duck boat ....16' or 18'

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, and Motors' started by scauper, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. scauper

    scauper New Member

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    I'm wanting to buy either a 16' or 18' duck boat that I can use on inland lakes and Lake Erie.&nbsp; I owned a 16' Lyman that I hunted Sandusky Bay and off Magee with and fished off West Sister for Walleye but that was in my younger (and dumber) days.&nbsp; My buddy keeps telling me that a 18' is too big for the inland lakes and I would feel more comfortable with the 18 on Erie.&nbsp; I've looked at pictures of the Lund Alaskan 18' but have heard that not all dealers have them on site.&nbsp; I looked at pictures of the Crestliner "Canadian" 18' boat.....like the splash pan on it but it's beam is only 75" compared to the Lund's (80" or 81")&nbsp; the Crestliner's maximum cockpit depth is 21" and I think the Lund is deeper and has a heavier hull thickness.<br> <br> Bo, you have a 18' Lund, what do you think?&nbsp; Is there a better boat out there that a guy can hunt ducks and catch perch &amp; walleyes out of and also run it in the inland lakes?&nbsp; Thinking of going with 4 stroke 60 hp Tiller w/power Trim.&nbsp; Is it possible to put a 15 hp kicker on the 18' Lund?<br> <br> What do you guys think?<br> <br> Thanks!<br> <br> Scauper<br>
     
  2. Aythya

    Aythya Active Member

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    <P>IMHO.... If you're going to go 18'....you might as well go with the 20'.<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/wink.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>&nbsp; I had an 1880 Lowe, Deep-V and it was a great boat... powered with a 50hp Johnson.&nbsp; It took the worst that I ever wanted to be in and would have handled more... if I had less sense.&nbsp; BUT, once I got into my partner's 20'er.. no comparison!&nbsp; I now have a 22' Crestliner....DEEP-V and I don't regret going bigger. The only issue that I have with it is it's size when&nbsp; hunting alone.&nbsp; The 18' wasn't a problem and the 20' would be easily managed going solo, but the massive amount of freeboard that I have on the 22'er makes it a little tricky picking up.....plus the turning radius is for $H.....<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/wink.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>&nbsp; 20'er with a tiller 70hp will run as fast as you'll really want to go...as for the kicker on the 18'... I would say smaller, but some will disagree.</P>
     

  3. scauper

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    Bo,<br> <br> Thanks!......Good point about fitting the garage.....I can squeeze in the 18' but no way the 20'.&nbsp; The extra margin of safety with the twenty on the big lake keeps talking in my left year, though.&nbsp; Do you know of any dealer that have these on display?&nbsp; Pictures &amp; spec's don't always tell the story.<br> <br> Scauper<br>
     
  4. bandseeker

    bandseeker New Member

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    I think that burroughs marine in clyde deals them, I would call around first though
     
  5. Aythya

    Aythya Active Member

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    No... Harry doesn't sell Lund, but Lowe boats..... all the same company though Lowe stopped making their 18' Deep-v utility a few years ago.&nbsp; Why sell&nbsp;a $3K hull when they can get you in a Lund for a LITTLE more.&nbsp; <br> Check out Moore's Best Buy (formerly Johnson's) in PC... they have several Lunds in stock and they'll make you a great deal on them.....<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><br>
     
  6. robert

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    DEALER OFF 53 IN PC HAS THEM ON SITE
     
  7. ERNEST

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    &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br> <br> erie bay harbor marina &amp; sales&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; summit street erie, mi&nbsp; right across the ohio line,&nbsp;I got&nbsp;my 20 ft alaskan there last year. They sell lund and sylvan&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> &nbsp; 1 734 848 4550&nbsp;&nbsp; they had 18 alaskans last i was there.<br>
     
  8. gastj

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    <P>We have a 18.5 in sylvan with a 85in. beam and would never go smaller.&nbsp; Open middle and flat deck for working off in front.&nbsp; Double gun wells and all welded&nbsp;in rivots and double patches in stress points.&nbsp; &nbsp;It rides like a catty at full speed even in chop.&nbsp; We need a bigger motor (only have a 20h.p.), but that is the only problem.&nbsp; It hulls some deeks!</P>