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CodyPomeroy
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azekologi wrote: For me, the best part of owning a small tinny...not having to pay that monthly "glitter mortgage" for more of a boat than I want/need.

I think this thread makes my signature ring true; "buy the smallest boat you can be comfortable on, not the biggest boat you can afford".

:beer: Cheers to us! :beer:
+1 on the $. Also, if the motor needs work (mine is only 6hp) you don't need a hoist to remove it, or have to take the whole boat to the shop. When I painted my trailer I just unloaded the boat and my wife and I lifted it off. I have even put into a pond that didn't have a ramp. I just pulled it onto the ground and shoved it in and used the winch to pull it back on the trailer.

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Buddychrist
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Even with my spinal problem if I had to I could have my 100lb wife lift my 25hp 2 stroke mercury off of my boat

They sip gas like no other for sure

And if they get a hole it's just a simple fix

Cheap and easy just how I like it! My SeaPro is nice but I can't just go man handling a 19' boat like I used to before I was injured. I've gotta have a fishing buddy if I want to take that beast out but even then that 115hp 4 stroke mercury is good on gas

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I agree with everyone else, the 12' MirroCraft I have is a blast, especially with the 6-HP motor I got for it. What fun and I hope to keep it in good shape for my kids and maybe their kids to play with someday.

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Money may be a driving force in getting a small boat but in the long run there have to be other reasons for keeping it because if you start making changes, the expense of a small boat is about the same as one about 50% bigger.

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nlester wrote:Money may be a driving force in getting a small boat but in the long run there have to be other reasons for keeping it because if you start making changes, the expense of a small boat is about the same as one about 50% bigger.
14' mirrocraft with a 25hp mercury $1,500 trade

19' SeaPro with a 115hp mercury $14,500

Don't think I'm gonna put $13,000 in a tin man

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10' boat, motor, trailer about 12 - 1500 dollars.
16' bass tracker, motor & tralier about $2500.

10'er can be launched almost anywhere, 16'er needs a ramp.

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I had to go with a 14' because of my spinal injury my right leg is about 50% since my sciatic nerve is being pinched.

If I was on a 10' I would be in the water real quick because I'm not longer stable on my feet

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Here's another plus: In times of sever weather I can get my boat and both cars in the garage.

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It's not the size of the boat but if it fits your needs. My 10'er is really limited by the weather and the size of the water. If my friends did not have bigger boats, I would because part of fishing is being with friends. They have been good to me. My little boat is a way to get on the water on my own. it is a choice that fits my needs. One day I expect my needs to change.

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CodyPomeroy wrote:Here's another plus: In times of sever weather I can get my boat and both cars in the garage.
I gotta agree with this one - it's awesome to be able to stuff two small cars and a 12' boat and trailer into a 22x25' garage and still have room for all the "usual garage crap" when there's a few feet of snow on the ground.

Very nice not to have a storage unit bill monthly, a shrink-wrapped boat stuck behind a building in the elements, or having to beg storage for it somewhere reasonably close.

(Still doesn't help, I want a 16'er now... :lol: )
Keepin' the wet side down.

1955 AeroCraft P / 15Hp Johnson

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I got oars when I first got the boat, primarily because I only had a trolling motor at the start and I might need the oars for backup if my battery ran out of juice. I would strap the oars to the sides of the boat when they were not in use but they were still akward.

I bought a kayak paddle to use for tight places. It is handy when launching or landing the boat and I can fish with the kayak paddle sitting in my lap when I am drifting in and out of the brush along the bank. It works perfect when I am sitting in the front seat of my 10' jon boat. I can slip the rod into a rod holder and quickly small course corrections. If I take the the elecric trolling motor as well as the gasoline outboard, I break the kayak paddle down and it fits out of the way behind the back seat ready for emergencies.

The only time that I take the oars out any more is for small ponds when I leave both motors at home. I still take the kayak paddle to use in tight places and use the oars to get get from point to point.

Small boats can be limiting but they give you a lot of options also.

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I am on vacation at Hot Springs Village and rented a 14 Jon Boat with a 9 hp outboard. It felt big and intemedating. I am use to my 10' with a 2.5 hp. The rented boat was very stable with lots of room but it felt awkward and over powered. Mostly I kept it around 5 - 6 mph but I took it up on plane a few times to see what it felt like. It was nice to be to stand up and move around. Maybe in a few years but for now I appreciate the compactness and slowness of my 10'.

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nlester wrote:I am on vacation at Hot Springs Village and rented a 14 Jon Boat with a 9 hp outboard. It felt big and intemedating. I am use to my 10' with a 2.5 hp. The rented boat was very stable with lots of room but it felt awkward and over powered. Mostly I kept it around 5 - 6 mph but I took it up on plane a few times to see what it felt like. It was nice to be to stand up and move around. Maybe in a few years but for now I appreciate the compactness and slowness of my 10'.
My 14' has a 25hp and that little thing will scoot pretty quick.

It takes a long time to get used to going so fast in a small boat but after doing hours of 50+ on my 19' and 70+ on the jet ski I used to own I am completely comfortable.

It's safe to go fast as long as you know how to control it at those speeds.

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My next tin build will be a 1964 square back aluminum canoe. I'll be able to load it myself and go to the smaller lakes. I am making it electric with a wood canoe paddle for back up. I'll post pictures once I get it going.

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