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Seems like several liked when I posted some used boats I found on the internet. So here are some more. Remember that I do NOT know these people and cannot say that the boat is in good running condition. But trying to help those get a fishing boat.....

LINK TO THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A USED BOAT:
http://www.bassboatcentral.com/buyingusedboat.htm

LOWE 170 17 ft bass boat $4800.00
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/627457978.html

2000 21ft Basstream bass boat w/175HP- $5000
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/626744891.html


18"9 foot 1997 Challanger Bass Boat. 150 Merc. $5500
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/619760734.html

16 foot Charger Bass Boat - $3150 (Leander)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/631704426.html

1985 Bass Tracker "Tournament 17" 17 foot V-hull aluminum boat $4300
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/618538365.html

12' aluminum boat and trailer - $700 (lampasas)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/631653233.html

1977 RANGER FISHING BOAT w/1984 Johnson engine 140hp - $2500 (COVE)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/631288910.html


1993 Sea Ark Aluminum Jon Boat, Motor & Trailer - $1000 (Hutto)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/630530939.html

Bass Boat 1989 Lowe Hulk 19ft Aluminum Center Console Boat - $3000 (Luling Texas)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/630439950.html

***1991 ProCraft Bass Boat*** - $2500 (South Austin)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/630176936.html

91' Tidecraft with 150 Evinrude Motor - $3900
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/627844921.html

1976 15' Terry Bass Boat (Excellent Condition) - $2200
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/627812411.html

1982 Mon-Ark 15' Aluminum Flat-Bottom Boat  - $2400
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/626348812.html

Alumacraft 1470 wide series, motor and trailer ($4000 OBO)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/625884248.html

1995 Blazer Bass Boat w/150HP - $5900
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/624978234.html

1978 Ranger Fish & Ski Boat 18ft long with Boat Trailer
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/624427089.html

15 1/2 ft Raycraft with Johnson 88 spl 88hp Motor - $3000
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/624292847.html

1994 Astro Fish & Ski 1994 Astro Fish & Ski with 150 Black Max Motor
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/623890936.html

'77 Ranger 115 Mercury for sale - $2500 (Bastrop, Tx)
http://austin.craigslist.org/boa/616032819.html

17ft 88' model Cajun Bass boat w/85HP $1900
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/606262796.html


NO MOTOR!
91 Sprint Fish & Ski / $1250.00 OBO - $1250
http://killeen.craigslist.org/boa/587929775.html

UPDATED: NOT CERTAIN IF THESE BOATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE OR NOT!
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

San Antonio Area:

1978 skeeter wrangler 150 with 1985 johnson 150hp. $2100
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/630792406.html

80's model Phantom Bass boat w/ 70 hp Evinrude motor. $2500
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/631466454.html

1988 Bass Tracker-17 ft w/60HP Mercury Motor - $3000
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/629805524.html

1996 17ft. Fisher Spectrum Dominator Bass boat - $5800
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/628382376.html

nitro fish & ski with 150HP $3000
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/627809896.html

86 CHAMPION BASS BOAT 20FT W/225 MERCURY - $4500
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/boa/616817406.html
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

You sure do some great research! Sell my 19' center console
omc Quest 130 HP in Copperas Cove.$6500.00 or best offer! Maybe we could work out some commission or "Finders Fee".
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Thanks, George Bull 254-681-3742
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

I am one of those people searching for another boat... I love Craigslist but man I have seen some real turds.

For anyone looking, bring a compression tester and something hard to knock the transom, or better take a buddy that knows about the boat/motor you're looking at. If it's priced too good to be true, it is.

I just off the phone today with a person who happens to be a outboard tech (selling his own boat from his shop) and we talked awhile... nice guy... said we would not be able to come together on the price of his ride, but knew of others in the area (oklahoma) and even knew another boat I was going to call on... said he had it in his shop and the motor was crap... throws rods... I wondered... it was a 1994 Javelin 19'9" with 175 E-rude Faststrike for only $5000 and looked CLEAN in the pics... thought it was a bit cheap.

I had not seen some of the postings from above and think I need to call on a few. Cosmetic stuff/electronics are easy fixes... so long as the motor & hull are good.

ABF Rocks!!
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

I have bought 2 boats under $5k in 05 and in 06.

Pretty much you should consider adding $1000.00 to any boat in this class you buy.

No matter what the seller says, you really need to have confidence that you will not be left drifting in the middle of the lake looking for a tow to the ramp.

Getting a lake demo is nice, but sometimes it is really tough on a lower priced boat. The seller is selling it " As is " and may not want to mess around with the time involved.

The $1k should be considered to take the boat to a Great mechanic like Trey in G-town. He will go trough every inch of the boat, and fix or let you know if she is good to go.

