these versatile craft can be used year round, weather protected, and here in the Northeast, are a blast in,on,or above the water. They are also invaluable in Marine rescue, allowing 1st responders to go where ribs cannot. Also, could you guys review boats that us common people could budget for(10-30 grand,trailer included) As an idea, why dont you ask people what range(money) they would like to see featured. Lastly, how can you have an affordable boat without a trailer?---oh yea, I can skim to the water with my hovercraft! No launching nightmares here! Keep up the good work, and if my wife tries to cancel my subscription, I'll use her as an anchor.
I like the idea of covering hovercraft, maybe along with some other forms of super-shallow, all-terrain boats. Airboats and swampboats come to mind. I'll run it up the flagpole at the next story ideas meeting.
As to your request for coverage of boats less the 30K. We must have read your mind! Check out our April issue for a feature detailing just those kinds of boats.
Thanks for reading.
Lastly, how can you have an affordable boat without a trailer?-
Forgot to reply to this one. Hmmm. Well, first off, "affordable"is a relative term. So are the expectations for a boat from different people.
For example, I have a 12-foot skiff I built myself, weighs 80 pounds, and catches a ton of fish. It fits in the bed of my truck and could be easily car-topped.
Other than that, I'd suggest amortizing the cost of a trailer, its annual maintenance and registration costs, annual ramp fees and estimate the gas consumed by towing a boat. Add that up and see how it compares to a slip or mooring in your area. Of course, without a trailer, your "horizon" is more limited. But maybe that's ok for you. Its another one of those "relative" things.
In my area, slip rates are about $90/foot per season at a marina. But you can often find a waterfront homeowners leasing dock space for half that. Of course, at a private residence you wont have a fuel dock, or ice machine, etc, and you will have to be quiet and not just hang out on the boat at the dock. But you can save dollars going that route.
I guess what I'm saying is give a little more info about where and how you boat and maybe I can provide a more specific answer.
hey kevin; thanks for the answer. in regards to trailers, some ads say'no trailer' kind of like selling a car with no wheels. i believe all trailable boats should have/come with a trailer, standard. could you imagine,again, a car with no wheels. stay out on the water, and please pray for a quick spring---current temp here --50 miles north of Beantown---20 with wind chills below zero---im seriously considering giving up my car for a dog sled