tunnel that isn’t beat up will be a chore and expensive if it’s solid. Flat will beat any semi v getting up in shallow water:2”-6”. Will need fixed or adjustable trim tabs + a cupped 4 blade ss prop. What’s budget for this animal?
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10-20k. I have seen some nice late model alwelds,alumacrafts etc for 15ish. You can get a brand new lowe or G3 for 20 with trailer and 70 FS yammy. I want bare bones for the most part.
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I had a G3 1860 with 90hp Yamaha 4 banger that I really liked. It checked most of my boxes and a lot of yours, too. The boat was fairly solid and could get very skinny for reds. It was built for freshwater and I had to make some changes for the salt: replaced the painted Bear trailer with an aluminum trailer, upgraded the nice looking camo cloth console seat with marine grade vinyl in an earth color (so's I could still be stealthy). I was very religious about rinsing with freshwater and that helped keep things going, but if I had not sold it to buy a bigger bay boat to run the open water, I would have upgraded the electrical connections and swapped out the "black" trolling motor for a "white" one that was saltwater rated. Never had an issue with those things, but I knew that in time the salt would have taken their toll.
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I have owned every boat named in this thread. Sea Ark is the best production hull out there. I would not take another G3 for free.
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
I have owned every boat named in this thread. Sea Ark is the best production hull out there. I would not take another G3 for free.
I app the advice - would you mind sharing what you don't like about the G3? There a lot of them available around these parts is why I ask.
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I have been in your position...started with aluminum g3. Didnt have any real issues with the boat.....i just hated the aluminum. It will burn your ass in the summer and they just arent all that fun to look at. For 10-20k, you could get a nice little hewes redfisher or the like. I just picked up a used Chaos bonefish for about 16k ( 07, 90 yamaha with 80 hours mint)....the boat is beautiful. Alum boats are fine and have their place...i just like a pretty boat so im biased.
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
I app the advice - would you mind sharing what you don't like about the G3? There a lot of them available around these parts is why I ask.
Stress cracks, broken welds under bulkheads are the primary complaints.
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In my opinion if your looking for a used aluminum boat I'd look for the custom made boats. Theyre normally thicker aluminum and made better.
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I like my war eagle 860. Its not flat bottom though. 12° deadrise so it rides decent for what it is and it handles really well while going 30+mph. I've unintentionally had it in less than a foot of water. That reminds me that I need to get a push pole lol. I plan on repainting it and putting sea dek down. I think a light color interior with sea dek would go a long way to keeping it cooler. Mines side console but you can get it in center.




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