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As most of you know I sold my 21ft skiff. Not getting used much since I got a john boat which can get in more fishing holes where it gets skinny. Got a small aluminum john boat but looking to get something a little larger/wider. Looking used so not like I can list options and get them all but want side console to keep deck open, 14-16ft aluminum Double wide aluminum john boat. Will be used fir inshore fishing and gigging. One concern I have is, Ive noticed when anchored and theres a little chop it sounds like waves banging against hull, think this scares the fish? Is aluminum bang much louder than fiberglass? I like aluminum because of the weight.
 

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Hull slap. Aluminum boats are bad for it. If it's on the bow, you can hang something off the bow when anchored like a piece of vinyl........ Depends on what you are fishing for. Some fish are a lot more skittish than others.
You'll hear more talk about hull slap in Florida than you will in NC.
 

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I have a G3 1966 DLX and that is one thing that bothers me, is the hull slap. I was thinking if spraying some of the foam insulation on the interior to see if that helps?
I heard some guys have put Rhino lining on the outside of their boat to stop the slap, but that would be expensive.
 

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a spray on liner would lower the resonance and frequency of the slap and help a lot. You also wouldn't have the moisture trapping like you would with carpet or stick on insulating pads. I assume you also hope to find a modified V hull vs a typical blunt bow jon. You might check AK McKallum as they can sell anything from a bare hull to fully rigged. Are you determined to stay with aluminum or would a nice wide fiberglass skiff still do the job?

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/bar/4732418296.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4741914240.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4721632177.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4723999767.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/bod/4738680599.html
 

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I like aluminum because I can usually slide it off/over a sandbar by myself, not gonna happen with fiberglass.

a spray on liner would lower the resonance and frequency of the slap and help a lot. You also wouldn't have the moisture trapping like you would with carpet or stick on insulating pads. I assume you also hope to find a modified V hull vs a typical blunt bow jon. You might check AK McKallum as they can sell anything from a bare hull to fully rigged. Are you determined to stay with aluminum or would a nice wide fiberglass skiff still do the job?

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/bar/4732418296.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4741914240.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4721632177.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4723999767.html

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/bod/4738680599.html
 

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I hung one of the heavy rubber door mats, the kind that has the holes in it, off the bow of mine and that cut out most of the slap. The holes let the water pass through and was heavy enough that it would hang straight in all but the strongest currents. I'm not sure that it really mattered to the fish but I just hated the sound of the waves banging against the metal.
 

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I have a G3 1966 DLX and that is one thing that bothers me, is the hull slap. I was thinking if spraying some of the foam insulation on the interior to see if that helps?
I heard some guys have put Rhino lining on the outside of their boat to stop the slap, but that would be expensive.

You don't want to spray or pour any kind of foam directly to aluminum. You would be inviting crevice corrosion. Same thing that takes out aluminum fuel tanks that have been foamed in. One of the downsides to aluminum boats. Preserving the aluminum from crevice corrosion and corrosion by electrolysis which a saltwater environment is ripe for.
 

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I have been liking that Angler Costa on the CL links above!

I have a boat fund building for next spring. Tired of chasing fish at the coast in a kayak with little success usually. Anyway I had a 15' CC 25hp when I used to live in Kinston years ago but sold it off when moved to Winston where I am now.

I have forgotten but if I find a used boat/trailer is the titling process handled just like an auto? I recall that the boat registration comes from NC Wild Life.
 

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Titling process is pretty much like an auto. Gotta get titles to boats and trailers now, and still get boat registered thru wildlife. If you buy new, you probably won't have much trouble, but if used make sure seller has titles to save you some aggravation.
 

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I have been liking that Angler Costa on the CL links above!

I have a boat fund building for next spring. Tired of chasing fish at the coast in a kayak with little success usually. Anyway I had a 15' CC 25hp when I used to live in Kinston years ago but sold it off when moved to Winston where I am now.

I have forgotten but if I find a used boat/trailer is the titling process handled just like an auto? I recall that the boat registration comes from NC Wild Life.
if you have the money this winter go ahead and buy the boat, come spring time a good deal on a boat is going to be hard to find.

that 4th link you posted sundrop is my old boat... I sold it to a young guy when i moved. He wasn't man enough to pull the rope to get it started i guess haha. I used that boat the whole time i was in nc but glad i got rid of it when i did.

http://eastnc.craigslist.org/boa/4723999767.html

I currently fish out a 14ft double wide aluminum boat down here in FL. Hull slap is annoying at times but i catch just as many fish if not more in it. Weight being the number one benifit of an aluminum boat. I can fill up my 6 gallon tank on my merc 20 and fish all weekend and still have a half a tank of gas. You'd be hard pressed to do that in any glass boat.
 
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