Older Aluminum deep hull fishing skiffs

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  1. Coby

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    I saw this older listing in the classified section. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/19-ft-custom-alum-skiff-project.622111/

    It is exactly the kind of boat I'm looking for. 19' or larger deep Hull aluminum. Does anyone know who made that boat or was it a garage build. (must have been one hell of a garage). Anyway are there other manufacturers that made boats similar to this that are older (therefore more affordable) ?? thanks for any help.
     
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    Check out Pacific boats
     
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    Did Pacific make boats in the 80's and 90's? What I'm seeing are newer boats that are well out of my range.
     
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    I remember lusting after that posting back then. I think I remember hearing that it was garage built from a guy that "copied " a stringari. Good Luck w your hunt. For brain food check out some of Australian or NZ aluminum skiffs nowadays, they look great.
     
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    just insure it is a welded seam hull and not riveted..those pinholes catch up with you...
     
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    Aren't Starcraft riveted boats?
     
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    Pacific started in 1986. Fell in love with one of their smaller skiffs until I saw the price.

    A Starcraft is not in the same league.
     
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    Really? Glad to know that. May I ask why, and is it because they are riveted boats as Reel Kahuna mentioned?

    Yea the price thing is the tough part for me. That is why I'm looking for an older boat. Even though it is not in the same league I may have to go with something like the Star.
     
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    I had the best 19' Pacific. Thing was a TANK. I went to hell and back in that boat in the NE and it never let me down. Wouldn't ever consider another make for an aluminum.

    That being said to your point it's so rare that one comes on the market they are a pretty penny even when they are older. Mine sold within a few hours of putting it on the market. I got $20k even with an older Yamaha 4 stroke with 3,000 hours on it.
     
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    Yea, and I'm seeing older Starcrafts for 5-6k. Would it be that bad of a choice for a beginner that wants to get into saltwater fishing?
     
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    Starcarft are good bay and delta boats but they're made with thinner gauge aluminum and riveted. Eventually they'll spring a leak.
    I fished on a couple of Starcraft kind of bobbed like a cork while anchored fishing for Sturgeon and didn't take too liking on moderate swells.
     
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    Rivits VS welded is part of it. A Pacific is a high end boat and a Startcraft is a production boat. Pacific is built stronger with thicker plate and better support. You get what you pay for.

    Also note that few if any production boats are a true deep V.
     
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    No gregor fans?
     
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    They look nice but they are all smaller lake boats right? I saw an older 17' skiff yesterday but it's gone today so there must be fans somewhere.
     
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    They make 22' boats too. Small, but.....
     
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    How about a Bayrunner Baja
     

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