I hope to be in the market for a "bigger" boat some time in the near (12 months) future. As I watch craigslist/etc. for my "dreamboat", I see a number of "bassboats" and pure fishing boats for sale.
For about the same price (range), I can get considerably newer "runabout", "fish-n-ski" model boats!
If I did get a "bassboat", I like the dual-console type... with the pads in front of the console, so that if I wanted to, I could also use the boat for dual-purposes (general boating, tubing, and maybe even skiing).
Since I ALWAYS practice catch-n-release, I don't need a livewell... and I could find a place to put the rods... all I'd really need in a FnS type boat (a boat like this: 1988 Ski-Deck open bow boat 18') is a bow-mount trolling motor and the ability to mount a pedestal seat to the floor (front and back). I realize that the "seat" type would be too low to fish over the sides, so would use a "pro-pole" type so that I could stand and "lean".
My question is, do YOU have a boat like that, or have you fished out of a "converted" boat like that? (I'm assuming it's possible...???) If so, how did/does it work?
Obviously I will continue to look for/at bassboat/fishing boats, but if it's practical to "covert" a fish-n-ski model by adding a bow-mount trolling motor and seats, it would dramatically increase the number of potential boats!!