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    Re: Raider Boat advice

    Sounds like a great deal. I would for sure go and take a closer look at it. I think Raider is one of the best boats on the market. The best thing about them is the floatation that they use. Most boats have spray in foam for floatation that over time traps water, absorbs water, and adds extra weight and can cause corrosion. Raider uses block foam which never breaks down and absorbs water. They also use a cool hull super structure that allows any water that does enter the hull to drain straight to the drain plug and bilge pump. I think Raider goes through extra steps on there builds that'll give you a better built boat that will last forever. If you go look at this boat I think you'll be glad you did.
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    It's probably 172 Pro Sport, good bow entry deadrise, then 10 degree at the transom. I think the inside freeboard is only 25 inches, 66 inch bottom width. Nice boat for lakes and lower river. If the Honda is electric start and power trim that is a good deal....... They are good boats,,,,, i have looked closely at them.

    They stopped making the 17 ft a couple years ago.

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    I have a Kingfisher which is similar but don't know Raider specifically. You will love the ease and functionality of this size and type of sled! Easy to launch and retrieve single handed, frugal on fuel. Very tough construction. They are a compromise for bass fishing because the front porch is so short. Bays, lakes, rivers, delta. Very flexible platform.

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    They look like great boats. 150 hours on the engine is really low. Got an idea this one won’t be on the market long. Get some pics and more info. And make em an offer.
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    Met the guy that owns the company at the Sportsman Show this year. Comparable to a Hewescraft in form and function but for less money. Both the HC and the Raider are built in Coleville WA and if I am not mistaken the factories are about a mile apart.

    I have been dreaming of the day I can afford a Raider with a hardtop. Personally, if you are in the market to buy, you can't go wrong with the hull. The main engine I know nothing about as I have Honda's.

    Not a bass boat ("no casting deck") but makes a great river sled as well as a trolling machine.

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    Re: Raider Boat advice

    I have a friend who has a 19' Raider and agree with Seon "the craftsmanship is very good".

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    Re: Raider Boat advice

    Quote Originally Posted by RideNfish View Post
    I have an opportunity to buy a Raider 17' boat. I don't know much about the brand and wanted to know if anyone else does. Walk through windshield (North River, Alumaweld style), small bow space and no rear casting deck as far as I know. I will see more pics soon. Has a 90 hp Suzuki and a Honda kicker. Original owner, always garaged 10 year old boat with it appears to be 150 hours on the main. Looks super clean like new. Said something about a zolatone clear and sharkhide coating. All these style and age of boats seem to be low $20 or mid $20k and this is 17.

    Any help appreciated.

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    Re: Raider Boat advice

    My friend that I crab and fish with regularly has a 24' Raider Pilothouse that's solid. I know it's a different model but the craftsmanship is very good.

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    Re: Raider Boat advice

    Sorry don't know much about them either. Good luck.
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