Considering getting a boat (my first)

Discussion in 'LOCAL SOUTH CAROLINA TALK' started by harper81, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. harper81

    harper81 Member

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    I have been thinking about this for awhile and I can't see me fishing another year from the bank. I am looking for advice on where I could find a cheap boat. I am looking for 2 things, it floats and it runs. I am looking to spend $1K or less so the newspaper is not helping me any. I figure this would need to be a personal deal to get a boat in my price range. So if anyone has any ideas or knows someone that has a cheap boat please let me know.
     
  2. catlow37

    catlow37 Member

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    I don't think that you will kind a boat that fits both of those catagories for that price. If you don't won't to spend no less than that on a boat, I suggest a small john boat with a troling motor.
     

  3. Bambu

    Bambu New Member

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    keep looking there out there, lots of old tri hulls and such for around that price, im looking myself , try riding around and looking, ive found alot like that alot of people dont putem in the papers, i would say stay away from the jon boats unless you plan to fish calm water, just my opinion
     
  4. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    "keep looking there out there, lots of old tri hulls and such for around that price,"

    Ditto. Now, for that kind of money you don't get new, but with some careful shopping you should be able to find one with mostly cosmetic problems. Try "Craigs List", I have seen many a deal on there.

    Here is one to look at,
    http://columbia.craigslist.org/boa/600137688.html
     
  5. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    I would check Craigslist and E-Bay. You might also want to place an ad in the paper letting readers know what you want. There may be a reader who has an old boat sitting around that they may just give you (just the boat - no motor, etc.). Then buy a trolling motor or a small used outboard. If you can't find anything for under $1000 you might work a deal by offering to mow their yard for a couple months or go shopping for them (especially if elderly). Just a few ideas. Good luck!
     
  6. dudley-1

    dudley-1 New Member

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    Harper,I'd try to stick with a aluminum boat,easier to pull,can get by with less horsepower and the wateree river rocks wont be as hard on it.Ive read your post on the wateree river,you dont see many fiberglass boats in there especially up towards lugoff.You probally wont find the exact boat that fits you so you may can find just the boat now and a motor later,and in the meantime rig the boat to fit HARPER.Good luck on finding one and if I see something up this way I will holler at you.I'd say you could get by with a 14 ft wide jon boat.I wouldnt want one of the narrow models,they might be ok for ponds or small lakes but not for me on big lakes and rivers.
     
  7. harper81

    harper81 Member

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    Ideally I would like to find an aluminum boat since I'll be in the river mostly. Plus I own cars, so the tow rating is not very high so I need something light. But if something comes along that fits the price category, runs, and floats I am not going to turn it down.
     
  8. martygreen

    martygreen Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hey Bill,here is a ad that is in the Rock Hill Herald paper today,thought you may be interested in it,i know its higher than you said,but its sound like a fair deal and may be just what ya need.
    It reads- 14' Jon boat,w/trailor,15hp Johnson w/electric start,runs well,$1250,803-366-4853
    Hope this helps,would be great for the wateree river where ya fish,good luck in your search:wink:
     
  9. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Yes, with the economy such as it is, there's lotsa rich folks selling their "toys" to save their homes. Cash is king right now. Follow Craig's list daily and you will swoop up a deal. You should absolutely be able to find a boat in your price range. I'd jump on the above mentioned deal.
    BB in SC
     
  10. tigman

    tigman New Member

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    Bill, I just bought a boat off Craig's list. I found a nice 14' Lund with a 9.9hp motor.
     
  11. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    I have a rule around here-bare minum 1000.-should have 15-18 though.....Not sayin it aint out there either my first boat was 500.00-good luck,dont get ansey and look hard!Youll find it!
     
  12. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Hang in there and just keep looking . I found a 16' boat with a 18 horse motor and trailer for $1200 not long ago. It was an older riveted boat but fixed up nice. Good luck!
     
  13. droptine77

    droptine77 New Member

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  14. harper81

    harper81 Member

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    That does like nice. I guess i did this out of order. I should have got the money, trailer hitch for my car then started looking. Hopefully it will still be around in a few weeks when I get everything in order. Thanks everyone for all the help. I didn't even think about craigslist. There is a lot of boats on there so I should be able to find something that fits the bill.
     
  15. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    "...there's lotsa rich folks selling their "toys" to save their homes..."

    Very well said!

    It is truly a buyers market, and that does not just apply to houses. Luxuries like boats are being let go, and rising gas prices do not help matters. Luckily for you that you are the "buyer".

    Be PATIENT! Take your time and keep your eyes peeled. It is not going to get better overnight!
     
  16. recatfish

    recatfish New Member

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    looking thur iwanna paper ashevlle nc saw a few boats in it that looked like pretty good deals might want to check it out
     
  17. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    Yep the iwanna paper are great. There's always some 5 to 900 dollar boats in there. You can also go to there site. Just search iwanna I think.
     
  18. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    i looked for almost a year, finally found one on craigs list. bought it and changed the title to day. so keep looking
     
  19. captinparker

    captinparker New Member

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    I'll keep an eye open. I run across a deal every now & then