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Help Me Decide on Boat #14088177 08/08/21 11:19 PM
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I sold my 19' bass boat 6 weeks ago to buy something lighter and easier for me to deal with as I get older (age 66). I can buy a Ranger or Vexus aluminum boat for the same money as a Nitro Z17 glass boat. All would have 115 hp outboards. The alum rigs would be 18.5' long and the Nitro would be 17'4" long. I was leaning towards the larger alum rigs but now I'm considering the glass for the better ride and no worries about tin splitting or welds breaking. I mostly fish the river and bayous is why the tin was my initial thought. What do you experienced guys think for about the same money?

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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088193 08/08/21 11:38 PM
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I have a friend who went from a 21' glass Ranger to an aluminum Ranger and he absolutely loves it.

Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088212 08/08/21 11:49 PM
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River and bayous - I would go with the aluminum.


Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088224 08/08/21 11:58 PM
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I’d go with aluminum in this situation also

Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088237 08/09/21 12:11 AM
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I bought a crestliner. Got a 150 on it. Loaded out. Can't wait to get it


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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088248 08/09/21 12:28 AM
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if money is no issue get you a nice big crestliner.

Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Txduckhunter] #14088277 08/09/21 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Txduckhunter
I have a friend who went from a 21' glass Ranger to an aluminum Ranger and he absolutely loves it.

I went from a 19 ft glass to a rt188 115 merc I love it


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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088293 08/09/21 01:08 AM
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Light and easy to deal with ain’t happening with a boat. The only winner with regards to the weight of the boat are the wind and the tow vehicle. The Z17 will ride better, be more stable, and power load off and on a trailer with ease. No muscle required whatsoever. The aluminum choice, for an older guy, seems like a losing deal. All it will get you is tired and less days in the water.


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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Jimfishes] #14088359 08/09/21 02:09 AM
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If you are close to Lufkin or Nacogdoches and want to go out in a Ranger RT188 let me know. thumb

As an older, not quite as old as you, guy I can tell you the lighter Aluminum boats are easy to load and unload without using any muscles. cheers

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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Der Vorsteher] #14088374 08/09/21 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Der Vorsteher
I bought a crestliner. Got a 150 on it. Loaded out. Can't wait to get it



How many times are you going to tell us this?

Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14088376 08/09/21 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
Light and easy to deal with ain’t happening with a boat. The only winner with regards to the weight of the boat are the wind and the tow vehicle. The Z17 will ride better, be more stable, and power load off and on a trailer with ease. No muscle required whatsoever. The aluminum choice, for an older guy, seems like a losing deal. All it will get you is tired and less days in the water.



While I agree with you on some of these, todays aluminum boats are VERY stable fishing platforms. They’re not tippy anymore. The RT-188 is a phenomenal fishing platform.

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Originally Posted by Jimfishes
I sold my 19' bass boat 6 weeks ago to buy something lighter and easier for me to deal with as I get older (age 66). I can buy a Ranger or Vexus aluminum boat for the same money as a Nitro Z17 glass boat. All would have 115 hp outboards. The alum rigs would be 18.5' long and the Nitro would be 17'4" long. I was leaning towards the larger alum rigs but now I'm considering the glass for the better ride and no worries about tin splitting or welds breaking. I mostly fish the river and bayous is why the tin was my initial thought. What do you experienced guys think for about the same money?


The Vexus aluminum boat is very nice. All fiberglass interior & boxes. I would not hesitate to buy one.

Not a fan of their glass lineup.

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Originally Posted by Frank the Tank
Originally Posted by Der Vorsteher
I bought a crestliner. Got a 150 on it. Loaded out. Can't wait to get it



How many times are you going to tell us this?



till his keyboard runs out of ink, gonna be a while I think.


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upkeep on the glass boat will be twice what the tin cans are, fuel costs will be a bit higher for the glass hull.

I'm 67+ and still launching and loading a champion 202, it's all in how you set up.
recently put a launchnload on and that makes a huge difference in loading for me.


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Re: Help Me Decide on Boat [Re: Ken A.] #14088818 08/09/21 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Ken A.
Originally Posted by Jimfishes
I sold my 19' bass boat 6 weeks ago to buy something lighter and easier for me to deal with as I get older (age 66). I can buy a Ranger or Vexus aluminum boat for the same money as a Nitro Z17 glass boat. All would have 115 hp outboards. The alum rigs would be 18.5' long and the Nitro would be 17'4" long. I was leaning towards the larger alum rigs but now I'm considering the glass for the better ride and no worries about tin splitting or welds breaking. I mostly fish the river and bayous is why the tin was my initial thought. What do you experienced guys think for about the same money?


The Vexus aluminum boat is very nice. All fiberglass interior & boxes. I would not hesitate to buy one.

Not a fan of their glass lineup.




They are having lot's of problems with their Aluminum boats. Welds, cracks in metal. Warped decking, leaks around transom, improperly screwed down consoles. Vexus is not what one expected from that group.
If I were to buy a tin boat. I would look hard at Avid or Excel.

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