Fishing Boat for 4

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Fishing Boat for 4

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Hi All,

Having a hard time visualizing the various plans even when looking at build threads. Hoping you can help shed some light on my path forward!

I’ve been studying FS17, PH16/18, OB17/19 and Salt Boatworks 18. All seem to have trade offs.

Im looking for a hull that can best do the following:

- will be used in lakes around Oklahoma and Texas, possibility of future move to north Florida, Carolina’s or Jersey but that’s long term. We just recently moved from Naples and sold our skiff, we should have brought it with us.

- can be built and stored in a single car garage (I have a 3 car to use sporadically during the build but not for long term storage)

- can comfortably fish 2 people and have a bow trolling motor mounted

- can cruise/sandbar with 4 adults and have a transom swim platform

- runs a 90hp motor or less, ideally would be a 30-50hp for economy

Open to all suggestions but hoping there’s a specific hull that really fits this use case?
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Need more detail about seakeeping. Where fishing?
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fallguy1000 wrote: Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:02 pm Need more detail about seakeeping. Where fishing?
Updated original Post

Will be used in lakes around Oklahoma and Texas, possibility of future move to north Florida, Carolina’s or Jersey but that’s long term. We just recently moved from Naples and sold our skiff, we should have brought it with us.

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Tell us about the skiff you sold. What did you like and not like about it? That might give us a little more info to work with.
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18'
8' beam

First two advisements

Unless you want to pole shallow water?
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Fuzz wrote: Sun Aug 14, 2022 5:43 pm Tell us about the skiff you sold. What did you like and not like about it? That might give us a little more info to work with.
Also welcome to the fun :wink:
It was a 16’ flat bottom work skiff called a “griffis skiff 16’ wide side console”. It had a 30hp 4 stroke tohatsu with remote start, a minn Kota trolling motor and a nice front casting platform .

Really liked that it wasn’t a show boat so I didn’t worry about using it, loved the trolling motor and the lower HP because it still ran 25mph with good fuel.

Didn’t like the side console because it was a bit cramped and blocked part of the access to the water. Also didn’t like that it was flat bottom, I need something that handles chop more comfortably. I would have liked a rear casting platform too and it didn’t have a swim ladder so that sucked.

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fallguy1000 wrote: Sun Aug 14, 2022 6:03 pm 18'
8' beam

First two advisements

Unless you want to pole shallow water?
Unfortunately no shallow water to pole in Oklahoma.

The boats on my list that get close to your recommendation are the PH18, OB19 and salt boatworks 18. I think the wider beam would be nice to have for passengers and swimming etc. Any hull recommendations that Im missing?

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I would recommend two boats for you the OB17 and the FS17. Both will be good with a 50HP motor and are V-hulled. Both can go offshore if you want and can handle pretty nasty waves. There have been plenty of both built so it is sort of 50/50 and depends on your preference. Both have advantages and disadvantages. If you look at the study plans there is not much difference between them, do not look at hull weight as the FS17 is for the very basic hull. Good luck on your decision, both of these boats are easy to build and come together fairly easily. The OB17 has a little more height on the insides.

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TomW1 wrote: Sun Aug 14, 2022 8:52 pm I would recommend two boats for you the OB17 and the FS17. Both will be good with a 50HP motor and are V-hulled. Both can go offshore if you want and can handle pretty nasty waves. There have been plenty of both built so it is sort of 50/50 and depends on your preference. Both have advantages and disadvantages. If you look at the study plans there is not much difference between them, do not look at hull weight as the FS17 is for the very basic hull. Good luck on your decision, both of these boats are easy to build and come together fairly easily. The OB17 has a little more height on the insides.

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Thanks Tom. It seems the FS17 has a wider max beam but the OB17 has more beam overall? Meaning the OB17 is a “bigger” boat?

It seems like the FS17 would be a great fishing boat but the OB17 might be a bit better for friends and swimming but can also fish?

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Another option that would fit much of your wish list is the Nina 22 , it will weigh in at 950 lb so in the weight range of the others so material cost wont will be about the same , the beam is not as wide as the others but you get 3' to 5' more length , big +s are a 30 to 50 hp motor and option for a jump cabin . Put a 30 hp on her for Ok and Texas , and go 50 hp when you move to a coastal area , and it,s a goo fit for North Fl.

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