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I am about to purchase my first boat, 14-16ft for lake and back bay fishing. I would like a little insight into the Aluminum or Fiberglass issue. I am not sure which one would be better for my use?

Is aluminum sturdier for me? Is fiberglass more upkeep? What are the differances I should know about for me use.
 

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Aluminum is lighter so you will not need as big of an engine. A 25 hp will push a 16' aluminum boat pretty fast. You should be able to get a new 16' with trailer and a 25 hp enging for 5-6 thousand. For a 16' or less boat I would go with aluminum, especially if you plan on using it in freshwater too. Both will need similar upkeep.
 

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i've done most of my fishing in the back bays out of a tin boat. it will be a great first boat for you. everything is simpler on a smaller boat. look at lots of differen makes/model before your purchase. things like aluminum thickness, fuel/battery storage, how it's wirered. also one with a deck makes things comfortable. look at the different layouts. i always preffered ones with an open design like the starcraft camp models.it lets you be able to do more with the deck area. with pedistal seats you will also need a place to sit while underway. the pedistals are generally not strong enough to withstand the pounding and will get loose. look at the compatability of the gunnels for attachment of rod holders for fishing and for storage. if you get a model thats prerigged for lights, ect, make sure it's got room for some accesories like fishfinder/gps. a power outlet is also nice for a livewell pump or spotlight. good luck.

[ 04-22-2006, 09:24 AM: Message edited by: cc19 ]
 

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If you were just going to do lake fishing, I would say aluminum, but given that you want to fish back bays, I would say get a glass boat.

Glass is heavier and will give you a better ride in the back bay chop.

If you want to test a 16' alum. boat, give me a shout. I have a new 16' alum. jon boat with a 50hp on the back. We can run it in the back bays or the river.
 
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