View Full Version : Possible new bay boat?

04-27-2006, 07:01 PM
Hello all have sold my current bay fishing boat 26' cabin cruiser to find a smaller trailerable boat for the bay and deltas.

I have found one so far, it is a 1987 Bayliner capri open bow with a 125hp force outboard.

Now I would like to be able to go fishing in the san pablo bay and near angel island but also up in the deltas and lakes.

Would this boat be big enough?
thanks, will

04-27-2006, 07:39 PM
willy, I would keep looking,if I were you. Those Force motors were terrable motors. The capri would be fine until the wind started to blow. My bayliner came with a 125 force,I needed to get towed in 3 times.Repowered in 87 I've been running a Merk 175 ever since.

04-27-2006, 07:56 PM
I agree. Why spend money on something thats guaranteed to fail. A force would be more of a pain than its worth.

04-27-2006, 10:12 PM
I was lucky enough to work at a boat shop for a few years and learned what to buy and what to stay away from. *Force motors according to the mechanics are something you want to stay away from.. *There are plenty of boats out there that would be suitable for your needs. *Maybe post your price range and I bet the guys on the boards will find you plenty of good leads. *Good Luck.

04-28-2006, 07:38 AM
How big is it? :-?

04-28-2006, 08:59 AM
Without further bashing the engine, which it deserves, I would also add that the capri may not be the best bay boat. It'd be fine on the delta and calm bay days but wind chop on the bay can get real ugly and uncomfortable. During the spring and summer winds will funnel through that area viciously in the afternoon.

04-28-2006, 12:04 PM
the open bow adds extra seating/fishing room
but one wave over the front and you have a boat full of water
(unless you have a wet deck)

you need to figure out if you are ever going to the bay or the ocean

you could be like us
1) 14'gregor with 15 hp johnson
2) 16 foot open bow sea swirl with omc 4cyl
3)21' lawman jet boat chevy 350
4)25'bayliner cabin cruiser chevy 350 / 280 volvo


04-28-2006, 03:02 PM
Look at an Arima I have one and can say it's bullet proof for the bay and the ocean I hAVE A 19 SEA RANGER > Made for fishing and easy to trailer.

04-28-2006, 03:11 PM
Those arimas are sweet. I had an aluminum boat, 16' Klamath but have upgraded to a 17' whaler and it is a sweet ride. I never new that a fiberglass boat was so much more comfortable. I do miss being able to beach the boat without worryong though. I would opt against the Capri and look for someting a lot more fishable. If you can afford it, try and get a 4stroke engine. Fishfearme is right on the money about the funnel affect. It gets bad out there when that fog is pouring in. Try and get something that will allow you to trim your bow up as well. It will help to keep you dry.

04-28-2006, 09:41 PM
Arima's are nice but for the price difference between a used 19 SR (if you can find one) is usually about the price of a half dozen used capri's.

Keep a close eye on craigslist, you'll find what your looking for.

04-29-2006, 04:44 PM
Well thanks for the replies, thats why I asked you first!! I am looking mainly for something in the 18-23' range outboard or I/O. a cuddy cabin is fine. I dont want to mess with OMC.
and it has to be trailerable with my 1996 dodge ram 1500
thanks, will

04-29-2006, 04:58 PM
I just found this one on craigslist but its a little out of my price range.


cool looking though

thanks, will

04-29-2006, 06:12 PM
this one is a deal if your creative.....
you didn't list how much your willing to spend.....
you could get an out board for like 400.00
and do the work to it.....


04-29-2006, 10:13 PM
My price range is about $3,000 I am looking for something mechnically sound and is ready to be taken out. cosmetic and interior blemishes are fine as long as it is all useable. I think I may go look at the one I found on craigslist tommorow.

thanks, will

04-30-2006, 07:14 PM
What do you think about this one, I really like it I will try to look at it tommorow or tuesday, What would be a good price to pay for this boat?


thanks, will

04-30-2006, 08:16 PM
Assuming its structurally sound it looks like it fits the bill.