Biopope Posted July 13, 2021 Report Share Posted July 13, 2021 I have been saving some coin for a few years and am nearly ready to pull the trigger on a new boat or new to me boat. I plan to own my next boat for 15-20 years. I would appreciate some input from those with these boats as well as other regarding buying in general. My fishing consists of fishing lake and rivers (50%), back lakes/flats (40%) main bay and passes (10%). Obviously, trailering is something I do quite a bit due to the mix. I would like to buy a Redfisher 18 or Action Craft 19. New, they are around the same price. Gently used and less than 2 years old, there are more Redfishers than Action Crafts. I am not chomping at the bit and can wait for a boat to come onto the market or order one. From what I have noticed from recent boats put on the market, I could get a Redfisher for $40K w/ less than 100hrs. While supporting a family, this would be ideal. I have quotes from dealers for $48-56K with the following options (I am amazed at the variance in quotes): Jackplate 8' Power Pole Windshield and grabrail on console Yamaha F115 SHO No poling platform (I use a trolling motor and fish alone most of the time) On either boat, I would like to get the 115. The reduced weight would allow me to reduce draft since I am fishing in less than 18" quite a bit. Sometimes I am fishing in 12" of water. I would like to get some input regarding the pros and cons of buying new or used and pros and cons of both boats from owners or those experienced in fishing these boats. Important aspects for me are: Ride Draft Storage Fit and finish (wiring and components included) Structural integrity and longevity (I will own it for a long time) I have been on the Redfisher, but not the Action Craft. I am also in Texas and would like some input of buying out of state or remaining in state. I teach biology and have a family. I don't have a lot of wiggle room and have been diligent in saving money to make this happen. This will be a very important purchase for me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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