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Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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I am getting ready to upgrade from my 17 ft Alumacraft Voyager with a 115. Without motor, weighs about 1075 pounds. I bought it before getting a cabin at Leach Lake was a consideration. My wife won't go out if there is much wind, and frankly my use can now justify a bigger boat. I know I'm staying Aluminum, as budget is still a consideration.
Will 500-700 pounds help make a difference in ride on those windy days? I am also thinking pretty hard about going to 18 ft, with a 150. Currently in the running are the Ranger VS1782, VS1882, and the Lund 1875 Impact XS. All 2018 models. Also, trying to not need to get a bigger lift. The Rangers at an extra 700 pound will be pushing it.

Posted on: 2/12 16:51:42
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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From Paynesville
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I just bought a 2018 1875 Lund Impact XS with a 150 based on the recommendation of three friends who have the same boat (or the 2017 version 1850) and they fish Mille Lacs, Leech, and LOTW a majority of the time. They say it handles well in the wind. Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2/13 9:45:34
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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You'll appreciate the difference a foot will make in the waves! Take a hard look at a Crestliner 1850 Fishhawk with the walkthru windshield. The new design this year made them a little wider and the windshield taller with a max hp of 200 (54mph on gps). Personally I've always preferred to run Crestliners as they're welded, no rivets to loosen and leak. Plus they are build side by side with lund so all materials are exactly the same!

Posted on: 2/14 12:22:39
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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From Maple grove
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One you may want to look at is the trophy 185 if your looking for a heavy duty machine. Your going to get a thicker metal than your impact/crossover and higher walls if you like that kind of thing for bigger water.

At almost 19 feet you will find that it will cover the gaps in waves easier making for an easier ride.

Alumacraft has always been good on the pocketbook also.

Posted on: 2/15 0:57:42
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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And here I am looking to upgrade from a 165 to 175 for your exact reasons! LOL

Posted on: 2/15 10:35:23
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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Thanks for the advice and info. I did look at the Crestliner and Alumacraft. The Fishhawk did look interesting, but couldn't find many The Alumacraft was not configured quite right for me. Also, since they were bought by Evinrude, they have kind of lost me. Today, I am leaning toward the 1875 Impact XS. I came across a few complaints of weld issues with the Ranger (though a couple of years old). I think I will spend a little extra on the Lund, as it is pretty well proven.

Posted on: 2/16 20:51:33
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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Good choice. I ordered my 1875 Impact XS a couple weeks ago. I can't wait for it to get here and for the ice to melt.

Posted on: 2/16 23:04:34
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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I know, wrong forum. But what electronics have you guys gone with on the new boats.

Posted on: 2/17 15:00:25
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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From St. Cloud
Posts: 95
I just upgraded mine and I went with a mixed bag the new lowrance map chips are terrible and in my opinion navionics isn't much better so i have a dedicated hummingbird for mapping and 2 new garmins

Posted on: 2/17 18:46:11
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Re: Boat Advice on Aluminum for those windy days
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Got a question for you guys who decided on an 1875 Impact. I currently have a 2000 1800 Lund Fisherman that I love but am thinking of replacing with a new 1800 Tyee. Did you compare the Impact to the 1800 or 1900 Tyee? If so what were your deciding factors to go with the Impact? Thanks.

Posted on: 2/17 22:21:54
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