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In a previous thread I asked for advice on fishing from shore. Understandably, it was suggested that I get ahold of a boat of some sort to maximize my fishing in the Okanagan.

* Do you have any recommendations for selecting a good fishing boat? I'd like to be able to use it in small lakes (Yellow, Shannon, Tuc-el-Nuit, Vaseux, etc) as well (ideally) as larger lakes like Skaha, Osooyous, Okanagan (perhaps not too far from shore).

* If a lake is restricted to electric motors only, can I bring the boat with a small gas motor and only power it with the trolling motor? Likewise, are you allowed to have a trolling motor on board, as long as you don't use it on a lake like Vaseux?

* What's the minimum length and power you'd recommend for fishing in larger lakes? I hear people are quite wary of approaching larger lakes with a small, underpowered boat. Would a 12' fiberglass boat with a 9HP motor be good enough for Skaha or the Okanagan lake (not venturing too far from the marina)?

Thank you in advance.

Go with a 12 ft aluminum , a 6 to 9 HP outboard motor and a good electric motor as well.

If the lake is electric motors only, the gas motor stays on the beach, if the lake has no motor restrictions, bring both gas and electric motors with ya. Use the electric for trolling. Some lakes have a 10hp max rule so don't buy anything over that, besides, you can always buy a 15 hp carb and nobody will know the difference, har har har !!

I'd say there's more of these kind of set ups around than probably anything else out there, people have been going with this kind of set up as far back as I can remember.

Thanks Bently. Any advantages of aluminum over fiberglass?

A good aluminum boat will take a lot more abuse than a fiberglass boat will, plus the weight of an aluminum is a lot lighter than the fiberglass.

In a blunt sort of way I'll just say this,

"Aluminum gets dints, fiberglass gets holes"

I will add that there's some cheap thin "tinny" aluminum boats out there as well so buy an above average one with thicker gauge aluminum.

Smokercraft, Mirrorcraft, Lund, Princecraft, Duraboat

These are just some of the better makes.

But on the Okanagan or Skaha Lakes a 12ft may not be suitable. The weather can change quite quickly so if you do use a 12ft be aware of the weather.

I use an older 18ft and got caught in 30k winds on Okanagan, it felt like I could have been swallowed up in the waves, hate to think what a smaller boat would have felt like. The weather changed in 10 minutes from calm to storm.

14 ft aluminums are a bit more sea worthy than 12 ft .
you do need a trailor, but with the better 12 ft bently mentioned, they are better with a trailor anyway as they get a bit heavy. i have an old lighter 12 ft. it is ok on small, quiet lakes but as bently said, the heavier better built ones are better. but if you can find a good 14 ft. it would be better suited to the bigger lakes. but of course you still have to watch real close for storms. as mt jeff said, they come up quickly, especially in the hot weather.

Get a 12-14ft aluminum deep-V with high sides so it will sit high in the water. Then a bit of waves wont hurt ya! Also i prefer older aluminum boats than the new cheap and thin ones. The older boats were made to last. I have a 1964 18ft aluminum, and a 1989 17 ft aluminum, and they are just outstanding boats.

Thanks for the invaluable advice so far.

Wouldn't a V-hull aluminum boat be very "tipsy"? I understand that it's design will help cut through waves, should the sky get rough. However, when you are fishing in a spot (as opposed to trolling), wouldn't standing on it make you feel like you are going to fall sideways?

Would a so called "jon boat", with its super flat bottom, work at all?
Fish'n BC

Jon boats are generaly wider and more stable than V hull boats, but they don't handle the chop as well so are better suited to smaller lakes or mirror water conditions on larger lakes.
In either case, look for a wide beam for more stability.

I have a 12 ft Princecraft Ungava model, I feel quite confident out on Adams lake when the waves come up although I will say I tend to stay near shore, More as a just in case thing. I have a 9.9 two stroke. I went with a two stroke for weight reasons as a 4 stroke is heavier. When we went down the channel in Penticton I mounted the engine even though it said no props or motors. You cannot get in trouble till the prop is in the water. I did not want the engine laying in the boat as we planned on going down the channel then to the campground. In lakes where it says no gas or electric, what's the harm in having it mounted, Problem is, When the police see it they assume at some point you'll use it. Same could be said for a guy walking down the road with a gun, Expect them to take you down so to say.

Euroangler, Check out the ''I have a 13' Boston whaler for sale .... '' thread above this

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