Flat Bottom Boat

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  1. Marsh Man
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    I have a chance to buy a 12 ft. Flat Bottom Aluminum Boat. Can anyone tell me how the stability is? I will be fishing in Lakes up to a mile long. How are they when it is windy? Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. R. Kennedy

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    Waat is the beam on the boat, and how big are you? The 12 Jon boats I am familiar with are extremely tender.
     
  3. gonzo
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    They pound if you want to go fast and are a bit wet. However, stability is better than a canoe.
     
  4. Marsh Man
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    The Flat Bottom I am looking at has a 48" Beam and I weigh 180LBS.

    The boat has 4 Strakes running the full length and it seems to be up a bit in the front. The name on the side of the boat is Esponado.

    I will usually have my brother with me and he weighs 200LBS.

    The guy wants to sell me the boat, 4HP Mariner Outboard 2 Stroke looks almost new and a boat trailer for $1000.00 CDN, about 800US.

    What do you think
     
  5. bobber
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    usually quite rough if the water picks up, have a habit of slamming into waves and not cutting them. stable at speeds as long as it isnt too rough, but with 4hp, i doubt your looking to go fast. at rest with 4 foot beam it should be fine.
    be light and easy to move around, do get wet though, especially if it has a flat bow, which i assume it does. 4hp and 400lb on board, plus your gear, the engine itself and over a trip the water you will build up onboard, is going to be slow going. and probably not going at all if your trying to go head on into a wind, depends what you want from it in terms of performance.
     
  6. Marsh Man
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    Bobber;

    is it worth $800 US including motor. I will be fishing on small to med size inland lakes maybe 1/2 to 3/4 mile long at best?
     
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    id say so yeah, if thats all you need. obviously check the engine first.
    dont think you can complain at that price.
     
  8. gonzo
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    I run a 12' flat bottom boat with three people and a cat. In protected waters we do about 5MPH with a 3HP motor.
     
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    saying that, i had a 10foot sniper, which was flat bottomed, and a 3.5hp mariner on it. it was slow going, especially in open waters, but with just me on board and nothing else but 5 gallons of fuel and the engine, it was a lot of fun, and would pick up and nip along. that was my first boat, or first boat other than canal boats, and i loved it. but as usual, needed bigger and bigger and been through a few since, but for the money and the use you want, probably ideal. Thats one thing i miss about the old sniper, and the later Metzler inflatable. You could just pick it up and carry it to the waters edge. with the RIB i have now, you obviously need slip ways, or 4x4s to get it down beaches etc, so launching is harder, and you are more limited to where you can go. i guess its a comprimise though.
     

  10. Marsh Man
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    Thanks Bobber you have been a big help.
     
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