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#1 Grumpy OFFLINE  

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 07:32 PM

I bought a 1990 astro PRO 16 boat. 2004 30 HP Johnson motor. The carpet and seats look brand new.

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 07:42 PM

Astro is a good brand of boat.  Well made and durable.  You might find that the 30hp motor is a little short on the get up and go end, depending on how you plan to use it.  Those boats are just like the tractors.  Once you get one you will want more toys on it, more motor, longer, more room, newer, fancier, etc.  I started with a 14' bass boat and 15 hp.  Ended up with a 20' Hydrasport tournament package with 200 hp Merc.  Ah, those boys and their toys.  Enjoy.

 

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Posted November 30, 2014 - 07:56 PM

Astro is a good brand of boat.  Well made and durable.  You might find that the 30hp motor is a little short on the get up and go end, depending on how you plan to use it.  Those boats are just like the tractors.  Once you get one you will want more toys on it, more motor, longer, more room, newer, fancier, etc.  I started with a 14' bass boat and 15 hp.  Ended up with a 20' Hydrasport tournament package with 200 hp Merc.  Ah, those boys and their toys.  Enjoy.

 

Roger

Pretty sure most of the folks on here prefer stock GTs and the older the better ones at that.  Old iron beats bells and whistles most of the time.


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 08:18 PM

I have had a boat cense I was 23. Now I  am 68 john boats to 21 ft. fiberglass. Once I 21 ft. bullet with 300 PRO MAX. Every time I tried to find out how fast it would go, would have to change my pants, and used a lot of gas.at this point in my life I want economy.


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 08:37 PM

Nice!  I want a boat again someday too!


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 08:55 PM

I float a 78 Peterborough Open bow trihull, with a 60 Johnson on it. It been my fishing platform since 92. Doesn't cost much to own, and fuel economy is pretty decent. It has a nice shallow draft, and lots of deck space.

 

Its old and cranky but stone dependable. I can fish 4 guys casting, and pull a tube at 32mph, with my fata$$ nephew on it.

 

It will pull a 200 pound skier, and turn on a dime.

 

Problem is it really sucks on bigger lakes with waves.

 

I had a little 12 foot aluminum with a 6 Evinrude on it before that., Wish I had it now. Hull only weighed 70 pounds, and the engine was about the same. When I was young I could carry 1 in each hand provided I found the right balance point.

 

Boats are great, if you have water nearby, but parts and repairs are expensive. Joining the boat set was the most expensive hobby I ever had.

 

First one was my Grandpas 14 foot home made wood boat with a 50's 10 Johnson seahorse on it.


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Posted November 30, 2014 - 09:13 PM

I don't fish big water any more like Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Mostly Ohio River and small lakes with speed limits Patoka Lake here in southern Indiana will be the biggest.


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 08:06 AM

B O A T stands for break out another thousand but I love to fish in the Atlantic ocean with my son and grandson on my classic 1979 Topaz sport fisherman.500.JPG
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Posted December 01, 2014 - 08:46 AM

I started with a 9' hydroplane with a 9 h.p. Johnson, that was 1968, went through 9 boats, the last one I sold in 2007 was my Z33 Donzi Crossbow with twin 540 cu in supercharged big block Chevy's. Loved every minute of it.


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Well done Grumpy, Merry Christmas to you!


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 03:48 PM

Grumpy, that is the only way to get what you want....buy it yourself!!

 

Now I was told that a boat was a "hole in the water to dump money into"! :poke:


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 07:44 PM

The two happiest days of a boat owners life, when you buy it and when you sell it. I've got two right now.


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Posted December 01, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Year ago bought a 12 foot inflatable with a 2hp Johnson. Boat weights 40lbs and the motor 18. Have had so much fun with it that the 16' Crestliner hardly sees the water anymore. Just upgraded to a 3hp light twin so hold on to your hats.  :D


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Posted December 02, 2014 - 11:38 AM

Well done Grumpy, Merry Christmas to you!

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 03:08 PM

Congrats. Boats are fun. But not for me.

A friend of mine who was bug into boats called them "a hole you in the water you throw money in"




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