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I'm looking into buying this 14' starcraft with a 9.6 hp motor for about $700 as my first boat. It comes with tilt trailer, 9.6 hp sea king, 2 swivel seats, new fire ext, oars, gas tank, trolling motor, 2 deep cycle batteries, 2 anchors. all lights work on boat and trailer.

I do most of my fishing in delacroix and lafitte. Is this boat up to the challenges these areas may present? Or am I just as well off with a kayak?

August 12, 2013 at 3:32pm

Hey team. The time has finally come that I can afford to buy a new automobile and a small boat. I'm seeking advice on: 1. what automobile to buy that will fit my current and future needs, and 2. what boat to buy.

1. On the automobile front, I am choosing between a 2011 Silverado LS and a Ford Escape. As far as power goes, the Silverado obviously takes the cake. However, I question if I need this much power and if it's worth the gas mileage and bulk of a truck. The Escape, on the other hand, offers only 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, but gets better gas mileage and is smaller and more convenient.

2. with the power of the automobiles in mind, I need to consider my boat purchase as well. For the time being, I can only afford a simple jon boat. But in a few years, I anticipate buying about a 16' aluminum fishing boat with around a 25 hp motor. Will the Ford Escape's 3500 lb towing capacity be able to handle something like this safely?

Another concern of mine with regard to my boat purchase is the safety. I do most of my fishing in Southeast Louisiana in Lafitte, Delacroix, and I may eventually take it out on Pontchartrain. Is a 12' jon boat with a small motor safe in these locations or do I need to buy a bigger boat?

Thanks for the help

July 24, 2013 at 12:55pm

Hey team. The time has finally come that I can afford to buy a new automobile and a small boat. I'm seeking advice on: 1. what automobile to buy that will fit my current and future needs, and 2. what boat to buy.

1. On the automobile front, I am choosing between a 2011 Silverado LS and a Ford Escape. As far as power goes, the Silverado obviously takes the cake. However, I question if I need this much power and if it's worth the gas mileage and bulk of a truck. The Escape, on the other hand, offers only 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, but gets better gas mileage and is smaller and more convenient.

2. with the power of the automobiles in mind, I need to consider my boat purchase as well. For the time being, I can only afford a simple jon boat. But in a few years, I anticipate buying about a 16' aluminum fishing boat with around a 25 hp motor. Will the Ford Escape's 3500 lb towing capacity be able to handle something like this safely?

Another concern of mine with regard to my boat purchase is the safety. I do most of my fishing in Southeast Louisiana in Lafitte, Delacroix, and I may eventually take it out on Pontchartrain. Is a 12' jon boat with a small motor safe in these locations or do I need to buy a bigger boat?

Thanks for the help

July 24, 2013 at 12:53pm

Hey team. The time has finally come that I can afford to buy a new automobile and a small boat. I'm seeking advice on: 1. what automobile to buy that will fit my current and future needs, and 2. what boat to buy.

1. On the automobile front, I am choosing between a 2011 Silverado LS and a Ford Escape. As far as power goes, the Silverado obviously takes the cake. However, I question if I need this much power and if it's worth the gas mileage and bulk of a truck. The Escape, on the other hand, offers only 3,500 lbs of towing capacity, but gets better gas mileage and is smaller and more convenient.

2. with the power of the automobiles in mind, I need to consider my boat purchase as well. For the time being, I can only afford a simple jon boat. But in a few years, I anticipate buying about a 16' aluminum fishing boat with around a 25 hp motor. Will the Ford Escape's 3500 lb towing capacity be able to handle something like this safely?

Another concern of mine with regard to my boat purchase is the safety. I do most of my fishing in Southeast Louisiana in Lafitte, Delacroix, and I may eventually take it out on Pontchartrain. Is a 12' jon boat with a small motor safe in these locations or do I need to buy a bigger boat?

Thanks for the help.

July 24, 2013 at 12:51pm
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