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#46 patricksr

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Posted February 24 2010 - 5:20 PM

I bought a 1987 14' duranautic offshore aluminum boat last month. It looks real solid to me. I can't wait to get it in the water.


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#47 Bass Ackwards

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Posted February 24 2010 - 5:47 PM

I have been using my 16" Fisher SV16GT bass boat for stripers along the Connecticut coast and take it up to Squam lake for a week each year. I replaced the 12V troller to a 24V MinnKota RipTide, installed a custom built "dead well" behind the helm with 2 adjustable seats that can easily hold 4 keeper stripers to 50" and it's made out of HDPE, a new ProMariner 3 bank Tournament charger not yet installed, a pedestil seat at the bow and transom, 3 top quality fully charged batteries, auxillary gas tank, Racor water seperating gas filter, 60hp Mercury 4 stroke, and more.

Last year we probably put over 300 stripers into it (released all but a couple for the table) and now it's up for sale for an excellent price. New boat is coming in ~3 weeks.


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#48 Basspond

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Posted February 25 2010 - 8:53 AM

I was looking for about six months for a good 14-16ft aluminum boat to use in the salt, same areas as the original poster. Navesink, Shrewsbury rivers, and Raritan Bay. I really liked quintrex, but they were hard to find used and in my price range at the time.
I eventually found a 2001 14 starcraft patriot. This boat is great, very wide, all welded, full aluminum floor, no wood, and the 14 is rated for up to a 40hp! I run a 25 four stroke yamaha.
I think they changed the design of this model over the years as the newer ones I've seen have boxes that come all the way up on the sides, mine are only half this height and are great shelves for rods and where I have my fishfinder mounted.
I have fished the rivers to the bug light to staten island in it. I have a 20 SeaCraft now, but I still use the tin boat a lot in the rivers.


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#49 MdCrappie

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Posted February 26 2010 - 10:56 PM

I think they changed the design of this model over the years as the newer ones I've seen have boxes that come all the way up on the sides, mine are only half this height and are great shelves for rods and where I have my fishfinder mounted.


Basspond - I think they just "add" storage boxes to the top on some models of the newer boats as I've seen boats with and without them. I just picked up a 2000 16' Patriot with a 40 (4S) tiller on it. I enlarged the front deck on mine. Here is is almost done. I've since added a removable 29 gal bait tank, interior lights, depthfinders and GPS. Just waiting for the snow to melt now.


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#50 Basspond

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Posted February 27 2010 - 8:33 PM

Those are some neat modifications you did to yours. Where did you mount the gas tank?
The patriot model starcrafts are so wide and stable its great.
I always get a lot of looks and questions at the ramp about my 14 and where I found it.


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#51 MdCrappie

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Posted February 27 2010 - 10:33 PM

Those are some neat modifications you did to yours. Where did you mount the gas tank?
The patriot model starcrafts are so wide and stable its great.
I always get a lot of looks and questions at the ramp about my 14 and where I found it.


I put a 12 gallon poly tank behind the rear bench. (I only have one bench seat.) This pic was taken before it was complete, but the tank fits on the floor underneath where the tiller handle is right now. On the starboard side I put a group 29 battery to run my trolling motor. There is also a (removable) bait tank in the middle now for livelining bait.
75" beam and (i think) 12 degrees of deadrise make for a dynamite Chesapeake Bay boat.


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#52 MdCrappie

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Posted March 02 2010 - 1:22 PM

Those are some neat modifications you did to yours. Where did you mount the gas tank?
The patriot model starcrafts are so wide and stable its great.
I always get a lot of looks and questions at the ramp about my 14 and where I found it.

Here's what it looks like now...without my baittank
The front deck was really easy to put in. I used the small aluminum deck to do most of the support. I then put 1/2 plywood on top.


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#53 GregPavlov

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Posted March 03 2010 - 10:06 PM

Basspond - I think they just "add" storage boxes to the top on some models of the newer boats as I've seen boats with and without them.

That's nice work you did on that boat.....
I'm pretty sure that one major reason for those boxes is to stiffen the hull.


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#54 MdCrappie

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Posted March 04 2010 - 11:48 AM

That's nice work you did on that boat.....
I'm pretty sure that one major reason for those boxes is to stiffen the hull.

Thanks!
The boxes are really for storage. I don't think they do any hull support, maybe stiffen the sides a bit. They basically just screw on top of the carpeted boards that you see running down the sides of my boat.
Here is a pic I found of a Patriot140 with the boxes.


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#55 Gethooked

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Posted March 04 2010 - 2:04 PM

Nice job. Looks great. I reworked a 21' 1973 Starcraft CC a few years ago and themn sold it. I regret getting rid of it now.


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#56 GregPavlov

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Posted March 04 2010 - 10:52 PM

Thanks!
The boxes are really for storage. I don't think they do any hull support, maybe stiffen the sides a bit. They basically just screw on top of the carpeted boards that you see running down the sides of my boat. ....

Sorry, I thought that the box-looking things on the sides of your boat were also storage boxes: I have a Lund Alaskan and my boat is arranged the same way, with a platform in front and boxes running down the sides from the back of the platform to the front of the splashwell in the rear. In mine the boxes have hatches so I can get into them for storage.
By "hull" I meant the sides. If you look at Lund's lineup, for example, all of the lighter boats have either bench seats or side boxes. About 5-6 years ago a flyfishing magazine ran a story on how one of their editors bought a 16' Lund for near-shore saltwater fishing and how he modified it. After he had done a lot of work he took it out and noticed a lot of flexing in the hull sides. Lund told him that the problem was that in removing the benches in the boat, he removed a (side) hull stiffener. I am willing to bet that the side boxes are meant to accomplish the same thing. If they weren't needed, you'd see Lund selling stripped-down models without them, I'm willing to bet, or on one side only.


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#57 MdCrappie

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Posted March 05 2010 - 3:24 PM

Greg,
I know for sure that the "boxes" running the length of my sides is for support. They are filled entirely with 2 part foam. I had to "dig" out a trench in the starboard one to run my wiring underneath.


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Posted March 05 2010 - 4:21 PM

2010 TRACKER® Guide V15 Laker ALL-WELDED Deep V
Saw one at Bass Pro last weekend and it was laid out nice


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Posted March 05 2010 - 4:21 PM

Thanks!
The boxes are really for storage. I don't think they do any hull support, maybe stiffen the sides a bit. They basically just screw on top of the carpeted boards that you see running down the sides of my boat.

Here is a pic I found of a Patriot140 with the boxes.

Thought that looked familiar


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#60 EricW

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Posted March 05 2010 - 5:04 PM

I've got a 2006 14 Mirrocraft deep v that I absolutely love. Easy to trailer and load with 1 person. Never have to get my feet wet
I have a 15 hp merc on it. Never a leak. I really don't know how it would work in the salt with the rivets because I use it in freshwater.
I also have a 1970 mirror craft 12' that was my main boat until a tree hit it in 2007. That is why I got the 14. It was 37 years old and never leaked a drop. Got banged around pretty good over the years.


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