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Looking for a product reveiw here. Does anyone have either one of these boats and if so, I've got a few questions.

First, I'm working on getting rid of my Champion Walleye Boat (Champ 194 Fishunter with 225 Opticrap, er Optimax). The boat is great, but the motor has been one big POS since I got it. If I had the money, I'd sue Mercury for even putting this junk on the market.

Anyway, with the price of gas being what it is and what it will probably forever be, I'm looking to downsize the package weight and motor. I'm also looking to go from glass to aluminum because I do use my boats (some bass boat guys say I abuse my boats ;) ) and the glass boats are just too "fragile" in terms of scratching them up.

My problem is I like to fish walleye on the Great Lakes such as Saginaw Bay, Lake Erie in the spring, Bay De Noc, etc...

I'm looking at a Lund Alaskan 2000 or the new Triton Frontier 21 with either a Honda or Yammaha 4-stroke 90, I'm leaning towards a tiller configuration for cost, weight, and room, but may go with a DC walkthrough.

I also want to be able to Duck Hunt from my new boat, thus the Alaskan or Frontier package versus a tricked out Tyee or Pro-V. I'm getting back to the basics here.

Would either of these boats be able to safely handle fishing in a 3-5 foot Erie Chop in the spring on the reefs? I realize they are a bit longer than my Champ, but they are narrower and have have a shorter transom, so that is where my concern comes from.

Thanks for the input, please feel free to email me if you want, also.

If anyone has one of these rigs (or the 18 foot version) within an hour or so of Lansing and wouldn't mind showing it off, I'd be more than grateful!!!!

Thanks again.
 

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I have the 20' Alaskan with the dual console and love it. Definitely the best all around great lakes boat. Great for both fishing and hunting out of. If you want to take a ride to the Cleveland area you can check mine out and we can go out on the lake to let you see how it handles.
 

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I personally have a Lund 1890 Pro-v Gary Roach edition. I love the boat for all the room it has and it is pertty stable in rough weather. I have a 90hp Yamaha which is a great motor. The only thing you are going to have to realize when fishing rough water with a tiller is:
1. Your going to get wet, so have good rain gear.
2. Your going to have a sore arm when fighting the waves with a tiller.
I don't know a lot about the Alaskan, but I think it is a lot lighter boat so you are going to get bounced around a little more then with a heavier boat.

Tim
 

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Tim

Thanks for the reply. Originally, I was looking at the 1800 Pro-V, 18 Pro Angler, or the 18 Explorer all in Tiller Models. I still may go that way, if I don't go with the more utility boat (e.g. Alaskan). I like the idea of being able to Duck Hunt out of the boat, BUT the boat has to be able to handle my fishing needs first and foremost.

The Gary Roach is a tiller, right? You mention the fatigue with handling a tiller, how bad does that get? Is there a lot of torque on the 90HP tiller? How does it troll? I'd like to avoid a kicker, can a 90 HP 4strk idle down low enough for effective trolling? Do you have any problems with rough water running your boat. What I mean, is with the tiller, you sit so far back in the boat, in rough water does the bow obstruct your vision (where its too rough to plane out?)

Thanks for the feedback!!!
 

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The only time I have problem with fatigue is in extremely rough water. I like to fish walleye and I fish Saginaw bay and lake erie, so I spend a lot of time in rough water. A far as being able to see, I have no trouble at all. When it comes to fishing inland lakes and rivers this style of boat is awesome because of all the space with out consoles.
I have a 90hp 2 stroke so I couldn't answer the trolling question for you. I have a 4 stroke 6hp that I use for trolling.
A far as running in rough water you aren't going to get any better ride then in a tiller style boat. You sit so far back in the boat so you don't get the beating. Just remember if you have passengers along the ride is probaly not quite so good for them.:lol: And always no matter what anybody says plan on having a good set of Gortex.

Tim
 

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I have the 18 ft Alaskan SC, in camo with a 50 hp 4-stroke "Evin-nuki", and love it!
I live up here on Skegemog, and this lake gets nasty, quick.
I have put this thing straight into three to four foot swells in the fall, and taken waves over the bow, and in the face.
I even used it to haul a "CO" out to rescue an idiot that got swamped in a canoe only days after ice out.
I recommend a side console for rough water use because of the balance and control. The only thing I could do better is to maybe get the 20 footer.
...And, I may.
 
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