by Aaron Carter - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Although I purchased this 14’ "beauty" for $275 during the early summer, now is actually the best time to score a boat for a song. Most recreational boaters and fisherman have called it quits for the year and, quite often, want to get rid of their boat rather than store it. When contemplating a purchase, inquire if it was previously registered and titled. Pre-1972 boats won’t have a hull identification number (HIN). Depending on how it was used (i.e. with or without a motor), it might not be registered, either. Some, and especially those inherited from a deceased family member, etc., might not be registered, either. Not having these items isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but it certainly adds additional paperwork and hassle; you’ll have the seller complete several documents detailing its use and origins, as well as submit photos of the boat from all sides. Law enforcement can come to confirm what’s showing in the images, as well as contact the seller directly about the transaction. Each state differs, so investigate your state’s requirements before making the purchase, and only purchase from reputable persons.
The size and configuration (flat bottom, semi-V hull, etc.) depends on the water that you’ll be hunting. Err on the side of caution and select a slightly larger boat than you think you’ll need. It’ll save headaches later.
If you’re viewing this waterfowl boat-build photo gallery, then a) you’re contemplating a new craft for next season, or, more likely, b) you’re scrambling to find one for the current season. Fortunately, a functional, floating blind/boat can be created with minimal expense and time. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.
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