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Opinion : Open bow 14 ft or 12 ft

Post By: bhooker      Posted: 2/23/2024 4:59:51 PM     Points: 36    
In the market for a open bow tiller 14 or 12 ft aluminum boat. Have had 14 deep V's that did well in rough water but didn't know if there was much difference in the 12 ft boats. I was holding out for a 14 but didn't know if the 12 would make big problem in windy or bad weather. will be focusing on Aurora Res. most of the time and see a lot of 12 footers out there.. Also see a lot of trailers without titles. How can you put a trailer on the road without a license plate ?
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Feb. 23, 6:07:15 PM     Points: 216
Get the biggest one you can afford. The 12 may work but they are pretty small for moving around in, netting, anchoring and getting n and out of.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Feb. 24, 8:00:28 AM     Points: 9978

good luck in your search, but please keep quiet on untitled trailers. It has no bearing on what you do. Some folks may "accidentally" not put plates on their trailers, and it will not affect you in any way.
 Reply by: bhooker      Posted: Feb. 24, 11:40:37 AM     Points: 36
My thought is that if I buy a trailer without a title I don't know who owns it or even if it was stolen. As far as plates you can either drive legal or not.
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: Feb. 24, 12:21:42 PM     Points: 65
I never noticed that, but I guess I'm just not looking. Good observation.
You see a lot of cars with expired temp stickers too. P's me Off, that it's just not enforced. If they started making folks pay the back fees when they're ticketed, maybe they'd be a little more law-abiding. Funny they can read your plate on the toll roads at 70 mhp, find your address and sate sometimes, and send you a bill, yet they can't read expired or missing plates.
As to trailers, it may be that some put the license plate on the boat, just to keep it from disappearing in the ramp PL. The circle of life.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: Feb. 24, 4:19:40 PM     Points: 2759
14' minimum and even that will suck in the wind. Get off asap at first sign of any weather change. Treat it like a canoe.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 24, 6:59:04 PM     Points: 11476
Aurora is a wind tunnel all to it's own.If there is wind early in the morning . .chances are it will only get stronger . . .if there's no wind early in the morning,keep an eye on it to start anytime after 11ish . . .BE READY TO PACK UP AND RUN FOR IT. There is no shame in running to the closes shore and wait it out.If the wind does not die down,the rangers will come find you with their gas motor boat and haul you back to the boat ramp.It don't hurt to have the rangers phone number in your phone at Aurora.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Feb. 24, 7:52:50 PM     Points: 38011
Titling and registering a trailer that has no title is a pain in the asÖ.

Everyone can take their own risk, but Iíve been told by a Boyd ranger that we will not be let back into the park when my plate was 2 months expired.. Iím sure plenty slip through.. but, itís a risk you are taking.

I donít get how itís so hard to keep track of a vehicle or trailer title.

Talking about it on here isnít going to blow up anyoneís self accepted risks.
 Reply by: bhooker      Posted: Feb. 25, 9:14:34 AM     Points: 36
Hi Punch, you and I have talked about this last summer. Hope your back on you feet and ready for open water. I had a 14 on Aurora for more than 10 years and the best advise I think is to don't go out with only one battery. If one goes dead stay close to shore so you don't have to call Terry with the tow rope of shame. Hopefully by the end of the day I'll have a 14 in my dive way. And as far as a title for the trailer goes i've past up many so called good deals with no title. Just can't put myself in that situation.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 25, 4:39:23 PM     Points: 11476
I have done trailers with no title via the high way patrol and had mixed results . . ,if you try for a builders title there's a 50/50 chance it can go good or be ready to go home with out the trailer. out of state trailers are a toss up,but lots of states don't require a trailer plate and MSOs get lost ect,ect . .if you want to learn how to title a trailer via a builders title . . .I will give you all the help I can,but no promise's made . . .
 Reply by: bhooker      Posted: Feb. 25, 4:46:17 PM     Points: 36
Well I just picked up my 14. Boat and trailer for $250. Trailer has title and i'm ready to put it on Aurora. See ya there Punch.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Feb. 25, 11:39:55 PM     Points: 11476
And a title? EXTRA WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now go buy a trailer full of deep cycle battery's . . .
you know you will be able to fish the creek from that too . . .we have some crazy days when the water turns 58 degrees.
Do yourself a favor and do a trailer axle berring service right now so your starting the season on a good foot. Need help? . .I'll show you how.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Mar. 2, 9:49:56 PM     Points: 11476
Lets see your new boat . . .

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