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#12288684 - 06/11/17 01:49 PM Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'?
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Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 486
Looking at 17' or preferably an 18' but would save some money on the former. In your experience on these reservoir waters in the DFW area with the typical winds that we have is there a discernible or drastic difference between the two sizes in running across the lake in the wind or even overall fishability?
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#12288687 - 06/11/17 01:53 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
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Loc: Irving, Texas
The bigger the boat, the better it will ride and fish in windy conditions. I would get the biggest boat I could afford because it's better to have the length and not need it than to need the length and not have it. JMO.
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#12288688 - 06/11/17 01:53 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
jackwabbit Offline
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Registered: 10/06/08
Posts: 262
Loc: Rowlett TX
Yes

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#12288707 - 06/11/17 02:21 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
Ranger481 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/17/16
Posts: 140
Loc: Seguin Texas
I have an 18' and like it but am going to up size when my boy gets done with collage. I want a bigger front deck and the ride will be better.

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#12288716 - 06/11/17 02:26 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
Big C Hazard Offline
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Registered: 05/28/12
Posts: 108
Loc: Robert Lee, Tx
I have an 18.5 ft boat and while I absolutely love that skeeter and can pretty much fish any lake I want. When the wind gets up I do wish I had bigger.

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#12288717 - 06/11/17 02:26 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
Bruce Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/11/06
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Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
for the most part it seems the 18's are wider that the 17's which give you a better ride and when fishing a lot less wobbly
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#12288722 - 06/11/17 02:28 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
getzitfisher Offline
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Registered: 04/11/17
Posts: 14
Recently downsized from a 19'6" to 18'. Pretty big difference on windy days.

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#12288730 - 06/11/17 02:37 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
bronco71 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1399
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
18 plus if you will be out in the open in the wind! Bigger is better....

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#12288757 - 06/11/17 02:59 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2950
Loc: Arlington
I have a 17' champion. I fish any lake with big wind within reason. I get a pretty decent ride and stay dry except under extreme conditions and then it is a mostly dry ride. I did a lot of research on boat ride before I made this choice and the price was right. The difference between rides and fish ability on a 17 and 18 ft boat will depend on the model.

I would love to have a 20-21' just for the deck space but don't want to spend the $$. It wouldn't be worth it to me to upgrade to an 18' boat. Before buying take them to the lake and feel for yourself

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#12288838 - 06/11/17 04:17 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: fishin'aholic2]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2004
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: fishin'aholic2
The bigger the boat, the better it will ride and fish in windy conditions. I would get the biggest boat I could afford because it's better to have the length and not need it than to need the length and not have it. JMO.


Great advice here, bigger is better when it comes to boats. Buy the biggest you can afford.
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#12288858 - 06/11/17 04:36 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: Bobby Milam]
Fishbonz Offline
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 4575
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I have a 17' champion. I fish any lake with big wind within reason. I get a pretty decent ride and stay dry except under extreme conditions and then it is a mostly dry ride. I did a lot of research on boat ride before I made this choice and the price was right. The difference between rides and fish ability on a 17 and 18 ft boat will depend on the model.

I would love to have a 20-21' just for the deck space but don't want to spend the $$. It wouldn't be worth it to me to upgrade to an 18' boat. Before buying take them to the lake and feel for yourself
Sound advise thumbSure a big 22fter will certainly handle extreme weather conditions but do you need it is what you have to ask yourself.I just have a 18ft Ranger with a casting deck extension and it handles big water and gives a dry ride under most windy but not extreme conditions & Since I`m just your average weekend angler and don`t fish for dollars,I don`t need to fish in extreme 25-30mph winds.


Edited by Fishbonz (06/11/17 04:49 PM)

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#12288936 - 06/11/17 05:25 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
beartrap Offline
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Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 663
Loc: south georgia
been my experience that you won't tell much difference between 17ft and 18ft but you can tell a big difference between 18 ft and 20ft....am pretty sure most of the difference is caused by a 20 ft being able to "span" or have the length to get up on top and ride 2-3 ft waves without the nose plunging into the trough.......

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#12289071 - 06/11/17 07:36 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
Bossbowman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 2862
Loc: Hill county
JMHO but 17 to a 18 is not that big a difference, 18 to a 19 is more noticeable, 19 to a 20 is a big difference. Brand makes a big difference too a 17' champion with a deep v hull can handle rough water pretty good, a 17' skeeter cannot.


Edited by Bossbowman (06/13/17 12:45 AM)

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#12289162 - 06/11/17 08:28 PM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: GIG'EM AGGIES]
beeflover Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 390
Loc: eagan, mn
I finally limited my weekend obsession to 18 ft which for me is the max length that fits in the garage.

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#12289533 - 06/12/17 07:25 AM Re: Noticeable difference between 17' and 18'? [Re: i-Fish]
OU Basser Offline
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Registered: 11/06/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Grapevine, TX
I was in the same situation about 8 months ago. I went from a 17' Triton to a 18.5' Ranger. The difference was very noticeable to me; however, there are several variables in the mix as others have mentioned. Manufacturer, engine size on each (my 18.5' has a 175 whereas now most only have 150), your overall comfort with fishing in the wind/wake, how often you would actually go out in 20-25+ mph, etc. From the discussions I had when I was doing research, nobody ever regretted getting a bigger boat assuming you can afford it and have a place to store it.
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