First boat Auckland

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    Posted: 25 Jan 2023 at 4:56am
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Hi all,
first of all thank you for letting me join this beautiful site, I've learned a lot during those years.
I apologize in advance if this topic it has been repeated many times, but after 5h search I still have a few doubts.

I'm after a small 4.5m boat, safe, dry ride, cruise with a mate for fishing around rangitoto, waiheke? Max 3ppl

Budget around 10k max but better less. I'll be towing it with a 2litre 4wd Suzuki SX4 (yeah I know not ideal but that's what I got).

I was looking for aluminum or plastic (lighter for my car) fyran, ramco 14ft, mac360 but wet ride.. seems a valid option, correct me if I'm wrong.. I'd love the fiberglass sea nymph v146 but is it too heavy for my little car?

What u guys reckon?
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I have had 2 Fyran 440s, and heaps of fun and fishing. They would flt your requirements and you should be able to buy a reasonable one in your $10k budget. 
I looked at one last week for son (on TMe), but it went for $15k. But it had lots of bling - top end of price range.
The hulls are quite light - so check for corrosion or cracks (around where it sits on the rollers). If it all checks out, you will have a decent boat - light to tow and suitable for 3 POB.
Others may also be suitable - but this is what I have experience of.
Had them for maybe 20 yrs.
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sea nymph v14 I would of thought 2l would tow it ok and being 4 wheel drive no issues on ramp
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Unlikely my car has a CVT transmission, plus is petrol, not diesel.. I don't think they are built for towing more than 400kg.
If anybody has this car and has tow a sea nymph or any fiberglass boat pls let me know 😆
How about sea nymph v13? Better than fyran 14ft?
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My first boat was a 4.6m tinny - and I'm still using the same boat 18 years later!

No idea where you live but I live on Auckland North Shore and my boat is quite sufficient for my needs and is ideal for the inner Hauraki Gulf. I am a fair weather boatie and choose my days to go out. I find that bigger boats want to go further out - costs more in petrol and doesn't get anymore fish than I get ......

I tow with a 2WD vehicle (rear wheel drive) and 90% of my launches are off the beach. The boat is light enough to push into the water by hand and I retrieve with a strop - the car doesn't go near the water.

My boat is used just for fishing so family cruising was not a consideration when buying. It's ideal for 2pob and have fished 3pob - but I only use lures so more than 2 people can get in the way. 

When I was looking, I realized the most important component was the motor - you can't push on water and there aren't any tow companies or mechanics on the water. I wouldn't suggest anything less than 40Hp. Other things can be added as you go.

15' tinny's are notoriously tippy so I added a set of Dolphin Aqualisers soon after I got the boat however I've since got used to moving about on the boat and seldom deploy them.

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Thank u bro, yeah I'll be launching mainly in takapuna, narrow neck, or anyway the easiest boat ramp.. not sure which lol. But yeah definitely looking for more information.. I'd love the sea nymph 14.6, maybe il get that.. I wanna make sure not to make any mistakes:)
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Originally posted by verga91 verga91 wrote:

Unlikely my car has a CVT transmission, plus is petrol, not diesel.. I don't think they are built for towing more than 400kg.
If anybody has this car and has tow a sea nymph or any fiberglass boat pls let me know 😆
How about sea nymph v13? Better than fyran 14ft?
Had a v13 great little boats 2 max though,stable but 3?
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I would have thought a small tiller-steer pontoon boat or cat would be just the ticket. Heaps of deck space and super stable. With an inshore boat, you're not going to worry about the ride too much, so it's a good trade-off. 
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But what if my picky gf is hopping in?
Definitely has to be a dry ride 😅
I'm in between 13 or 14ft fiberglass at the end... The v13 sounds attractive but 3-4ppl would be a nightmare.. I'd like to bring friends in and not worrying about it..
Sometimes I wish I would be single ahah
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Originally posted by MB MB wrote:

I would have thought a small tiller-steer pontoon boat or cat would be just the ticket. Heaps of deck space and super stable. With an inshore boat, you're not going to worry about the ride too much, so it's a good trade-off. 

Yeah that would be my thoughts as well. Awesome little fishing rigs and safer and more seaworthy. Less weight to tow as well, definitely easier to launch at north shore beaches like Narrowneck and Castor and you can then avoid Takapuna, also known as divorce ramp.

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