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  1. Everydog

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    I am looking at this boat in Phoenix.
    I checked some threads here and Crestliners are regarded fairly well.

    Would a appreciate some comments. What I have noticed about it , or been told, galvanized trailer with moveable tongue. , The fish finders and trolling motor are pretty new. Bimini top , which I don't think I care about is pretty new. Tires new. it looks like there is a lot of value there and I have been told by a friend that that motor is worth a bit too.

    I think it weighs around 1750 pounds? My largest car is a toyota sienna rated for 3500 pounds. Will that work at a steep boat launch, I think so, because I see people move boats like this with old mini-pickups but I don't want that kind of buyers remorse for sure. .

    Is a Kelp worthy on good days?

    The owner offers trials on a lake. I guess he could let me tow it there.

    How is it priced?

    https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/boa/d/maricopa-aluminum-boat-year-2001/7266880634.html


    Thank you,
     
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    She looks well taken care of. No dings in the hull to speak of and the trailer's rust free. Swing tongue'll be handy if storing in a garage. Fresh water use only, (?) is a plus. That 50 hp will get good gas mileage. The Sienna has front-wheel drive, no? Should be able to pull this just fine. I think it would be fine for the bays and kelp IMO...
     
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    In this market its a good not great deal. Any small boat you purchase you need to put 75 percent of the value in the motor and that has a 4 stroke which looks like its been well kept. You should get a compression test on it. Its been very hard to get a "good deal" right now due to covid and everyone buying boats for something to do as a family.
    I actually was going to re-power my little 17' skiff around Christmas and every shop in town told me they have no motors. That thing will do the kelp beds just fine, 90 percent of the year assuming you aren't sticking 5 guys in it. I fished solo for the last 3 years on a 12' skiff almost every weekend and I would occasionally take it to the 9 when I had time and the weather opened the window for me.
     
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    Thank you all. I suspect in a year or so it could be more of a buyer's market but I want to move now and there are not a lot of good boats in my budget.

    It looks like I am going out on it for an hour or so on Lake Pleasant on Sunday. I'll get him to put it through everything.
     
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    Yep, I was going to add to take him up on his offer for a lake trial. Great way to "kick the tires" and ask questions -- and maybe get the asking price down a bit.
     
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    Good luck Everydog!

    That's a good looking boat. Lakes, bay, kelp beds and on occasions off shore a few miles. That 50hp should do the job. Because its aluminum and lower weight, your Toyota Sienna should handle open towing fine. Just remember, steep slippery ramps are always a challenge, regardless what type of vehicle you drive. My bass boat weighs 2500 fully loaded +/- few hundred pounds. I used my 2 wheel drive Ford Explorer for years and was never fully comfortable. When I finally got my 4 wheel drive Ford Expedition my confident level is much higher now.

    Enjoy the lake trial!!

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    Thank you Mel,
    I am pretty excited. Like a little kid maybe and that'd a good thing. The boat looks good, the man sounds like a good person on the phone, just can't help remembering that it is craigslist. I have had a real run of liars lately, Saw the "perfect" boat the other day and in person it looked about as seaworthy as a late change baby diaper.
     
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    So true Everydog, its craigslist. Sounds like you've done your home work. Keep open minded. Pictures look good. Glad he's been open up front in your conversations.

    Life already has it many challenges, especially covid, and still we face people always trying to "pull a fast one" I hate liars!!!!

    I remember when I bought my bass boat. I've always respected Anglers Marine. Even better, I knew the previous owner. Before I saw the boat, I knew upkeep and maintenance was always top notched. I've had the boat for almost 6 years and have had no regrets, other than I just don't spend enough time chasing the green fish!

    Have fun on your test run!!

    Mel - Kahuna bass
    "Time to chase the green fish again"
     
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    Thank you Mel, Getting a cheerful post like that right before I hit the road was a real shot in the arm. (does anyone say that anymore?)
     
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    I got the boat, It's officially a 2001 16.5 Crestliner Fish hawk. Built like a tank it seems even compared to the other Crestliner model I had seen. The aluminum gauge is thick.

    We did a good workout on the lake. That went very well even with me not driving too smoothly. Hope there isn't a problem that creeps in over a few more hours of run time that is being hidden from me. Probably not. The man was business-like, but kind and fair in what came up while I was there.

    Got the price down 400, I guess due to fish finders being a little older than he thought. They are still pretty new though, and have side-scan, which I am glad to upgrade from my Kayak fish finder.

    Only buyers remorse is that it isn't the perfect bass boat( whatever that is ), but a mullti-species fishing boat is better for me I think.

    Edit. And the kids like it.
     
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    Well done Everydog!!! You're a boat owner!! I've heard nothing but great things about the Crestliner Fish Hawk. So it's not the perfect bass boat, but having options makes the boat more enjoyable.

    And knowing that your ohana likes the boat, it makes it even better. Have a great time on your new fish catching machine!!

    Mel - Kahuna bass
     
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    Thank you, Mel.
     
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    looks perfect for the checkered kind...and the sandy kind too
     
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    Flat kind?
     
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    Flat, red, white, black, spotted, silver skinny slimy ones and yellow fast ones too.
     
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    Congrats on the purchase. I've been learning from this thread and living vicariously through your experience. Have fun out there.
     
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    One of our most knowledgeable community members here was super helpful in private messages. It's a process and there is not perfect used boat or even boat type even if you decide if you want to generalize or specialize on species.

    Working on my boater card courses now, I guess at my age I don't need one and I could probably eke out a pass on life experience, but it seems like a good practice as I am finding plenty of things I am clueless about or can improve on. .
     
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    Congrats on the boat man!
     
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    Thank you , Tony!
     
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    Here's another one. Looks like a good honda motor , less than mine and local . Not sure why I didn't see it. Possible that the aluminum is one of the lighter gauged ones I saw. Mine doesn't have the SC designator. Not sure though. Nice boat either way and from the looks of the seller's garage trophies they caught some fish.

    https://offerup.com/item/detail/1030260297/
     
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