One of my regular winter customers was wondering what a boat costs. Not a big boat, just a boat to fish say the bridge, bay and Hawk Channel and the Reef on really good days. You can pay just about anything you like for a boat. For example this butt ugly POS will cost about $1500 to buy and about $4000 to fit up with most of that cost being a used or rebuild outboard.
I happen to know the guy that owns this POS boat and after explaining to him why is was a POS, I mentioned how it could become a not quite a POS boat that could be used for bridge and back country charters. By losing the walk through windshield, adding a small center console and adding steps so it easy to mount the casting deck, this old POS that only drafts 14" with the motor properly trimmed out could make a tolerable bay boat. It is too heavy for serious flats fishing, but can provide a reasonable facsimile of "serious" flats fishing without a ridiculously expensive rebuild.
The trick though is the motor. It would be a sin to put a $10,000 motor on what is actually a $500 hull. Since I have owned quite a few Johnson 90 to 140 H.P. V4s and can just rebuild one over night, losing the collectors item Mercury inline 4 Cylinder 115 H.P. in favor of a motor that tends to disintegrate less often, the Johnson V4, I/we could survive a motor meltdown without going postal.
The trailer, also a POS, appears to be salvageable which could allow some more picturesque back country safaris out of the Old Wooden Bridge Fish Camp for example, saving a ton of fuel bucks.
As the title says, this is just thinking out loud, but it could fill a niche that is currently open in Marathon. What do y'all think?
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