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Small Boat Suggestions

I have sailed and kayaked for quite a few years, but now I am getting tired of all the sailboat rigging hassles and I am getting a little old to kayak for long distances. But "the water" is still in my soul, so I am thinking about a small powerboat. The obscene prices for small runabouts around here ($12-14,000) have encouraged me to do some reserch. So I am asking for your advice for an economical alternative.

My need is a stable boat to carry 2-4 people on fairly smooth waters (the Intracoastal in FL), perhaps in the 12-14 ft. range with a v-hull and a flat-bottomed stern for starters. What would you recommend -- fiberglass, aluminum, inflateable, what size and kind (2 or 4 stroke) of motor, and perhaps certain brands that have proved to be realiable.

Your help would be really appreciated.

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Topic - Small Boat Suggestions - Oldsaltydog 08:33:17 12/14/03 (2)

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