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   Old Thread  #2 15 Sept 2021 at 9.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You're not making thing easy by not being picky. Important to know your shared budget, style of fishing and lakes you will visit. Anyway, personally I would never buy 2nd hand (assuming you want an inflatable). The difference in price is not worth taking chances. Without knowing your budget, a Raptor may be an option, also because they have a Wide range (which is wider than their Fast range, so it has more space to carry gear in case you may ever want to). The choice for a floor is personal and dependent on several things. When using a regular outboard, a solid deck will provide the boat more sturdiness at higher speeds and you will have a bit more stability when walking on it. Also, since you will walk/stand on it, it is less prone to being damaged by hooks/buckets/batteries/sharp objects. One thing to keep in mind with regards to your deck is that a solid deck is heavier than an inflatable and is usually also more of a pain in the ar.. to (dis)assemble. That brings you to the second thing to keep in mind: weight and dimensions (also vs. car space), as well as easy of assembly. Each boat has its own dimensions and I can tell you from experience that boats become annoying to handle alone at weights over 30kgs, or when they take longer than, say, 20 minutes to assemble.

Don't make your electric outboard more difficult than necessary. A Minn Kota Endura is pretty affordable, durable and will do the trick almost anywhere. Better buy a bit stronger than necessary for the weight of your combination, because it will be less battery-consuming and its always better and safer to have some overkill. One or two lead-acid batteries and a decent (!!) charger and you're good to go. If it were me, I would always choose a boat ticking all the boxes for things "you may eventually want to do" - nothing more annoying than switching boats every other year, especially since a boat will grow on you over time.
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   Old Thread  #1 15 Sept 2021 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi All, I'm thinking of venturing into france next year with a mate to fish some public waters - and we'll need a boat!

Don't want to spend the earth, and don't mind buying the right boat second hand. Not bothered if its green, or grey, or purple, as long as its up to the job.

What spec should I be looking for? - it will be for baiting up, boating out rigs etc, probably not for carrying gear, but its possible I might want to do that at some point. What size boat do people recommend? Any brands to avoid?

I've seen solid decks, air decks, what's the difference and which is preferred?

Will also need an electric outboard - which brands do people trust, which are to be avoided? Same question for batteries.

Any help appreciated - I'm a fish out of water (ha!). hoping the carpforum community can point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance

Phil
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