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Old 08-16-17, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Ideal Hooch Boat

Hi Everybody,

I've recently gotten the "you need a boat" itch that I can't shake. I currently have an inflatable pontoon, but I have begun researching boats to see what my options are. I'm currently considering at:

1. Jon boat with Jet outboard
2. Towee Calusa
3. Drift boat

Obviously, each has its own pros/cons. What is everybody's ideal boat set-up for the Southeast? Feel free to direct me to another thread if this has already been answered.

Thanks,
Sam
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Old 08-23-17, 11:41 AM   #2
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I think you'll quickly learn that there's not one perfect boat for our many types of water. I went Towee for the swiss army approach that meets my needs. Not amazing at any one thing, but good a lots.

Search for Towee here, and you'll wind up hitting a lot of threads with the Hooch / Southeast vessel discussion.
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Old 08-23-17, 02:49 PM   #3
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Best boat for the Hooch is a 16ft Aluminum Jet. It goes where all those others cant, you can fish by yourself very easily and it's made of metal instead of fiberglass.

Drift Boats are nice, when you have someone rowing for you.

Towee, Gheenoe, Riverhawk's work very well, if you like the canoe feel. Sorry Swampy

It all depends on where you want to spend most of your time, or expect too. I spend exactly 6 month on the river, 6 months on the lake with a salt trip when able. I wanted a boat that could do all fairly well so I went with an G3 1860 CCT (that's without the jet).

You cant go wrong with any of those as far as the Hooch. Everything's an upgrade from the one man pontoon, trust me I still have one collecting dust.
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Old 08-23-17, 03:06 PM   #4
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Best boat for the Hooch is a 16ft Aluminum Jet.
OH! MY! GOD! HE SAID IT! AND HERE IT IS IN WRITING!!!

I wish I had one. Oh, wait...

To be fair, a jet foot on an 18 like the Bum's would also be sweet for the river. A prop foot on my 16 is going to be sweet on the lake, when that happens.

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Old 08-23-17, 03:32 PM   #5
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OH! MY! GOD! HE SAID IT! AND HERE IT IS IN WRITING!!!

I wish I had one. Oh, wait...

To be fair, a jet foot on an 18 like the Bum's would also be sweet for the river. A prop foot on my 16 is going to be sweet on the lake, when that happens.

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Old 08-23-17, 04:21 PM   #6
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I can't argue with skibum. I like my Gheenoe, but I don't dare attempt to pass the shoals at McGinnis Ferry or Jones Bridge due to the fiberglass hull. I must bow my head in respect and say that skibum's advice is dead on right.
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Old 08-23-17, 07:17 PM   #7
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Is Jetboat Jerry still on the river. His homemade jet ski driven aluminum boats seemed like a new perfect hull setup.
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Old 08-30-17, 05:53 PM   #8
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I cant speak directly to the Towees, but one big gripe I had with my Riverhawk (inferior construction to Towee but similar layout) was lack of up front space. I felt the front seat was too far fwd leaving the rider with little room and causing some planing issues when I brought along fat friends.

Most jons are going to hold their width front to back rather than a riverhawk or towee which tapers. My new boat for instance is a 1548 jon with 60/45 jet power and big front and rear casting decks. The rear deck is I think 66in wide.

With both boats I've installed tiller handle trolling motors on the front. That way any dummy I bring along will be able to operate the front of the boat. No one is fumbling trying to learn a foot controlled motor.

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Old 08-30-17, 06:00 PM   #9
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Old 08-30-17, 09:44 PM   #10
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Hey Sam,

I was in the same position and went with the Towee Calusa.

Can't speak highly enough of Towee, Stable, fast, poles well, handles rocks and abuse. You get great casting space for 2 anglers.

Be happy to show you mine if you fish around roswell
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