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Re: Thoughts on going from sailboat to motorboat?
Had a Rothbilt 19' with a Honda on the back. Was able the launch and retrieve easily by myself. Great boat for trolling, jigging and fly fishing. Never had a t top and only very low wind screen so easy to fly fish on. Very classy look as I kept bright work up to par. Heavy for size so not at all pukeogenic even when bottom fishing in the swells. Has lap strake hull for very dry ride.
Downside is they are not cheap and few turn over on used market. Sold mine to get a gold wing and still miss it. Sold for more than I paid but I wooded everything and put down epiphanes, replaced prop and replaced electronics.
Other boat to look at is Eastern. Friend (also a sailor) uses his for raking quahogs, fishing Blues and strippers. Helm is enclosed on three sides with t top on top. Never leaves the water
If I ever get a fish boat again it will be one of the aluminum welded boat they make in the pnw. Something like a pacific or the like. I come to believe in having stuff the pros use and less maintenance whenever possible. Still the Rothbilt was beautiful.
Last edited by outbound; 08-22-2015 at 01:13 PM.