New batteries, tires, ect.. will add up fast even if nothing is major is wrong.

If you are thinking of getting into your first boat, paying cash is always best.

That way you can see all the costs ect.. that come with owning a boat. Consider where you live. Will they let you keep a boat there? Will your wife complain about the new " eye sore " in the driveway?

Storage of a boat can be a pain, and costly. Be sure to consider it.

Also, sometimes boats in this class can become More expensive. Everything may check out really well, but in a month the lower unit goes out. Big $$

Or compression is good, but a rod lets go. Big $$

Typically, if you double the $6k to $12k ( or a little higher to $14k ) The newer and more reliable the boat will be.

Example:

I bought a 1989 Astro Glass bass boat 19'5'' with Johnson GT 200 Hp. $4350.00

Lower unit rebuild $1700.00
New batts $300.00

Lower gears sheered $ 1500.00

Broke main Crankshaft $ 1000.00

Needed new power packs $500.00

on and on and on. Ended up spending over +$5k getting the motor and everything solid.

Quickly realized that at Full Throttle I would get 1 mile per gallon at 60 mph.

That would have been like $3.20 a min to run to a spot, However the engine only ran good on SUPER!!

Long story short, I learned a lesson. If you KNOW you love boats and fishing, then spending extra dough will pay off in the end.

Ending up selling the boat for like $3300.00 ( ouch... lost my arse on that one )

The worst thing you can do is go finance a boat for 10 years, you will be upside down on day 1 and prob never recover. A loss of job or emergency, and the bank comes and picks up your boat.

I see it all the time, people trying to dump a new boat for what they owe.

Bottom Line For your first boat :

If ya cannot pay cash, you probably cannot afford it.

Be sure to remember that a couple G's in repair can come at you real quick.

Consider your storage options.

Do not let excitement get the best of you. Be calm, look a lot. The right deal will come along.

Ask a lot of questions here. That is what ABF is For !!!!!

EA
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

Another thing to add to EA's post.  While sometimes paying cash is best, financing may be an attractive option if you are looking for a real tournament bassboat. (NOT the 10 year nothing down stuff on a 50K rig)

With good credit, you can still get loans in the 5-6% range/4-5 years on 15-20K used boats.  

So, figure ~250 a month with little out of pocket upfront.  In three years I have spent 9K and fished out of a late model, reliable, safe, performance bass boat.  Since it was used I can sell it for close to what I owe at anytime (60% of depreciation of a boat happens in the first 4 years)

Wash, rinse and repeat, your mileage may vary.

You will never come out ahead (cash or financing) with a b.o.a.t. (break out another thousand) - but this angle helps to give you another option.

I would rather watch my cash grow at 8%-12% in investments then throw it out the window on a junker boat.

Nothing against Robert's research, but 90% of those boats listed are turds for anybody looking to step up to the tournament rig class.

Just my .02 :)
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

Nothing against Robert's research, but 90% of those boats listed are turds for anybody looking to step up to the tournament rig class.
Stepping up to Tournament rigged bass boats, should NOT concider any of the above!!! IMO....I would get a late model boat/motor. Stay with a major brand name.......

I just thought about those that have limited funds and wanting to get a boat....I purchased  all three of my boats, off Boattradersonline or CraigsListing...

TRUE...Either spend money fixing up or spend money on a new boat, that you do not have to WORRY about! However, my next boat will be used, NEW-TO-ME, within a couple years old...But with that said, I still believe in all that TDUB and EA offer...Spending a little more $$$$ on a late-model boat is better in the long run..IMO.

Example: I purchased my 1995 Ranger R77 off Boattraderonline, from a private individual. Purchased it in 1997. The seller also used it in Saltwater, so the trailer was rusting.  The boat ran fine, I thought. I purchased it for $4000. However, I had to replace the lower unit out in a couple months, because he had hit something, and it took a couple months of use to find out.  

I too am looking for a new fish and ski boat that I can take to both fresh and Saltwater...for under $20K. Want it to seat 5 adults comfortably, front and back fishing platforms, draft 10inches of water in Saltwater, Full cabin bimini top to ride in bad weather, two full rod/reel holders. The only ones I found, have to be customized. The BlueWave 22DC with custom front and rear extending fishing platforms and a Ranger Z21-Intercoastal with an added custom bench seat. However, the bluewave sells new for $30K and Z21 for over $50K. I am not spending that kind of money and be married, too.. ;D

I have been dealing directly with the manufactures to get want I want, versas what is actually standard.

Details to follow.

GET GOOD INSURANCE TOO...IT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF IN NO TIME!


PS: I WILL CREATE A "Stepping up to tournament bass Boat" section shortly....
 

