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Re: fast small boat suggestions??

A lot depends on the number of people you want to take with you. We had a Carolina Skiff J16 (max hp = 30) with a 25 hp Mercury on it that we loved. Top speed was about 27 mph, but it was truly a 2 person boat.

We outgrew that, and moved up to a 21 foot Carolina Skiff with a 115 hp (that is the max) Johnson. We really love this boat! It weighs practically nothing, which translates into lots of speed (we have gone up to 50+ mph), or good fuel economy at a more modest speed, say around 30-35 mph. Really, the optimum speed is right at 40 mph. This boat is also rated to hold a ton of people, and you can configure it as your needs dictate. They appear on the used market down here.

BTW, we used both boats on the Texas Gulf Coast, but they would work well in a lake environment I would think.

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