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 Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff 
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Post Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
I have backwater gx690 on order. I have 2 older boats to choose from. A wooden 1644 skiff or a 1636 aluminum boat.
Both need a little work. Used in soft muddy marsh. No trees or rocks to be concerned. Which would you choose and why? First post and gonna be first mud motor.


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Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:12 am
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Post Re: Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
Yes. The answer is yes.

You'd likely get better performance out of the aluminum boat given it's narrower hull and possibly being a lighter boat. If they're similar in weight, and using the same motor, I think the wooden boat being bigger, though it may be slower empty, will lose less speed when carrying the same load as the aluminum boat...maybe. I know that I can push my 1848 faster empty than I can the 2448, but the 2448 takes more to bog down.

I'd use whichever one is easier to make useable by the time the motor arrives. Then, when I wasn't playing in that one I'd work on the other, and when it's ready try it as well. If you do that, let us know what you find.


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Post Re: Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
Use the aluminum. Not enough difference between the 2 in base size for the 44 to be that much better, but the aluminum carries that width farther forward. Itll do better with a small longtail, and likely be a bit lighter than that wooden boat (dunno about the weight for sure, though).

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Post Re: Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
Btw, that is gonna be a lot of motor for a boat that narrow. I've had that same engine on a 1546 and a 1442. Turning is gonna be entertaining for anyone not in the boat with you, and squirrelly with this being your first longtail. Dont get in a hurry to get places, and learn how to run it safely. Be careful and wear your kill switch and life jacket. And dont go in big water, ever, with that thing.

Enjoy it, itll be a good rig. Just know it has some limitations and you'll have a lot of fun.


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Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:03 pm
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Post Re: Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
Thanks for responses. I’m leaning towards the wood because I think it would be safer. Little wider and taller sides. Anyone ever had a mm on a wooden skiff? Thanks fellas.


Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:49 am
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Post Re: Which boat Jon boat or wood skiff
Decided on wooden skiff. Found a little rot. Gonna repair hopefully next week. Boat is heavier than I remember easily 350 lbs I guess. Any ideas on speed? How should she handle? Thanks


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