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Old 05-16-2018, 01:03 PM
waterbug waterbug is offline
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Outboard or Inboard for Salt Water fishing boat?

Question for you Coastal boaters....

I am in the process of moving to the Boston area. Winthrop to be exact. For those of you that boat and fish coastal waters, what do you prefer and why?

I am in the market for a 25' or larger Walk Around Cuddy or Flybridge, or something along those lines. I am completely open to any and all advice.... I grew up on Lake Superior so big water boating is not new to me. The salt water thing is.

Thanks for your input...
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:20 PM
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Don't do salt, but having both inboard and outboard. Outboard much easier to flush with fresh water.
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:25 PM
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Agreed with Roadster. Outboard all the way for a fishing boat. Especially in salt.
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Old 05-16-2018, 03:03 PM
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If it is closed cooled either one works great. At that point it is more about steering and leveling the boat.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:39 PM
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Either will be fine. Outboards are more and more popular these days. But there are a ton of inboards, lots with 2 engines that are amazing fishing boats. A friend had a Carolina Classic with twin inboard cummins for a long time. Inboard fishing boats are not like inboard ski boats when it comes to salt environment. But if you go with an inboard diesel, I'd make sure you know enough about the motors. This same friend had some problems with the Caterpillar diesels in his previous inboard. (I don't remember the exact issues)
Prior boats - (3) X14's, (3) Prostars, and a Tristar.
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