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Yep,

My comments were more directed at the bank fisherman that thinks how cool it would be to fish from a boat. Not someone looking to fish FLW, T-dub ;D

My opinion will hold true, that if you are testing the waters of owning a boat - $6000k in cash can be a smart move.

That way, if fishing gets old, cost get to high, guess what? If you bought the right boat, it will still be worth $6k !!

EA

Ps. Looking forward to the next section " Getting into a tourney boat " !
 

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Re: Fishing Boats for under $6000

TDub said:
I would rather watch my cash grow at 8%-12% in investments then throw it out the window on a junker boat.
Heck, give me your money and I can do better than an 8-12% return in Vegas. 8-12% return is for people that want to live until they are 80, have no teeth and poo in their pants :p

I will agree that you should either go big or go home when buying a boat...or just do what I do and fish with a buddy that went big.
 

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I bought a 1983 Skeeter about 8 years with a Johnson 150.  I paid $3000 for it.  That boat ran great...never once took it to the shop for anything.  Only thing I did was change the lower unit oil and the plugs, oh and the water impellar which I did myself.  I fished a bunch of tournaments out of it, and ran the hell out of it.  Wide open throttle every where I went.
It was a very clean boat.  It had new carpet when I got it.  I did replace the seats, and added a bigger trolling motor, but that was it.  I ended up giving it to my father in law who fished out of it for a few years and then he sold it a few months ago for $3400.  

I would not hesitate to buy another boat for 4K or under if it meant me getting out on the water, so long as it got checked out first.   Maybe I got lucky, but my brother bought an 18ft Tide Craft with a 125 on it for 2K and he's never had a problem either.  Its a great boat, and he upgrades stuff here and there, when he finds a deal.

Just need a little TLC...buff the gelcoast, replace the carpet, and you'd be surprised how well you can make an old boat look.
 

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Really, I think that the "mistake" that most people make is thinking that they need to have a '18 boat and at least a 150 to enjoy bass fishing and with the limited discretionary funds most of us have, for some, that means going after a way old offbrand model instead of settling for a 5 year old well built and taken care of boat that's in the '17 and 90-115 range. You can find some great boats in that 6-8k range if you're willing to wait. An example of this would be the '02 xpress h51 with a 90 merc that was listed on the tff for 7k a few weeks ago. I thought that'd make a terrific boat for the local waters we have around Austin, which I'd fish most of the time anyway, but I didn't move fast enough. Thought we had a meeting set up but an offer came in - and that seemed to be a very well taken care of boat - had a new MK Maxxum.

So, basically, that would've been great - being able to do a lot of running on the weekends and knowing I'll probably have burned only around $15-30 through that merc instead of maybe $60-100 that'd have been sucked up by a 150+ motor. Hence, I am still boatless, just because the right deal hasn't materialized.

It takes a lot of will to live by a budget, yep. :-*
 

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Any deals on Motors only?

I need a 45-90hp motor. I prefer one 1985 and newer. I have been looking but it seems most people sell the boat and motor together. Any finds would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I know of a 1984 20' dual console Champion with a blown motor that is for sell.

PM me if interested.

kp
 

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OK SO I AM GOING TO JUMP IN THIS ONE B/C I JUST PURCHASED A 17'10 FT SPRINT WITH A 112 JOHNSON. " SO FAR " THIS BOAT HAS BEEN GREAT TO ME HAS SOME SMALL PROBLEMS BUT I PAID 3200 FOR IT BECAUSE THE GUY BOAT HIS BOAT THAT WEEK AND NEEDED TO GET RID OF THIS ONE ASAP. YES I AGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE THAT U NEED AN EXTRA 1000 BUT U KNOWN IF IT FLOATS AND GETS YOU FROM POINT A TO POINT B THEN MAN I CAN COMPLAIN. JUST BE PREPARIED FOR ALL THE LITTLE STUFF THAT U NEED, NEW TRAILER LIGHTS, NEW BILGE, NEW CARPET, ETC IT ADDS UP.


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Funny thing about me thinking about getting another boat.

Good thing:
My boat is paid for and it runs just fine.
Bad Thing:
Need to replace carpet and upholstery. Does not have any rod storage.
Good Thing:
Read item #1.....

I still believe that most boats, as long as they have a working live well, can be used of bass fishing boats. With that said, to each his own. Just do not over spend. NO NEED TO CREATE STRESS, WHEN YOU GO FISHING! ;D

So, I am in semiconductor sales and the economy news says we are headed for a recession...what to do...what to do...
 

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Thanks Ranger. As someone looking for an 'under' boat that runs well, the list is much appreciated.  Now if I can just put my priorities in order.  I know the groceries have to be bought, but how about we wait on the siding, landscaping, all the indoor stuff around the house, etc...there's a boat out there with MY name on it!

That's not the first time I've seen a boat named 'sucker'...

Tom
 
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