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Micro plus fishing boat

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:48 am
by castman
Morning lads, I am thinking of buying a 16ft Micro Plus fishing boat. Can anyone tell me please would this boat be ok ? I live in Gosport and so would be using it in the Solent. I would put a 50 size outboard on the back. any info would be great. Thank you :)

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:58 am
by tomcat
A friend of mine had a Microplus Explorer boat many years ago. I remember it being a stable boat with reasonable ride quality. It felt safe and secure on the Irish sea. Just check for structural integrity as these boats will be well in excess of 20 years old now.

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:36 am
by castman
Thank you i will. How many adults will it take ? :)

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:31 pm
by tomcat
My response to this question is the same every time. There isn't a sub 17' boat that doesn't fish better with two on board. Each has is own side to work from and the vessel remains balanced. Introduce another and the balance is lost. The rear cockpit space is a bit limited on the microplus because it's essentialy a small cruising vessel being used for angling, rather than a purpose made angling boat.

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:52 am
by jacko69
I had a microplus 501 explorer a few years ago and i found it was a bit limited on rear deck space but having said that we did fish 4 adults on it quite a few time but better on my own for peice and quiet lol i had a 60hp evinrude on the back with a 6hp evinrude aux

Dave :D

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:58 pm
by PuddleSplasher
As was explained... 2 adults and the boat fishes well. 3 adults and providing I am cooking then 3 is ok.

But 4 of us fishing is a No-No!!!!

It still needs a 4th in the cabin to provide tea and rolls/bacaon/egg etc...

IMHO DO NOT get a Microplus for fishing but please settle for an open cabin such as Predator, Warrior, Orkney.......

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:41 am
by eccles
I don't know why folks want a cabin/cuddy at all. I mean most of us use small boats for a bit of fun in coastal areas rather than mid-channel and preferably in reasonable weather so a cuddy is just a waste of space. I would go for an open orkney type around 16 ft every time - plenty of room for two or even three and rides well. If you are wearing the right gear, the odd shower is not going to matter anyway.

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:54 am
by rabbi2

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:51 am
by eccles
Looks a good decision to me Keith except I would go for something a bit bigger. We have a 14ft job driven by a 6 horse 4 stroke. Dead quiet, does 12 knots and goes for ever on 4 or 5 litres of leadfree. Mind you, mucking about in the Solent is good because it's a sheltered patch of water unless you go south of the IOW

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:41 pm
by PuddleSplasher
Have you tried fishing from that boat in a force 5> ? Blowing onto the shore that you launched?

Keith, on this occasion you have alarmed me.

Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:54 pm
by rabbi2
I only use the boat in estuaries and in calm conditions. I have a great respect for the sea and am not completely fool hardy enough to risk my life or that of others. The sea is a great playground but it is also a very dangerous one. I carry a handheld radio, lifejackets for all on board and flares and am always in inshore waters. I also have a fishfinder/depth sounder and have a 5hp engine and oars. the boat is also double skined and foam filled.
keith :D :D

Ps.I hope the 14ft job aint a dejon as they have a great reputation for capsizing.

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:54 pm
by bodly