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Hello anglers.

 

I have an inflatable right now powered by my arms and I'm looking to upgrade and put a troller on it.

 

There's a 12 foot Jon boat on sale at Cdn Tire right now for $599. It says it's 120 lbs.

 

Jon boat link

 

 

 

Since I don't have a trailer and really don't have the space to keep one, I need a boat that I can mount on my car roof and store in my garage standing up.

 

So...

 

1. Do I need a boat made out of fibre glass (aluminum too heavy right?) so me and a buddy can mount and dismount the boat from the roof?

2. Can I find something like that used and in working condition for much cheaper than $600?

3. Do you think this boat at Canadian Tire is worth it?

 

 

Thanks.

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A buddy of mine had one of those,it was okay for calm water on small lakes with one person but with 2 up and the motor it was maxed out for capacity and the passenger had to bail all the time if it got a little rough.

 

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I would go with a 12ft alluminum and a 6-9 hp motor.

You can probably get both for around 600 in decent shape if you take your time and look around.

Dont go fiberglass.!!

I did 15 years ago but I regret it because I had to strip the gellcoat and reskin it .. TO mutch work even though the kids use it as thier first fishig boat.

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im working with a company right now that will help you launch that boat without a trailer.

 

send me a pm and I will send you the details. I cant quite go public with it yet that is why we will have to talk via PMs

 

Cheers!

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You know, for the weekend warrior those boats are well made. Not fiberglass, but a tough plastic resin.

I wouldnt want to use it when it gets really cold.May crack.

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That CT boat would be ok on small calm lakes, with a light payload. But in the bigger waters, I would want to go with a deeper haul.

 

You're in a tough spot with the storage / transportation thing.

 

Have you put any though in getting a square back sports pal. It's light, fits on the roof of your car, and you can hang it from the rafters in your garage.

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A squareback canoe or a 12' aluminum boat will go on the roof of your car easily. I've had a 12' boat on top of a Hyundai accent. Just put a couple 2x4's across and strap it down. A 12'er only weighs 130lbs.

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Have you considered a Sportspal canoe with a square or transom back and a 2hp motor on it? They are super light and easy to get into back lakes. If you look around kijiji you may find a good deal.

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Thank you to everyone for this very valuable input. Now I got a lot of thinking and checking around to do now that I see there's so many options.

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It might even depend on how many times you plan to go fishing and where you are going. Is there a rental option? Sometimes it's just better to rent if it's only a couple of times a year.

I agree that 12 footers are okay for light people and smaller bodies of water, but get grown men in one and then some wind and you are asking for a bath.

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I would rather be in a 12foot hard bottom zodiac than a 12 foot alluminum any day of the week. I don't mean a little dinghy type inflatable I mean a real zodiac. They are super solid and easialy transportable in a car.

 

Here are just a few. Try ad look into a RIB.The are great boats.

 

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-boats-watercraft-powerboats-motorboats-10-zodiac-omc-W0QQAdIdZ295227709

 

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-boats-watercraft-other-Dinghy-ZODIAC-W0QQAdIdZ294646062

 

http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-boats-watercraft-seadoos-water-powersports-zodiac-Mark-I-Touring-fold-up-boat-W0QQAdIdZ287587086

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