1448 or 1648 welded jon--which would you buy and why?

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1448 or 1648 welded jon--which would you buy and why?

Post by thebeatles67 » 20 Feb 2012, 20:31

Haven't quite made up my mind--the 1648 has the obvious 2 extra feet---can handle twice the HP of the 1448--up to a 50HP (though I won't be buying a motor anytime soon)--this is my first boat- I have a 55 acre pond I will be using quite a lot but Santee Cooper (Lake Marion) is less than 60 miles away---the 1648 adds another 60 pounds of weight or so but adds extra total weight capacity....both would seem to be rather stable with the exact same 48" width..........looking at a Tracker Grizzly with a Minn Kota 55 lb Edge trolling motor initially..any and all comments or suggestions very welcome....no money spent yet. Help a newbie make the right call. Thanks.

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Post by Johny25 » 20 Feb 2012, 20:35

I would go with the 1648 for the room and the ability to put more HP on it someday. Unless you fish alone then a 1448 would be fine. I always want more room it seems.
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Post by kkrueger » 20 Feb 2012, 20:59

I had a 1648 and loved it, but had to sell it. Then I got a smaller boat. What I learned was the smaller boat fit in my garage uncovered with all my gear in it ready to go. I found it was far easier to slip away for a few hours and fish. Often times I'd get home early from work the bigger boat and by the time I uncovered it, loaded gear and batteries, then reverse the process when I got home it almost wasn't worth it.

Of course you may have a different storage situation than me.

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Post by Jdholmes » 20 Feb 2012, 21:25

You'll be polking along pretty slow with just a 55 troller on a 1648...nice size though.

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Post by djchris » 20 Feb 2012, 21:34

i chose a 1448 over bigger ones because it fits in my driveway better and during the winter i can store it in my garage along with all my other toys...it's easier to pull and easier to manuver on the water. I had bigger boats but never seemed to like them all that much. you can get a 1448 for quite a bit less than a 16 footer.....i paid 3400 dollars for a 2008 that was still new just left over stock. that price was with trailer and out the door tax title and license. and i can pull it with my lil ol' s10 like its not even back there and still maintain decent fuel mileage.

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Post by UtahBassKicker » 20 Feb 2012, 22:00

1648. Bigger=Better in my opinion.

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Post by FishingBuds » 20 Feb 2012, 22:41

I have a 1436 that fits in a garage with two vehicles and a 1448 will too. I want and I'm waiting for the right deal on a 1448!

I love the 14 length, easy to load back on a trailer by yourself, I've borrowed a 16 footer before and I slowly quit borrowing it because of dreading loading it by myself.

Another issue I like is you can get through some tighter places that require you to turn tighter which works well on a 14'. When you add the 48" width it's a perfect one to two person boat.

BUT, on big waters I would have to have a 16', around me it's old pits and a 1448 works perfectly.
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Post by 200racing » 21 Feb 2012, 01:12

i vote 16ft

i tried to do it all out of my 14ft. fished 2 and 3 people at a time, ponds,lakes,creeks,rivers,jugging,bass tournaments. was perfect some of the time others times made you wish you weren't on the water. 2 peoples rods, gear and cooler fill it up fast and every pound hurts your speed.

16ft will do anything the 14ft will and more. you never know what the future holds and a 16 can be modded to do about anything.
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Post by thebeatles67 » 21 Feb 2012, 01:18

Thanks to all that responded so far------Looks about 50/50 so far with the responses. I was set on the 14ft until I read so much about the 16 and now Im tossing back and forth. Keep posting --thanks.

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Post by Jdholmes » 21 Feb 2012, 03:17

I'd for sure love to upgrade to a 16 when I can find a deal, but I have a motor...if you are just talking moving it with a troller, I just can't see that being enjoyable.

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Post by lovedr79 » 21 Feb 2012, 10:47

1648. I have a 1448 due to the deal I got on it, still would rather have the 1648
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Post by KevinWI » 21 Feb 2012, 14:42

That two extra feet makes a big difference in space...plus they are usually a little wider at the beam and a little deeper, can handle a larger motor and plenty of room for 3 people and a dog. I searched for 3 years looking for one in my price range....I could have gotten a 14', but I knew what I wanted...larger, more stable....roomy. I have a very small one car garage and have a trailer tongue that is hinged, so I can just swing the tongue back to allow it to fit in the garage. (and not have a knee banger either! :D ) it's the cat's ass.

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Post by djchris » 21 Feb 2012, 15:01

the grizzly 1448 and the 1648 are the same bottom width and top width.....only 2ft length differance

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Post by MrSimon » 22 Feb 2012, 12:23

I've had both sizes, and they are both nice.

Obviously the extra length is nice, but the layout can also make a big difference in fishability. My 1448 was a tiller and the 1648 had a side console. I fished three guys out of each boat, and the 1448 was better because the middle guy could fish out both sides without stumbling over the console.

With that said, given the choice of a 1448 and a 1648 with the same layout, I'd get the 1648 hands down! Boats look really big in the driveway, but they shrink fast when you put them on a lake.

Of course, storage issues and cost might keep you in the smaller boat, which would be fine too.

Oh, and I used the same trolling motor on both boats .... the difference wasn't really noticeable. Slow is slow :)
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Post by surfman » 22 Feb 2012, 14:56

Bigger is always better, the only reason to go smaller is because you have to.

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