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Old 07-07-2016, 11:37 PM
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so I've discovered this week that I can no longer sit in the boat for long. We currently have a 16ft Crestliner with a 40hp Johnson tiller and subfloor. It's been a solid boat being a 91. Dad bought it in 93 used. It's seen lots of rough waves. Motor has run flawlessly over the years. The subfloor has been completely replaced with new plywood and marine carpeting. The paint is a little faded but she's been a tough boat.


In my opinion Crestliner has one of if not the most solid hulls for an aluminum boat. I remember about 1995 when it broke free of the dock in a storm and was thrown sideways against a 5' wall of sharp rock with 5' rollers crashing into it broadside all night. We expected to only salvage the engine the following morning. To our surprise it escaped with only a tiny dent after pounding on the rocks for 8 hrs.

Really though it's getting to be too small for our family. Ideally I'd love to have an 18ft aluminum with a side drive and around a 115hp engine but not in the immediate future until we have a better idea on what's going on with me. So for now it's either I give up boating entirely or look for something that I can comfortably use for the next few years to still get out fishing and pull the kids around in the tube.

Yes, we have 4 kids but it's very rare that they are all in the boat at the same time. If I could install a side drive on my boat I'd be happy. Its running a tiller that I have a hard time with now. I'm starting to look around for something under 5k that would be suitable.

I'm still at camp till Sunday but when we get back into town I may go look at this.....

It's the same size as my Crestliner but with the side drive. And the 50 hp engine would pull the tube better. I've also been tossing around the idea of something more like this. .....
There's pluses and minuses to that one as well. More comfortable but also more costly to operate and maintain. I don't want to have to buy stocks in an oil company just to go boating. Seems that every time dad took his out when he had a 19ft fiberglass it was 3/4 of a tank of fuel. Plus for fishing you lose a lot of casting room with a full windshield.

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Bigger and heavier boat = more gas. No way around that.
But it also means more room and more comfort. It's all a trade off.
But when you are going to live with something for a long time I would look far and wide. Travel to get the right boat for you. From what you described a Pontoon would be nice for your family. It could provide shade on the water when you have to canopy open. Plenty of room for casting on front and room for all. Seats are very comfortable on them also.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:17 AM
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You read my mind. A pontoon is definitely in our future. Here lies the dilemma. Pontoon would be perfect for camp. But a smaller boat is also a necessity for fishing may long weekend when I'm launching off the side of a dirt road 4 feet down a bank into shallow water. Also need something to haul the tube.

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Sounds like you are going to be a two boat family. That works since you already have the one.
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Yes. Or another option is a nice deck boat. All the comfort of a pontoon with a regular boat hull and plenty of power to get up on step to pull the tube.

Something similar to this.

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Slight change of plans. I've decided that for now I'm going to keep the crestliner unless a good deal comes along. What I will do though is replace the seats with more modern comfortable ones.

I had been looking at replacing the seats in the golf cart anyway. So now the plan is to take the best two from the boat and put them in the golf cart. Then get new ones for the boat.

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Sounds like a good plan. New seats are a lot less expensive than a new boat!

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The Crestliner will stay the same for now. I'm going to hold off on seats for it and plan on a new used deck boat. One stop shop so to speak. Comfort of a pontoon with enough room for the family. Boat hull so it will get up on step and cruise. Enough power to pull a tube. Something like this.

Details on this one.....2002 22ft with a 150. Enough seating for 10.

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I may decide later this week to see if I can swing it at the bank to pick this up. The next few days are going to be crazy with appointments. Ideally this setup would be perfect for us. And the nice thing about where we camp is that they're in the process of installing floating docks at both ends of the camp. So I could get a slot and just leave it in the water. I'd want an automatic bilge pump if I did that though.

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I agree. Automatic bilge is a must, and pretty standard now days, easy to add.
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just had a rain last week drained about 200 gallons o water out of my whaler
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Arrange a ride on her first before you part with your cash. Deck boats are nice no doubt about it but due to their hull design they may be the provide he most pounding, roughest ride of any boat bar none.
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That's kinda what I was thinking. Not entirely sure which way to go.
Option 1. Keep the 16ft for fishing and tubing and get a pontoon for the family.
Option 2. Sell the 16ft. Get something a little bigger with a side drive and skip the pontoon.
Option 3. Sell the 16ft and get a deck boat.

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Arrange a ride on her first before you part with your cash. Deck boats are nice no doubt about it but due to their hull design they may be the provide he most pounding, roughest ride of any boat bar none.
While I have never owned a deck boat, I suspect they consume more fuel than a traditional boat or pontoon boat. Bob
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So I hadn't given much thought to the boat seeing as we're in the middle of winter till I saw an ad on kijiji locally. This guy is looking for something a little smaller. I went to look at it today. It's a 16ft crestliner with 90hp mariner. The paint is a little rough but the hull is in good shape. The interior is in great shape for the year. So I may be doing an even trade in the spring for mine. They are both about the same age from what I can tell but this will be way more comfortable for me and more room for the kids. If I do the deal I'll be giving it a paint job.
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Sounds like a great deal for both of you. Everyone gets what they need.
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The open bow adds a lot of useable space for passengers. Makes it more fun and easier to plane off if the motor is straining to plane (by moving a couple to the front).
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Yes. Thats why I was looking for something with either open bow or just a side drive. But if I can get into something like this with very little money involved then I'll be happy. Mine is in good shape. Comparable to this one. It's got a bracket for a kicker motor on the back so thats where my trolling motor will go. No built in fuel tank or livewell to worry about. I'll be installing an automatic bilge pump though. It will be a few months though before i get it.
The hull as I said is in good shape but the paint is basically all gone from the bottom so someone obviously trailered a lot down dirt roads. The trailer is heavy duty with rollers but homemade. I may keep my trailer as it's an easyloader depending on weather or not it can hold this one.
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