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Old 11-09-2015, 02:44 PM
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Default Looking to buy a flats boat.

I'm in the market for a fairly nice 17'-18' skiff. I'm looking to start fishing the flats more but want to still be able to fish bigger water safely. I've been wanting a Maverick real bad ( early to mid 2000's). Unfortunantly almost all the ones I found where sold already. I'm trying to stay under 28k. Would also be interested in a sterling or something in the same league. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Hewes 18-21. Action craft, ranger caymen 19-22.
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There are lots of good boats out there just depends what your needs are. I've had numerous flats skiffs and have liked them all but have ended up running a Maverick 18' and it's the most versatile boat I've found. It's hard to achieve but the boat does shallow water, poling/sight fishing and rough chop all really well. At least ride in a late model HPX before you decide what to get.
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I think if you want to fish "bigger water safely" then that is likely not going to cut it with a 17' skiff. Take a look at East Cape Vantage.....I am biased but it does just what you want.
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If you can get your hands on a used Action Craft 1720 or 1820 you would be doing yourself justice. Sometimes they are hard to come by though! Good luck.
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18 seahunter is a great, dry running, rough water flats boat. true draft is 9", and the boats were all built like the bigger boats (carbon/kevlar)
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Buy a late 90's master angler 17, you can find them for like 10 to 12k, look for one that has not been abused, no wood in those late 90s, even if you end up re powering you will be under your 28k, master angler 18 is also a great boat but I had a 17 footer and it was a beast, good luck
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Originally Posted by ifsteve View Post
I think if you want to fish "bigger water safely" then that is likely not going to cut it with a 17' skiff. Take a look at East Cape Vantage.....I am biased but it does just what you want.
Oh trust me I've looked at them very hard. Also the new model "evo". Both do exactly what I want and a very nice skiffs but are a little more than I'm looking to spend at the moment. But thanks for the input
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Originally Posted by Snapper888 View Post
If you can get your hands on a used Action Craft 1720 or 1820 you would be doing yourself justice. Sometimes they are hard to come by though! Good luck.
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Buy a late 90's master angler 17, you can find them for like 10 to 12k, look for one that has not been abused, no wood in those late 90s, even if you end up re powering you will be under your 28k, master angler 18 is also a great boat but I had a 17 footer and it was a beast, good luck
These are both good suggestions. I like the action craft for simplicity, just know it wont have the bells and whistles of a maverick HPX, but will also be cheaper.
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Check out release boats. Amazing boat. Built in south fl. Numerous guides in the south fl area use them, and they were to be used by law enforcement down here. Handles the chop like a champ. Have a friend with an action craft, and another with a hewes. I would rather fish on mine any day over theirs. Love mine.
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I will be looking for one once I retire...I love the old Silver Kings...get one and restore it..or any of the old ones...Capt Mark Krowka loves the 85 Maverick Master angler delux
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I would recommend the Action Craft 1720, 1820 or 1802. Solid all around boats.
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Check out Composite Research. i fished a Spyder FX19 awhile back. Nice boat.
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Looking for a small, technical flats boat that will fish big water is tough. I love my 16 chaos bonefish, it rides excellent in open water, for its size.

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