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Looking for opinions on what kind of boat to get...on a budget of course. I do mainly fresh water bass fishing but live a few miles from Southport and the Intracoastal Waterway. What kind of boat is good for both Saltwater/freshwater around here? I am thinking about a Carolina Skiff 16' or a Mako. Not looking to spend a fortune.
 

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Bayboat like a Seapro SV series from 17 to 21 ft. It will do everything you want and not beat you to death like a skiff. Will run as shallow as most any bassboats. 15k will buy a lot of used boat!! and some basic new ones like a Key Largo.
 

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I would also look into tin boat, as they will work great in rivers for bass and also the iCW. 15 grand will buy a lot of used boat as someone else posted. Trick is to try to get all you can for the money, while also making sure it will meet your needs and fishing style. Good luck!
 

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Man you just missed a great deal trigger had on here. That being said, there will be great deals in the future. I would look at bay style boats as well due to how versatile they are. Something along this line would be good: https://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4970675387.html

You could also make an offer and see what the guy says. Make the seller produce papers showing when they have had it serviced etc. Whatever you buy, remember you are going to want a trolling motor as well if you're going to be mainly doing bass/inshore fishing.
 

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As others have said, 15K will buy a LOT of boat! I'm partial to the MBC family - incredible construction and they last forever. Not a speck of wood in them and they hold their value very very well. This site is a good place to watch:
http://www.mbcforum.com/index.php?

MBC produces four major brands:
- Pathfinder (Bay boats)
- Hewes (Flats skiffs)
- Maverick (Flats skiffs (Master Angler) and technical poling skiffs (better for Florida than here))
- Cobia (Bay and offshore boats)

My boat is a 1987 Maverick Master Angler. Almost 30 years old and she's in phenomenal shape - a testament to the quality they produce. The layout is very conducive to both bass and inshore fishing.

Take a look at this one - this is a VERY well kept rig fully outfitted if you are willing to drive a little!

http://www.mbcforum.com/showtopic.php?tid/60285/

This one here has been tempting me though:
http://www.mbcforum.com/showtopic.php?tid/60711/
 

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Bayboat like a Seapro SV series from 17 to 21 ft. It will do everything you want and not beat you to death like a skiff. Will run as shallow as most any bassboats. 15k will buy a lot of used boat!! and some basic new ones like a Key Largo.
I have a new Key Largo 160 cc w/Suzuki 60 and love it.
 

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Lots of options but to narrow it down a bit, don't buy a skiff. I had one and hated it due to the rough wet ride. Nice fishing platform when you aren't moving though. V-hull is the way to go IMHO. Tons of options just in that category so it pretty much depends on your personal preferences.
 

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+10,000 on Bruce's comment. I've owned a LOT of boats, and there is only one that I absolutely hated - my Carolina skiff J16. UGH - I got wetter in that boat than I would have been just swimming. As Bruce said, it's okay when you are stopped, but even then it gets blown around a lot.

For 15K, you have a great selection. Just figure out what you want to use it for and work backward from there.
 
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