Just went through the retiring issue myself. So I was looking to upgrade my boat also. So some of the things I was looking for.
A boat that was stable and easly allowing me to move around in, as I get more unstable and get older.
A boat that was Deep V, or had high sides for running dry.
A boat that would handle from 0 - 15 mph winds, without beating me and the boat to pieces.
So after looking for the best boat to fit my needs both now and in the future. I bought a used Pathfinder 1900, (Bay Boat) with a 150 Evenrude. Searched for a year to make a great deal on the boat. And was able to set up boat the way I wanted it. Wasn't interested in buying a "ready to go" boat.
My old boat was a 17.5 Bass Tracker Deep V, I had just replaced trolling motor with a Minn-Kota Fortrax, so I swapped it out to the Pathfinder. Put 2 pedestal seats on front for crappy fishing. I swapped out the electronics on the 2 boats (HDS-10 Gen- 1 on bow & HDS - 9 Touch Gen 2) at center console. So, nothing cost me extra money, just swapped my best stuff on to the Pathfinder. It is All Fiberglass, for easy washing out. Enough seating for 4, with leaning bench at console tha 2 cac sit on. It handles rough water, and I have yet to get ANY water spray no matter the roughness of the water.
So, like I said made a heck of a deal to get me upgraded to a boat that fits my needs for years to come, and safer as I get more unstable. After a year of searching and some haggling. I bought boat for $10,000, adding $300 for pedal seats, then swapping parts off my Bass Tracker, I had a total of $10,300 in my New To Me boat. Sold the Tracker for $4,500, making my total cost of the Pathfinder $5800. The boat is exactly what wanted, and have a boat that I can grow old with.
So be open to what your need will become in the fugure, be willing to swap pieces, and sell old boat. A lot of the time you can find boats that doesn't fit your ammediate need, buy it cheaper, and with just a little effort build the exact boat you are looking for.
Just what I did instead of buying a new boat, and get what fits most of the fisherman. And got the exact boat the fit every one of my needs. Also able to pull it with my Toyota Tacoma V-6 4 wheel drive.
Edited by Creamlevel Creek Kennels (05/24/18 08:05 AM)