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I hope to soon be an aluminum boat owner!

Postby boybadone » Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:14 am

Hey guys,

I have dreamed of owning an aluminum boat for years now. I love the idea of having a boat that is durable, relatively light and most importantly rot free! I am finally in a position to buy one. Unfortunately, my budget is very tight and aluminum boats are not plentiful in Chicago. Luckily, I have found two within my price range (under 10k).

The first is a 20 ft 1988 Challenger Elite with a 351 and dominator jet. I do not have much info on the second yet but I believe it is an Almar Sounder 22-24' with 2006 135 Optimax outboard (around 2 to 2.5k hours). This boat was used commercially at a towing company and is well worn with a bunch of noticeable dents on the side. I will likely sell the Optimax and purchase an Etec 135HO prop.

Admittedly, I know very little about aluminum boats other than what I have researched. That being said, I realize these boats are completely different.

If I purchase the challenger with what looks like a 6 to 10 degree deadrise, I will use it on the shallower parts of our local river (Fox river). This boat seems to be turn key and they are only asking $7500.

If I purchase the Almar (20 degree deadrise?) I will use it on the deeper part of the river, lakes and the occasional trip to Lake Michigan. This boat is only $3000 with motor and trailer but the Etec will cost me $7000.

I know this has been long winded and slightly confusing but I would really like to hear your comments on my options. Will the challenger be too harsh a ride (the river can become congested)? Would you put a newer motor on the Almar? Is it worth it? Will the dents affect the performance?

Any insight you can provide will be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: I hope to soon be an aluminum boat owner!

Postby gordo » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:46 am

Out of the two,I'd go with the inboard. Gordo
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Re: I hope to soon be an aluminum boat owner!

Postby boybadone » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:07 pm

Thanks, Gordo. Of course the inboard is sold ha
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