I've read these forums for years actually. Mostly looking for fishing reports for various Texas water bodies and tips for such water bodies. I decided to actually become a member recently but I just want to say thanks off the bat for the great amount of help this community has provided to me in becoming in a better and more educated angler.
I'm looking to buy my first glass boat and I'm looking in the pre-owned market. I've only owned jon boats up to this point and am looking to get into fishing bass competitively in smaller circuits and also upgrading the boat in general. I've read the advice on getting the biggest boat you can however, but, I don't feel I really need to go 80mph on a 22 ft boat with a 250 to be happy. I think a 115-150 2-smoker on a 17-19 foot boat will suit me fine for my first true "bass" boat. And quite honestly, sometimes I love just fishing jigs for bluegills, redear and crappie more than bass. Anyway, that's a little of my background.
My priorities on the boat (mostly OB) are that it be, in this order-
1. Reliable. Reliable. Reliable - this is a must above all. I don't care about fuel economy or even performance to a certain extent. Cruising on buddy's boats at 35-50 MPH has always been plenty fine for me. I raced two stroke carbed dirt bikes so I am familiar with those types of older engines as well and their maintenance
2. See number one
Budget around $15-20,000
Here are a few of the boats I have found on craigslist and this site and would love y'alls opinion on what route I should take or point me in the general direction on age of boats, what OBs/hulls to avoid and like I said earlier, what would be the most reliable combo out of the bunch. I also am looking for a boat with a jackplate and was wondering if I should just throw out the window any boat without on already on it or install one when I purchase the boat.
1- 2006 Nitro 482/Z6 with Merc 115 Optimax, Owner says less than 20 hours. (AKA Never used) $12,000https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/boa/5496209760.html
2- 2009 Ranger 170VS with Merc 115 Optimax, $15,500https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/boa/5480562770.html
3- 2004 Triton TR-196 with Merc XR6 150, comes with jackplate and KeelGuard (Have a guard is a peace of mine to me to let me know they somewhat cared about protecting the hull) $13,000https://austin.craigslist.org/boa/5473262538.html
4- 1999 Triton TR21 with Evinrude 225, shop selling it says 135-140 compression on all cylinders, has jackplate and hydraulic steering. Biggest boat of the bunch $15,999 https://odessa.craigslist.org/bod/5485645754.html
5- 2007 Nitro 591 with Merc 150 EFIhttp://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ric#Post9580331
6- 2007 Triton TR186 with Merc 150 optimax. Marina selling says only 3 HOURS on boat and motor so essentially brand new. http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...Ho#Post11484257
Anyway, those four boats give you an idea of what I'm in the market for and would love opinions, recommendations, etc...
Update: Edited to add more boats
Thank you all in advance and tight lines to all!