Well, I sold my Alumacraft classic 165 tiller. Going to go to a dual console boat because Dad needs something to hold onto while under way. Looked at a competitor 175, Lund impact 1775 and going to check out a ranger aluminum 1782 Saturday...anyone running any of these?? Thoughts?
I own a Lund, but I'm totally unbiased.
Get a Lund.
my oldest son bought a Lund 1775 Impact this spring, is a great family boat, and a great boat for fishing as well... he's been very happy
I've owned a Crestliner 1750 Fishhawk that I liked very much, big front deck, nice for fishing
I downsized to a Alumacraft 1650 Competitor, my 2nd Alumacraft... both were tiller and I was/am happy with Alumacraft
I agree with FishHound, you need to go to a dealer or show and see which one fits your style or requirements...
The Impact is a nice deep boat, so also kid friendly... he got the ski pkg and it's great for that too, I was impressed
No dog in this fight, but a friend of mine was looking at a new Lund. I told him to check out the Ranger 1880, since Lund can be a little pricey. I think he's closing on that new Ranger right now.
It is very nice that you are thinking of your dad with a boat. That's why I'd say to look at glass. Better, smoother ride. More stability. And that 1880 may be in the price range as some of the 18 foot metal boats out there.
Not saying you need to purchase one, but it is worth checking out.
Yup, any that's why many of the designers and upper management left Ranger and started a new boat company. No changes to process and procedure after they were purchased by Bass Pro. LOL
......but that's a dandy nine month old YouTube advertisement, it must tell the whole story!
There’s already a similar thread on the boat forum. I think the Lund Impact and the Ranger are very similar in quality. Alumacraft a step down.
Rangers and Trackers are completely different boats as they have always been, and the Rangers are built where they always have in Flippin, AK
I commend your decision to accommodate your father....
I'm a tiller guy for fishing purposes (inland lake), but your intensions are admirable!
I too sold my classic 165 tiller. I went with a Lund 1875 Impact with a full windshield. I wasn't sure if I would like it but I can tell you I absolutely love it. I used to fish mostly rivers but have since bought a cottage and now fish a larger lake, I wouldn't trade away the full windshield. No more getting wet in 1-2 foot waves. The additional speed is nice and the Lund hull rides well. I gave consideration to an Alumacraft but I just like the Lund a little better. Dealer makes a big difference and possibly what motor you want. I've had good luck with Mercury's so that too steered me to the Lund.
I too had a Classic 165, but I went to a smaller Alumacraft. I have owned both Lund and Alumacraft. I would stick with the Alumacraft if you have a good dealer in your area. Alumacraft builds a excellent boat.
I honestly believe only you can make the correct decision for yourselves. I would go see each boat and decide for yourself what will fit you and your dad's needs best.
Make the boat shopping and discussion part of the whole experience and spend every minute possible with your dad while you can. It's the way we did it many years ago and I still remember those trips and discussions. Sure do miss him a lot!