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  Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-25-13 5:46 PM (EST)
 

I'm drawn to your focus on bays, lakes, etc. While you acknowledge that it's a slow boat, that equates (somewhat) to inefficient for getting from A to B. In other words, it's a lot of work to move any distance without the aid of current. Slow is also a liability if you have to dash for cover from a storm, inattentive powerboater, etc. In general, longer boats are more efficient and faster than shorter ones.

This issue is exacerbated when you load camping gear, assuming you can fit it through the hatches and below deck. It appears that much of the cargo would be carried in the well, which would affect the trim (weight distribution fore-aft).

Just an opinion but I think you'd be much happier spending the same dollars on a used boat of 14' or greater.

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