I'm thinking for the future, like next year?
Wondering about tin (aluminum) vs. Glass.
On one hand tin will be economical requireing less HP (with speed prop) to push.
On the other hand, in some seas it can be a basterd to be comfortable in on a run.
I'm thinking 17-20 ft. (leaning towards 19), mostly to the Block Island rip. Being a "fair weather" fisherman, anything out there in 20/25 knot breezes wouldn't be comfortable fishing to begin with, is the weight of glass enough to warrent the fuel as compared to tin?
What say ye? Glass or tin? (given the same HP)
Definately trailered (no moring), mostly alone w/ dog, and yes,,, i can get stupid at times.
I'll be wanting to flounder, striper, blackfish, weakfish, fluke, scup, etc. and maybe some recreational lobstering (12 pot limit). The tin would have to be welded, not riveted.
Most runs couldbe out of Point Judith area, and destined for far side of the "Bay" to the Thames River and beyond (thus the concern for fuel vs. comfort). Kind of a "camper" (weekend trippin) boat.