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Son is looking for an older flats boat, late 90 + or - a little in the 10k range, 16 or 17 footer. Redfisher or tailfisher. Will be using in Charlotte Harbor most of the time, flats and mangroves. Which has a better and drier ride as it can get pretty choppy there. My understanding and correct me if wrong, tailfisher has a tunnel hull and knock the **** out of you at times. Some say can jar your teeth loose on this forum.  Redfisher drier and better in chop. Any advantages of one over the other. Please make suggestions on these two or other you may suggest. NO project boats. Turn key if possible. Thanks much, 😀fin

 

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Go with the Redfisher. If you were fishing marshes, protected waters, etc. then the tunnel. If the weather turns nasty and you have to make a run across an open bay, tabs down, Redfisher all the way. There was a nice one for sale on Miami's Craigslist for around $9,000.

They dropped down to $8,000

https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/boa/d/homestead-1999-hewes-bayfisher-16-brand/6901141243.html

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1 hour ago, SouthernWake said:

“150hp ficht” I’d pass on that one. Had it been carbed it would be a good candidate.

Agreed, especially if it is a 99! If you can get the boat for a good price < $8,500 and sell the motor with the rebuild papers for around $1,500 and find a good used motor of choice you could walk away with a good boat at or slightly above price range. Honestly, its not the best time of year to buy, however good deals are still out there. 

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21 minutes ago, MuddyBottomBluz said:

Agreed, especially if it is a 99! If you can get the boat for a good price < $8,500 and sell the motor with the rebuild papers for around $1,500 and find a good used motor of choice you could walk away with a good boat at or slightly above price range. Honestly, its not the best time of year to buy, however good deals are still out there. 

The injectors might be worth more than the whole motor!

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