WTB Small Aluminum Skiff - Gregor, Lowe, Klamath, etc.

Discussion in 'Fishing Boats For Sale Classified Ads' started by errock_22, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. errock_22

    errock_22 Professional Fuel Burner

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    Hi guys,

    Looking for a small 14-16' aluminum skiff or similar to get my special needs son out on the water with me.

    I want to get this tagged for Lake Casitas and for the occasional trip to the Sierras. I've already got my Ranger 240 Bahia but I hate dealing with the quarantine periods at our lakes. Seems like as soon as the Ranger is cleared at the lake, I want to fish the islands and then the quarantine starts over again if I want to hit the lake.

    Here's my ideal rig:

    14-16' overall w/ trailer
    20" transom preferred
    15hp or better, 4 stroke preferred.
    Bimini would be awesome.
    Trolling motor and electronics are a plus.

    Not having any of the items above is not a deal breaker, simply a preference....most of these are easily added or upgraded.

    Let me know if you have one you are looking to get rid of or know if someone who does.

    Thanks!
    Eric
     
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  2. EL JEFE

    EL JEFE Well-Known "Member"

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    Hey Eric!

    I just purchased a 15' alum boat for the same reason....to take my special needs son with me on trips to the local lakes. Mine has a 20" transom and a Merc 30hp 4 stroke. I live near DVL/Skinner/Perris so these are my home lakes. 4 stroke was a must.

    I want a smaller motor (9.8/15) so that I can lift in/out of my truck bed.... so I have the 30hp for sale.

    Here's a Gregor 15 that is near me and I was going to see it but purchased the 15 just before I found this one. Looks clean and appears to have a 20" transom. The walk through is nice too!

    If I hadn't found mine, I probably would have purchased this one....

    https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/boa/d/gregor-chw-51l/6557417650.html
     
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  3. errock_22

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    Awesome Carlos! That looks like what I’m thinking of. Thank you, I’ll take a look!
     
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  4. okgene

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    Hi Eric,

    Have you ever owned a small aluminum skiff? The reason I ask is because they are very tippy and depending on your sons special needs may not be the most ideal boat.

    If you are dead set on getting one, feel free to swing by and borrow mine for a weekend and see if works for you.

    I'm not too far in Granada Hills, CA
     
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  5. errock_22

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    Hi Gene,

    Very, very cool of you to offer, I dig the BD community! Much appreciated!

    Yes, I’ve owned one before, actually a 14’ Mirrocraft, probably similar to yours. I don’t remember it being too tippy, but then again, I was just out of high school, so I was young and spry.....and oblivious.

    My biggest concern is safety, a pontoon is the safest bet but I’d be limited for parking storage. I already have my Ranger, which is pretty big and takes up a ton of space. I’m also a bit concerned about loading and unloading the pontoon on my own. I guess my thought was that a smaller aluminum would more manageable. I would definitely put in floor boards and either pull the middle seat or find one like Carlos found with the walk through. He’s pretty good about most stuff and I figured he would sit on a small bean bag when running around so he’s down low. And of course he’d be wearing a life jacket at all times and probably one hand on him from Dad. I’m super protective of my little guy. Lol.

    I’ve been thinking about just going and getting into a larger walk through as well. Just looking at options before he gets out of school for the summer.
     
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  7. J Woodman

    J Woodman I know nothing

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  8. Hismosa

    Hismosa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  9. errock_22

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    Yup. Definitely a scam. I figured it was but called anyway. Ended up email only and the boat was unavailable to view but they were happy to ship the boat to me once I sent them the money. Lol.

    I had a field day screwing with them. LOL
     
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  10. noahfex

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    I'm in San Diego and in the process of getting my 15' Gregor MX510 for sale. It's been an amazing local skiff, but I no longer have a place to store it, so it has to go.

    It's a 1986 hull with a 1986 evinrude 28 spl in good shape, decked with non-skid coated marine ply. The trailer is in good shape too (bought essentially new in 2013). If this is at all interesting to you, let me know and I can send you some pictures.

    Thanks and good luck with finding a boat!
     
