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Halibut Boats

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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