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Old 08-10-2018, 12:21 AM   #1
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I hate spending money but here i go. Looking for a riverboat. Home base is the AL river si needs to be able to handle some chop. Mainly crappie but also bass bream and catfish. Average run would be about 14 miles round trip. Max would be 25. Love the stick steers but dont think i can give up the bass boat design. Like to fish off a deck. Looking at AllWeld, Xpress, War Eagle, and Tracker. 17.5’ minimum size. Thinking motor size between 75 -115. Going to Andalusia Marine this weekend.
So whatcha think and recommend ? I wouldnt dare ask that in other sections of this forum. also tell me where to look. Not a-lot of local dealers
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I’ve heard a lot of good about shoals outdoor sports in Tuscumbia, Al. Lot of folks go there from long distances. Seems like I always hear they have the best prices around. I’ve been planning a trip up there to check it out. Might be worth checking their prices. Good luck.
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It has been a few years back, but I bought a 17' Xpress (used to be called Alumiweld) because they offered a .100" hull thickness vs .072" on other brands. Also, there was no plywood decking to rot out because they had .090" aluminum decks. I'm not sure about current models.

Also, the top rail of the gunnels were rounded which made it easy dragging a castnet back in the boat without snagging anything.

I probably caught well over a million fish from that boat, most of which were 2" shad in the castnet.
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Just make sure Shannon at Andalusia Marine knows you are a PFF'r.... He's a great dude that'll treat ya right!!!


I liked my Extreme River Skiff and they make em in Bonifay in different sizes and configurations. Extreme are nice too, got a buddy I have fished with on his 18 ftr and is comfortable. With your kinda fishing, I'd probably stick to stick steer... I really like not having to get up and down to go to the front of the boat to fish.
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Shannon with Andalusia Marine is a great guy to deal with and has cut some major deals for PFF members.
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Just make sure Shannon at Andalusia Marine knows you are a PFF'r.... He's a great dude that'll treat ya right!!!.


Lol. Ima pass on that - seems to always work against me!
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Kevin you should try a center console. I don’t think I could go back to a side console now if I had to.

I’ve got a dealer that I’ve bought a couple from if your interested.
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Well the trackers are nice. Went to Spanish Fort but they have the model i like in Prattville and its $600 cheaper just because of the sales tax difference! Trackers fit and finish is not bad but not perfect. Best thing about them is the price, which is important. I will say something about them didnt “feel” right. On to Andalusia we go in the morning to check out Xpress
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Kevin get up with Chase. He did all the research on all of them when he was looking for a river boat a few years ago if I'm not mistaken.

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Well the trackers are nice. Went to Spanish Fort but they have the model i like in Prattville and its $600 cheaper just because of the sales tax difference! Trackers fit and finish is not bad but not perfect. Best thing about them is the price, which is important. I will say something about them didnt “feel” right. On to Andalusia we go in the morning to check out Xpress

Bad thing about Trackers is what hangs off the back and I don't think they are constructed like thers mentioned...... If you need me or Chase or both to hold your hand and go up to Andalusia to talk to Shannon with ya we'll do it...hahaha
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