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  11. GOFAST88

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    I have an older 15' gregor, A 2013/ new in 2015 yamaha 20Hp electric start tiller with less than 40 hours. The boat has seen better days, I originally bought it for the 18' Galv. trailer it was on but rebuilt it and have a tig welder that I patched the holes with. Not a looker but fishes just fine, Caught yellowtail in it in Demeber off point loma.... I am almost done with the new boat and will be posting for sale soon.... It needs a trailer... Or I have the old Steel trailer my other boat came with to get you home. Ill make you a great deal if your interested.
     
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  12. bajabum

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    I have a 15 ft Fisher for sale.
    40 hp merc. Bait tank fish finder
    Trolling motor. Good trailer.
    $1800

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  13. EL JEFE

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    Eric-

    I also considered a 20'-22' pontoon but was also concerned about the solo launching/retrieving. It is a very safe option.

    I decided on the 15' alum boat due to its simplicity, easy launch/retrieve, and lower cost. If it doesn't work out and I decide to go a different route, these boats are pretty easy to sell.

    My son (13yo) is on the spectrum but is well-behaved and a great listener. He loves the outdoors!

    As mentioned, my primary use will be at my local lakes where waters are calm and flat. Great simple setup for lakes, Sierras, Colorado River, Lake Havasu/Mojave, etc.

    I plan on a few safety upgrades.......

    1. Flat floors

    2. My 15' has the the full beam center seat. I plan on cutting out the center section creating a center walk through. This makes it safer to walk for/aft.

    3. Custom bow/stern rails that extend well forward and aft; not completely around boat but close to it (approx 70%-80%). About 12" tall. I think this will help tremendously to prevent any accidental fall overs. The rails serves two primary issues....

    A. Increasing height of gunnel to assist in preventing accidental fall overs
    B. As a grab rail when maneuvering around boat

    You and your son are welcome to come by and check out my boat and take a ride in it if you would like. DVL is only 15 min from my home!
     
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  14. errock_22

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    Those are all great ideas! Thank you for your offer Carlos, much appreciated!

    His geneticist at UCLA, actually doesn't know what he has. We know he has extra material on the short arm of his 18th chromosome. There less than a dozen cases like this that the medical community is aware of, so no one really knows how it will manifest as he gets older. We think it's similar to Tetrasomy 18p. He was born without the "flap" over his esophagus, so it was a straight pipe to his stomach and the acid actually "welded" his tonsils and vocal chords together because of scar tissue from the acid as an infant. He's had a few surgeries to repair but he is unable to speak. He seems to have grown out of his seizure phase, he'd go stiff and stop breathing....the scariest part was that his body would forget to kick the breathing back in after he stopped seizing sometimes, we would have to give him mouth to mouth occasionally until he kicked back in, it's been a good 5 years since his last one, but talk about sleepless nights for a while!! He's 12 but he's tiny....looks like an 8yo, which is ok for now, since I can handle him when he gets ornery. LOL.

    I appreciate everyone's feedback and offers, I'm going to look at a boat later this morning and will report back with what happens.
     
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  15. okgene

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    I agree 100%. If you were dead set on going aluminum, I was going to suggest a bayrunner, since most already come with what is listed above.

    Awesome! Keep us updated. And let us know if you need any help!
     
  16. charliecat

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    Hey Eric, another option to consider is a Livingston skiff. The 14' is really stable, and is pretty deep (except for the raised area down center between sponsons). I feel really safe with my daughter in there, more so than other skiffs I've had her in due to the depth and stability. They also are really light, so doesn't take too much HP to push them, and easy to trailer, drag around etc.
    You are a brave man, and a good dad. Best of luck brother.
     
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  17. sasabune

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    I'm also interested in a skiff. Can you send me pictures and price.
    GoFast88,

    I'm also interested in a 15' Gregor. Can you send send pics and price? Thanks,

    David
     
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  18. errock_22

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    Update - Found the one!

    Picked her up this AM. 17’ (with an 8’ beam!) Triumph skiff, only 140 hours on the Yamaha and just pristine. Sounds like it was only ever used at Big Bear lake. Tons of deck space, almost no keel so it’s super stable. More than I initially wanted to spend but split it with my brothers, they have little ones too, so it worked out great!

    Stoked! Now to prep for inspection!

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  19. EL JEFE

    EL JEFE Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice find Eric! Your boy already looks stoked! You two are going to have great times!

    After looking at how stable that platform is.....you got me thinking!!!
     
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  20. okgene

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    Nice! Congrats!

    Do you mind sharing how much you paid?
     

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