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Re: 12' aluminum V-hull Questions

Manuel, I hope my rambling can be of some service.

That boat in Salt Lake sounds good. A 2000 Yamaha 25 hp should be a very good motor for a long time to come. And, as previously noted, an aluminam hull is practically for forever. But that is quite a drive.

As far as performance on bigger lakes, that all depends on you! In calm weather, a canoe can do just fine. (Just watch out for the big motorboats!) The 12' aluminum you mentioned earlier would be dandy. When the wind kicks up to the point of creating whitecaps, you would want to seek shelter near the leeward side of the shore, or just beach it and wait for the wind to die down!

But if you want to stay out on the lake in the middle of a very breezy afternoon, a boat like that 14', or something a little larger, would be more comfortable. The typical 16' fishing boat can handle alot of rough water if handled correctly.

But the fishing on a windy afternoon is seldom very good anyway. Better in the calm of morning or evening...

Whatever you do, wear your lifevests at all times. Even on calm water, you can slip, hit your head, and be underwater before anyone even knows you're gone.

Ultimately, life jackets and common sense are more important than the size and type of boat you buy. And just because you see other people drinking beer out on the lake doesn't mean it is a good idea. I mention these things because lack of lifevests and abuse of alcohol account for the vast majority of all marine fatalities.

Hope you find something to your liking.

Are you handy at all with tools? You could build a plywood skiff to one of the many plans available on the net! That would be an economical choice, and fill you with pride to boot!

I can steer you in the right direction on that if you would like. Thom V can, too. He's got some pictures of his little skiff posted on this forum.

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