run a g3 1756cc w a 70 4 stroke yamaha. tow w a 6 cylinder truck.boat sips gas. put a bimini on. great for fishing 2 or 3 guys. not something family friendly. can tow a tube w little ones. i prefer solitude away from family.thought long and hard on a small fishing pontoon. fair waether fishing only.kids and family tire very quickly of all the work involved w taking a boat out, especially on weekends. thats why u c so many yard queens. boats have to b kept up.$$$. even if u diy.
Saga ended for now. Stopped by to see my 87 year old Godfather today and told him that I was about to buy a new boat- He cursed me like a sailor and said 'there are two bass boats, right there, either one is yours on any day you and P44Jr wish,.... buy a crappie boat and I will thump you in the head, don't be stupid, son'! Aight!
Told me to go purchase a 'big Gulf rig so he can go south and to leave this crappie/panfish/bass stuff to him'
The 60 horse I have is adequate, but I am wanting to upgrade to a 90 horse. I met a older fella at Eufaula last year with a PT 175 similar to mine with a 115 horse...and to quote him..."I like to be able to get out of trouble as fast as I got into it". I agreed wholeheartedly with him.
You mentioned the DLV Skiff earlier. If you under powered a skiff you would not be happy. I assure you. Skiff's are heavy and if any boat needs extra get up and go it's a Carolina Skiff. I owned one (for 18 years) right up until I bought the G3. A real good buddy on this forum has the same boat you mentioned with a Suzuki 90. I've fished out of the boat so many times I couldn't count. If you were in the Flats with that boat and a 60, you would lose valuable fishing time. I can run 10 miles before I hit my 1st fishing spot. I've ran from storms, went around storms and got stuck in them. I prefer to motor out and away from them now and continue to fish instead of going back in.
An undersized motor will get you in trouble more than it will get you out of trouble if you fish hard like I do.
Not sure if it’s been said as I only read the first page but I’d go with a bay boat with an aluminum trailer. I’ve owned bass boats but a bay boat can do about the same plus pull skiers with plenty of room. Add the option of putting it in saltwater and it’s a no brainer.My family and I have had a ball taking it to the gulf as well.