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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2018, 22:46 
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From another thread on 12 vs 14, I indicated I am more inclined to a traditional semi v as opposed to a jon. However, I came across one that piqued my interest. It is prolly 45 min. away, so I don't want to drive out just for s&g's. The boat is only a few year old 1448MV mod v with an 1987 9.9 Honda recently tuned with an ignition upgrade, a couple of small trollers, and 3/4" decking(kinda heavy).
Curious as to opinions on the boat as well as the price. $2000. More than I was looking to spend, but it seemed like a lot of boat for the money. Gotta think if I didn't like it that I could easily get my monet back.
I only have a 4 banger Tacoma with a bumper hitch, and the owner said it should pull as smooth as glass. What say you?
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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2018, 23:09 

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You could tow that with a civic. Be a good solid boat and those motors hold a decent value so you could always upgrade later.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 00:13 

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My best friend has a 1999 4x4 Tacoma 4cyl and pulls a 18ft cc tracker for about the last 15yrs. The boat is worth the 2k in my opinion.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 11:00 

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Trailer has xtra long tongue - another plus.

looks like a good boat.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 14:02 

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Is that a long shaft motor on a short transom boat, or is that just perspective?

BTW, the specs of your bumper hitch are likely imprinted on the bumper, somewhere near the hitch.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 15:16 

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The decking doesn't look like it's been done very well. Almost looks like it's slanted in the front like a ramp. That can be renovated with minimal expense though.

As said, that's a solid boat and motor. Will not be super fast with a 9.9. Best I ever got out of my 1448 with a 9.8 Merc was 18 mph lightly loaded. The trailer looks nice too. With the axle mounted that far back it should be a piece of cake to back down the ramp.

I tow a 1448 Alumacraft and a 25 Johnson, (~800lbs in current trim) with a 4 cylinder 2wd Ford Ranger. Pulls like it's not even back there, have never spun a tire on a ramp. That boat will be no problem at all with a Tacoma.

I wouldn't consider 2000 to be a smoking deal but not unfair either. 15-1800 would be the sweet spot IMO.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 16:32 

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The decking doesn't look like it's been done very well. Almost looks like it's slanted in the front like a ramp. That can be renovated with minimal expense though.

As said, that's a solid boat and motor. Will not be super fast with a 9.9. Best I ever got out of my 1448 with a 9.8 Merc was 18 mph lightly loaded. The trailer looks nice too. With the axle mounted that far back it should be a piece of cake to back down the ramp.

I tow a 1448 Alumacraft and a 25 Johnson, (~800lbs in current trim) with a 4 cylinder 2wd Ford Ranger. Pulls like it's not even back there, have never spun a tire on a ramp. That boat will be no problem at all with a Tacoma.

I wouldn't consider 2000 to be a smoking deal but not unfair either. 15-1800 would be the sweet spot IMO.



I agree would place the value at closer to 12-1500, IMO, assuming all the paperwork (title, registration, etc. is all in order). The motor is a bit undersized and mismatched on the shaft length, and its 30 years old, and the boat itself needs some rework on the floor. No telling what the trailer needs.

As far as towing though: piece of cake with your Tacoma.



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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 17:59 
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Well, thanks for all of the comments and help. Like I said, I wasn't keen on a jon, and I think have found my new ride if the Lord's willin' and the creeks don't rise(although they have risen a lot around here the past two days). Have spoken with owner and got all of the details. As soon as the snow is off the roads and the cold snap ends, I am making a road trip(north of Pittsburgh). Looks like a jack stand will be my first purchase. Includes trolling motor, fish finder, nets, oars, life jackets, live well.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 20:20 
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I don't know if its just to photo but that trailer screams potential problems to me, it just looks badly maintained.to me, get some new bearings in it quick smart and havexa good look for rust.
One thing people always forget about with boats is the trailer, it doesn't matter how good a boat is on the water if you can't get it there.
I do prefer the 1st boat myself, not at that price and I would be moving on the motor and getting something bigger with a short shaft. I'd also redo the floor but on something like that its easy to do.
The 2nd one, well and this is just me, anyone who drills a hull to mount a transducer is an idiot, weld or braze a bit of square aluminum tube or similar to mount it to or at yhe keast use super tough epoxy like glass bedfing compond to mount it to clean metal.
But the moment you drill under the water line your causing future problems.
Thats my opinion, others might differ, but I've had to patch too many holes on boats I've bought because some numpty took a drill to the hull.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 20:32 
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Trailer looks to be very serviceable and has had bearing buddies recently installed. Current owner stated it trailers very easily. Why do you think the hull has been drilled for the transducer? The wire is coming over the transom and not through the hull. An elderly gentleman(like me :lol:) owns it and it seems to have been well cared for.
BTW, I don't understand why there has been a couple of comments on the Alweld having the incorrect shaft length on the Motor. Could it be the camera angle or is it certain that this is a long shaft on a 15" transom? I dunno. Really is moot now, anyway.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 21:34 
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The 1st photo doesn't appear to have any cap on it at all, the second one has what looks like a bew one, the tyres look onld and like its been sitting a while.
The transducer is sitting flush against the transom but I can't see the holes close enough, but the mound on the left definitely has visible rivets or bolts holding it on.

Thats by no means a deal breaker, its just IMO the worst way to mount anything to a hull.
It probably won't effect you unless you mount something different in the future.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2018, 22:55 

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WV1951 wrote:
Well, thanks for all of the comments and help. Like I said, I wasn't keen on a jon, and I think have found my new ride if the Lord's willin' and the creeks don't rise(although they have risen a lot around here the past two days). Have spoken with owner and got all of the details. As soon as the snow is off the roads and the cold snap ends, I am making a road trip. Looks like a jack stand will be my first purchase.


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From a functionality standpoint those two will not be much different, aside from the much higher freeboard of the nymph. It will have a drier ride and less chance of swamping.

Both have a very flat dead rise and will pound in rough water, the upside to that being higher stability.

Unless the nymph is dirt cheap, the Alweld certainly looks like the better package. The trailer under the Nymph is in need of some TLC for sure.


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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2018, 05:53 
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This just proves how our wants/needs differ. I would have personally looked at the mod-v and the trailer at 2k and never given the nymph a second look. The Alweld is easily a $2300 or so boat.



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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2018, 11:01 

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Both are good looking boats. Depends on intended use. If you are doing more open water then the v hull is the obvious choice. To be honest, unless I was doing trolling or big water, I’d have chosen the allweld. It will be a tougher boat with more useable space and the trailer looks way better. Both boats need motor upgrades to at least double the hp unless you are in very small or hp restricted water. Good luck.


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