Now the problem, cost! By the time you put a big motor, electronics, an anchoring system, hot foot, blinker trim, and all the things guys are getting in the glass boats, the price isn't but a 2-4 K cheaper. So the "stater boat" is long gone, unless the buyer settles for "starter equipment".
for me this is always a FUN conversation. first I start out as a purely recreational angler looking for the best value proposition, then I let my inner geek out to sway me to places I don't REALLY have to go!
that's the fun in all this.
Just recently I've been working through the process, thought of maybe, perhaps, possibly (waffling a bit?
) upgrading my RT 178.
Not a lot of 'bang' for the buck to just go to a 188 with the 115hp, so I was pricing out the 198P. Clear price gap. Basic boat stickered at $30K with a 150 Merc 4-stroke. Could get last years model for $1,500 less, but would have to live with a RED (FREAKIN' RED!) boat with a 150 merc 4-stroke.
Price was okay. about 4-6 thousand less than the z-118 glass boat.
here's where it gets pricey, and is all based on what I want:
1. upgrade electronics to HB Solix (touch) 10's or 12's: two units in the $5000 total
2. upgrade TM to Ultrex 112: $2300
3. upgrade onboard charger to a 4x15 unit: $500+
4. additional battery for the 36 volt system.
pretty soon a guy takes his purchase price up significantly. then there's property tax with the govt.
ultimately, the decision came down not to dollars, but what would FIT in my garage. The 150 won't fit.
Not until I remodel my garage for the extra space, clearance.
then I still have to work with how the trailer gets up a very steep, short driveway without scraping.
they're easier to pull, quicker to put away. stable, durable, wood-free fishing platforms that over time present additional value, advantages from glass.
Now, IF I needed a 250 hp outboard, what I might decide I NEEDED would be different.
channeling my inner analfisherman, it's a FUN process! One we all have to figure out for ourselves as to what is 'best' and what 'best' means for each of us.