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Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Fergie+1970 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:16 pm

I seen other post like this already but would like some maybe new input. I am debating whether to get a inboard or a outboard, can I have some peoples pros and cons to lead me in the right direction. I have a 40 jet now on a bass attacker which is old and loud. I want something for the upper Allegheny river in PA. Shallow running and for Deep Creek lake which has alot of boat traffic, so I don't want a total flat bottom. For pleasure pulling kids and some fishing and just hanging out. There is 6 of us and 2 of the boys are grown boys and of course my wife and I. So I want something that moves gets up and goes has room, for under $50,000 if that is possible.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Eagle1 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:04 pm

How big is the river you run most of the time?
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Fergie+1970 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:13 pm

River is any were from 100' to 200' wide its shallow and deep
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Delawarejetcraft » Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:43 pm

It's a no brainer. Based on where you live, the water you run, and your family, an inboard is the way to go. Go to Wiegel Bros in Franklin PA and get a Kingfisher extreme shallow 1875. Great boat and great service/support close by.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Mjinpa » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:06 am

Do not get a Kingfisher extreme shallow because of your intended use on deep creek lake as well as the river. That boat will beat you to death on a lake. I would be looking at the kingfisher falcon or fastwater or any used inboard jet in your price range.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Fergie+1970 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:53 am

Yes I was planning on going to Wiegle, and probably going with the Fastwater or Falcon, I was just reading other posts through discussions on here, some people were liking the outboard. Because of more space and economical and some outboards like the 200 and 250 do have some power, was having second thoughts of going outboard for more economical and more space. Really want the Rogue Fastwater however that seems to be past my price point. Between the Kingfisher fastwater and Falcon I like the Falcon better, but they stopped making that motor and I worry about getting parts and maintenance and heard they been having problems with the fuel pump. I am 50 and would like this to be my last boat, hopefully can enjoy it for 30 yrs if I live that long.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Mjinpa » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:30 am

I’d be planning a road trip to the west. Lots of nice low hour v8 inboards available in your price range. They do come up locally occasionally but they don’t last long.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby MTCK » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:43 am

Does it have to be new? I’d plug for a low hour used V8 inboard with a little bit of dead rise. Exactly what I bought earlier this year well under your budget to save you some dough for all the other crap you have to buy when you get a new boat.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby gordo » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:02 am

I run the upper Allegheny too. I have a 22ft.Jetcraft, with a 350 and a 212 pump. Go inboard for sure. Gordo
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Ak_Riverrat » Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:03 am

With an outboard, it is nice to have the extra space in the back of the boat. The maneuverability of the inboard especially with something like a 212 pump in my opinion beats an outboard any day. Fuel economy tends to be better with the inboards jets as well and get a bit more speed than an outboard jet. It is only till you switch over to a prop where you can start to see gains in fuel economy and speed with an outboard.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby whee » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:23 pm

With a family of 6 I wouldn’t consider anything less than a 20’ and even that will be tight. Unless you are looking for an open sled type boat.

I have a young family of 5 and my 20’ is crowded. If I were you I’d be looking for a 20-22’ windshield boat. We use ours for towing the kids as much as running the river. I think an onboard aluminum jet boat is the best family boat made.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Coug » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:28 pm

Naïve question from a newbie, but I am looking for something similar as the OP, but just for two people, no kids. What is the advantage of the inboard over the outboard? Reason I ask is that we are looking at a 17' Alaskan.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Mjinpa » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:01 pm

More efficient water intake on inboard pump than outboard. Loose approximately 30 percent of hp with outboard. Just take that into consideration when powering the alaskan. They are awesome boats. Not for a lake though.
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby Jayhad » Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:52 pm

Fergie+1970 wrote: was having second thoughts of going outboard for more economical and more space.

before you carried away with this line of thinking compare the price of repowering a 250 outboard with a jet leg vs a rebuilt V8
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Re: Inboard Vs. Outboard

Postby bigcat_ak » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:18 pm

For me the biggest difference is the inboards ability to hall more weight vs an outboard jet.
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