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River vs salt
Posted by Paul H on Mar 29 2006
Unfortunately what makes a boat good for shallow rivers isn't the same thing that makes it good or even recomended at all in salt water.

I would personally be uncomfortable taking a jon boat out in the salt water.  You don't have the freeboard nor high bow to keep the water out in a chop, the nearly straight up sides can hook in waves coming from the side, and the times you could safely take on out would be very limited, and while conditions might be safe going back, it doesn't take much afternoon breeze to make the return trip hazardous.

Looks like you need two boats ;)  The question is do you get the 20' skiff with 50 horse prop unit o/b first for trips with the wife, or the jon boat with future plans for the skiff.

The other option for the same price is a used jon boat, and used skiff or zodiac.  Nows the time to start looking for used boats.  I'd venture to say you could find a pretty nice used zodiac for around $5k, and same deel for a jon boat.

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