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    Best boat for the money??
from boatless (  
8/29/2006 4:29:00 PM


 Not trying to open up a can of worms. But those of you with alot of boating experience what have you seen out there as the best mix of quality vs price? Value boat if you will, best bang for the buck


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   best boat from Jim (  8/29/2006 4:42:00 PM
 The best boat for the money is a 1 or 2 year old Triton, Ranger, Bass Cat, Champion or Skeeter. Garage kept and used regularly would be best. My 2 cents.

   my .02 from jb (  8/29/2006 4:52:00 PM
 Really any of them, as long as you can afford it. You can get a great boat or a money pit regardless of brand...

I can see the bashing now but personally i think my Nitro NX 882 has been a great value. I didnt break the bank buying it and in the 6 years i have had it the only thing i have had to fix was a livewell pump and do normal motor maint. Its never seen the inside of a shop and never broken down for any reason. i have upgraded things over the years like new lowrance electronics, minnkota tm and added a hot foot. Overall the boat has been great, it has taken every bit of abuse i can dish out. I run it on places like champlain and winni and run it very hard, i have lots of hours on the merc too. For what the boat cost me and the service i have gotten from it i feel i really got my money's worth. The best part is its paid for...

   Totally agree from KevinB (  8/29/2006 4:54:00 PM
 You can never go wrong with a Toon,Ranger or Skeeter.I Personally lean toward Triton,had had all 3 and the Toon is my favorite.Plus it depends on what size you are looking for also..

   My value pick.. from Triton Mike  8/29/2006 5:15:00 PM
 Best Value boat in all the boats that I have seen and ridden in would be Pro Craft. I think they look very sharp and is a good FISHING boat and are priced lower than the boats listed above. I've had a Triton for 8 years now and they have priced me out of boat market. I also hear good things about Blazer but I am not familiar with their boats.

T Mike

   Pro Craft from Spookchucker (  8/29/2006 5:28:00 PM
 Pro Craft is the best boat for the money, has the best livewell system, and a great fishing layout.

   I think it depends on.. from TrepMan (  8/29/2006 5:34:00 PM
 2 Key things in my mind if its used - 1) how much $$ you have to spend and how big a boat/motor you want to buy (i'd love a 21ft with a 250xb but could not afford more then $8k, so that blows that idea!) and 2) how did the original owner maintain it, along with the initial quality. For instance, as JB mentioned, I run a Nitro 700lx I bought used last year that is a '1999 model. Thing looks new, have not had a warranty item yet, everything works as it did the day out of the factory, and I paid cash at a great price.

New - I think none of the current crop of 18-21ft boats can be considered Bang for the Buck, as they are all too high priced with a huge depreciation out the door.

Just my 2 cents.

   Loaded Question from Sms (  8/29/2006 6:31:00 PM
 Best bang for the buck is very misleading. $35,000 is a great price for a $50,000 boat, but $21,000 for a $24,000 is not. So I would suggest you state the amount you're willing to spend and see what kind of boat that will buy. Once you find the boats in your price range, then let the fun begin to see which affords you the most features and best condition.

   Procraft again.... from Toonafish  8/29/2006 6:57:00 PM
 Have owned 2 of them and they are top notch fishing boats that do everything well for a bargain price. I miss my 190 Super Pro.... :(

   look at the boats for sale board from RobShaw  8/29/2006 7:07:00 PM
 Im selling an 05 Puma for cheaper than you will be able to find anywhere.

   Price Range from Ole Roy (  8/29/2006 8:23:00 PM
 There are more 35 thousand dollar boats for sale than you can stir with a stick. But boats in the 20 to 25 thousand range are scarce, they will bring more than there worth because the demand is there for that price range.

   ProCraft another time from Clay (  8/29/2006 8:27:00 PM
 Boatless, I bought my 1st. ProCraft about 5 months ago and flat enjoy it. The storage is awsome and is an extremely well rigged boat. The front deck looks like you could land a cessna on it, and everyone that has been in my boat has said it's one of the best fishing and handling boats they've ridden in. Like stated above, It's all on what you want and can spend. But for a new rig? ProCraft all the way.

   new boat for used price from hookem (  8/29/2006 9:32:00 PM
 Find the brand or brands you like in the size you want and price them with the options your looking for this is your starting point.Wait till the boat shows or end of year leftovers you see these on the board all the time. The boat show time will get you a good year end deal plus factory extended warranty about a 1500.00 to 2000.00 value. Now look for something you can live with may not be exactly the color you want and may lack a few options but you can usually add those. Counting the factory extended warranty I got a new $36000.00 19.5 ft loaded with a 200 Opti for $27000.00. Deals like this are out there if you have the time and patience. Good luck

   ProCraft Mike from Todd hamilton, Spotsticker ProStaff  8/30/2006 12:47:00 AM
 Now that has a good ring to it!!! I am with Mike, Spookchucker, Clay and Toonafish. You will not find more bang for the buck than with the Procraft boats. They are an awesome rig for the money. Let me know if you have any questions on the ProCraft lineup. Thanks Todd.

   Bang for the Buck from Ken (  8/30/2006 6:56:00 AM
 ChrisCraft, hands down.

   I agree with Jim ....................... from Jmac (  8/30/2006 8:21:00 AM
 Those would be my top five new or used.

   2003 tr 186 from Lucky Al  8/30/2006 1:12:00 PM
 I bought mine when it was a year old, and it had just 30 hours on the motor, according to the owner. I believe him. The boat did not have a single scratch on it, he was in a position to get it serviced when needed. I paid $19,000 around 12/04. I did spend some money adding a jackplate and upgrading the depthfinder to a 332C, etc.,and I am very satisfied with it. I get a lot of compliments on it also. I might add, it took me about 3 months to find it. Buy around the end of the year, or early in the year for your best deal!

   Used Boat from CougarCat (  8/30/2006 10:50:00 PM
 So you think it would be relatively easy to sell my 2004 Cougar with 2003 Yamaha 225 for $25k. Only problem is I would then go out and spend $35 to 40k for a new one.

   Boston Whaler from Roby (  8/31/2006 8:59:00 AM
  Hands down. You pay for them but the boats last dang near forever, even in saltwater.

   Be$t boat for the money... from Chattahoochee (  8/31/2006 7:53:00 PM
 Since it appears to be trolling season, here's my $0.02

Best boat for the money hands down is your buddies boat. It doesn't matter what he has, you let him pay for it, store it, gas it, clean it, repair it, sell it, replace it, and call you to fish out of it. You can't beat that with a 10 foot pole.




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