Halibut boats should be able to handle
big, rough water. When shopping for a halibut boat consider looking
for a boat with ample power, and a secondary engine, just in case
your main engine goes out on you while fishing offshore. I like the
Yamaha four stroke 8 hp & 9.9 high thrust kicker motors. Both offer
ample power for most trailerable boats as well as having a charging
system that will keep your batteries fully charged.
If you plan on anchoring
much, you should also look at boats with ample anchor pulpits and room to deal
with the anchor pulling system. I prefer aluminum halibut boats over fiberglass
because of the abuse they will take.
The best size of halibut boat, in my opinion, is
something in the range of 22 to 28-feet with at least an 8-foot beam. This gives
you enough room to fish as well as providing a safe, steady platform to traverse
to and from the halibut fishing grounds.
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