It's a really nice boat. 25 HP motor. Clean boat. Fish finder. 1 year warranty. I would maybe use it 5 -7 times a year. Like I said, I usually am not one to go on waters that require too much speed or mobility. I've only had canoes and john boats etc... So, since I've never really considered a regular fishing boat, for those that have one, what are some of the hassles and joys to expect? Insurance costs? Shrinkwrapping? General upkeep? It's a great gift, but I don't want this to be money unwisely spent either on the relative. I'm weighing the plusses and minuses. Thoughts??? Thanks.
Would you take this fishing boat?
A bit off topic, but you mentioned that you enjoy canoeing in Vilas County. I love to kayak / canoe. One year we started at Aurora Lake in Vilas County (hardly a lake) and went into Aurora Creek, and ended up in Plum Lake. It is an all day trek, but really, really, really, remote.
Guaranteed you will not run into anybody. No beer cans, soda bottles, or litter of any type. To be honest, I felt like our group was the first to ever do it.
I recommend taking the boat. Oh, insurance is cheap. Maintenance isn't bad, change the lower unit lube every fall and the oil if it is 4 stroke. That is the majority of it.
Plus, how does this boat specifically seem to sound? From all accounts, I'm hearing positive things about it from you guys and others. I have never owned a boat other than a John and usually fish the small lakes and enjoy that. I do know it would be fun for the kids and wife to have a a fishing boat, so that's partly the idea of the gift. But we do a lot of other outdoor stuff too, so iI wonder how often we'd get out and of how long a shot. With my kids being 8, 5, and not even a year, is this the right timing?
This offer came out of the blue, so to put it in relative terms, it might be like if somebody offered your family a free Harley, permanent ice shack, a horse, trampoline, or a large hauling trailer. All would be great items that have value, but do they fit the needs of you and your family? So, thanks for the feedback and thoughts. Appreciate it.