I own a 16 ft. Lowes Big Jon. It is now 2 years old and has
provided me with more enjoyment than any boat I,ve ever owned.
I've fished in this boat several miles off Floridas' Gulf Coast,
the inside waters of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the
inlets of Chincoteague, Va., and have crossed the Chesapeake Bay
too many times to count. It is not a six foot seas boat,
although because of it's higher than normal bow, I've been caught
in rough seas a few times, and have had little problems getting
home. I've added a bimini top and carpeted plywood floor. It
has an open walk through design and is very nice for fishing.
The boat is rated up to a 30 h.p. I have a Evinrude 15 on mine,
but this isn't quite enough for 2 men, coolers, and equipment. I
am going to upgrade to a 25 this year. The pros are wide beam,
nice raised casting platform up front with storage under, nice
wide rear seat, and very economical to operate. The only con I
can think of is ther is no rear well to collect any water for a
bilge pump. This company makes larger boats with the same
configuration, up to 19 ft. I believe. You should check this
-I have a fully top on my 16 foot starcraft which attaches to the walk thru
windshield and has seethru side curtains. I run a 12/24 volt trolling
motor and have no problem with wind. If it's that windy that 41 pounds of
thrust won't hold the boat I either fish areas where the wind is reduced
or I troll or drift quartering my casts into the wind.
-I see you put a bimini top on a 6' alum boat. I have a Bass Tracker 16
that is about 74 in wide. How does your boat handle with the top. Does
the wind whip it around. In Colorado we have a LOT of wind.
-I have had both a 16' "motor boat" and a 16' alum boat....two
different things entirely. The m.b. you could use for skiing and
would easily hold a bimini top. The aluminum is your basic alum flats
type boat and theres no way I could put a top on it.