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I was wondering if anyone remembers a one-page article a few years back where they listed 2 or 3 boats under $10,000 that would

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  • I was wondering if anyone remembers a one-page article a few years back where they listed 2 or 3 boats under $10,000 that would

    I was wondering if anyone remembers a one-page article a few years back where they listed 2 or 3 boats under $10,000 that would make good starter fishing boats. If not, are there any recommendations? I'd prefer to get new so I could finance it, but if anyone has a better idea, have at it!

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    Look at the bass tracker boats. Think you can get a Bass Tracker Pro 16, with a 30HP motor, motor guide trolling motor, a lowrance fish finder, one interstate battery, and a trailer for about $8K.

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    • #3
      I'll have to second the Bass Tracker. I bought one a few years ago and thought it would fall apart but after 3 years of tough treatment it's held up pretty good. In fact, it's still good as new.

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      • #4
        I have that article saved somewere. I will go look for it shortly and get back to you.

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        • #5
          I found the one I was thinking about, but all the boats it compares are well over $10,000. I guess it isn't the same one you are talking about. Sorry I can't help. But I would go with one of the Bass Tracker boats.

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          • #6
            The season will be winding down in 'bout 6-weeks ... good sales abound at Bass Pro then, with special financing.

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            • #7
              craigs list

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              • #8
                Thank you for the expert ideas with the Bass tracker. I will target that, but I can fully appreciate craigslist and boattrader, etc will be a great place to look too from about September through early winter.

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                • #9
                  I'm on the "Bass Tracker" band wagon here too.

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                  • #10
                    Depending on where you are fishing and how much gear you want to carry. Lately I've been fishing from a friends kayak and love it. Kayak fishing has it's pros and cons of course. Some things to note obviously less expensive, Don't need a boat launch. You can't cover as much water, and you can't carry as much gear.

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                    • #11
                      Bass Tracker... I would strongly suggest a used boat... you get a lot more for your money. New boats seem to drop about 50% in value when you drive them off the lot. They litterally last forever if you take care of them. Also, when you buy a used boat, you can get or bargain for a ton of extra equipment that is EXPENSIVE new. Like anchor, flare kit, life jackets, rods, reels, lures, skis, ski rope, fish finders, etc. In the $10,000 range you can get one heck of a boat. As an example, I bought a used fiberglass Bass Tracker about 10 years ago. I re-carpeted it and had an upper motor rebuild on a 115 HP Merc. It came with lots of goodies... all in, to date I have I paid a grand total of $5,000 for the boat and all equipment and the rebuild. It still runs like a Champ and I continuously outfish $40,000 Rangers and Champions. The boat doesn't catch the fish... the fisherman does. With what finance charges are on a new boat, you could own one of these free and clear.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks DakotaMan. That's pretty helpful too!

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                        • #13
                          Agreed with DakotaMan and + 1 for you sir!!!

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