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    Does size really matter with a boat?

    Is there really a difference from a 18ft boat to a 21ft boat for fishing. I know for rough water bigger is better.

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    I just traded in my 18' Nitro for the 21' Z21. I know I'm going to miss the smaller boat for smaller bodies of water and shallows.
    I've been in a 21' and when it comes to fishing a couple anglers up front a 21' is AWESOME! and like you mentioned, rough, bigger bodies of water they're a plus!
    Another thing to keep in mind is the cost difference. I told my wife this boat would probably be my last. LOL

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    Yes....definite difference in handling and "fish ability". Most will tell you to get with friends and fish from their boats and see what you like best at your budget.

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    Storage is also a huge difference. I have a 22ft rig and I can put twice the gear I could carry in my 18ft rig. Also it is much more weight distribution friendly, I don't move anything around when running solo or double which I had to in my 18.

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    #5
    Thanks for the input guys. How about difference from a 20 to 21 footer?

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    #6
    20-21 isn't as noticeable. The 18.5-20 is a big leap though. I went from a 18'2" to a 19'8" and it was night and day with how they handle and the speed differences in those boats.

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    #7
    My 20' boat will go as skinny if not skinnier than the same company's 18.5'. It's heavier but has more displacement given its length. A bigger boat costs more to tow, more in batteries and maybe more for a bigger trolling motor and fuel. I agree 18.5-20 huge jump. 20-21 not so much.

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    Having a larger boat comes with tradeoffs. I think the 19 foot boats are the perfect balance but that's just me.

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    All my fishing buddies pushed me to get a 19 foot boat instead of a 18 footer and I'm glad I did. More power and lots better in rough water.

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    I'm in a 17 foot tin boat and while I love it, storage is trash.
    "Early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell and make up lies!"

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    I went from an 18'2" boat to a 20'9" boat and noticed a significant difference. Better rough water ride, better storage, deck space, and the boat sits flatter and draws less water. Also, for some reason I'm better at maneuvering a double axle trailer than the single axle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcl20x3 View Post
    I went from an 18'2" boat to a 20'9" boat and noticed a significant difference. Better rough water ride, better storage, deck space, and the boat sits flatter and draws less water. Also, for some reason I'm better at maneuvering a double axle trailer than the single axle.
    Double axles don't respond as fast and just easier to back. Going from my tandem boat trailer to the short utility trailer for the atv makes me look like a dumby the first couple trips out.