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Old 01-22-2014, 01:23 AM
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Default What alluminum bay/marsh boat to buy?

I have a small,17 foot, aluminum boat with a 70 Yamaha that I use to putt putt around the marsh. I'm thinking of taking it north and replacing it with a larger, more stable, 21+ foot aluminum boat that might even be big enough to take to the islands. I know I'm going to be asked why not get a fiberglass bay boat and the answer is I just want a low maintenance boat. Suggestions?
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AMERICAN ALUMINUM! Call ole Alex up and tell him what you want to get. He'll make anything you want
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A local builder here "BoatRight" has a solid alloy boat that is well regarded.

http://www.boatrightmarine.com/

Might look at them for comparisons...

John
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Not sure of budget or time frame but American Aluminum HAS TO BE NUMBER ONE on the list if you want to go the custom route. If looking for more of a production boat, Xpress bay boats tend to be really nice. Wide and stable, which also makes them draw less water for getting all up in there chasing those Coco reds. Lowe also makes a new 22 Bay. Havent seen one up close but looks nice from the road.

Check out the Boat show in Houma this weekend, Im sure there will be quite a few to look over.
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Scully Aluminum Boats in Morgan City, LA
This is their 22' bay boat configuration...


http://scullysaluminumboats.com/

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Don't see much in aluminum around here beyond center-console flatboats or various workboats and custom rigs. Much more common in other parts of the country (like the Great Lakes). I also wanted a boat that could handle overnight trips to the barrier islands in 1-2 footers as well as get into shallow water and serve as a "duck camp" at the mouth of the river. Settled on a 19' StarCraft Islander cuddy (21' including motor bracket). I even have a small AC unit in the cabin for summer sleeping - powered by a small Honda generator that sits on the transom. I have the boat all set up with a top that covers the whole cockpit with either mosquito net sides (or plastic for cold rainy weather.) I've done a lot to the rig since these pics were taken, including re-powering with an Opti 150 ProXS. I designed and built a flatboat rack with a winch that lets me crank up a little 14 footer over the stern (and pirogues). I have stern mounts for either a 9.9 outboard or my mud motor. The boat is very light - great for trailering and can run in 16-18" of water - great for running downriver but it gets kicked around offshore in anything over 2 footers. Two people can live on the boat for a few days quite comfortably. I can take some more current pics if you're interested.
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I have a small 15 ft aluminum bateau w/ a 40 that I use now in the marsh and previously had a 16 ft custom aluminum bateau w/ a 85. Both worked well for either marsh fishing and or duck hunting but I would be afraid of going much larger without starting to limit the areas I can get to. I was thinking 17 ft x 54" next go around.
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http://www.pacificboats.com/1925/cc.php
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I've always been impressed with Sea Ark aluminum boats. Heavy aluminum, wide, and stable. They are built like tanks and offer several interior layout options - side console, center console, etc. They even have a "bay boat" configuration with a good bit of interior storage.
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That's a loaded question?

do you want a semi-v hull or flat boat?
do you want to chase reds in the marsh?
center console, tiller, side console, walk through windshield?
Production Boat or Custom?


Budget?
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you could easily do it with a 22' Express bay boat with a 150 on it. That's our "near shore" rig and it handles very well, gets very skinny. If you're looking for something with a deeper vee, this might not be the boat for you
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Hanko, Scully, American all good boats.

Great people over at Scully's. They had a bunch of hulls in stock last time I was working down in Morgan City.

The hulls were ready to be finished inside with whatever layout and options you want.

Good luck.

I've spent a good bit of time on both Scully and Hanko crew boats, heavy duty.

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Sportsman Fab also make nice boats
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I use an Xpress 18 but will one day go to a Gravois, American Aluminum or other heavier custom aluminum. Saw a Scotty Broussard 3/16th tunnel hull couple weeks ago. Merc 225 on 20' - very wide. Guy said he could get up and run in 6" of water. It was a CC and very simple. Loved it!
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Stephen,

If you want a custom build let me know. I know someone who is good and VERY reasonable.

He has posted some of his work on here too (pics).

Good luck on the search!

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I am a fan of Gaudet's.........total custom and a little more affordable than some others.........(all being fine boats for sure)
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I have fished a 21' Xpress CC a bunch of times and it is really nice.
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Tim's Custom Flats in St. Bernard Louisiana .......best boat I have ever owned.
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Tim's Custom Flats in St. Bernard Louisiana .......best boat I have ever owned.
I don't think they around anymore

eta; maybe they are...... http://customboatmfg.com/index.html
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Thanks for all the suggestions... I'm going to look into them this weekend.

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