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No do it all boats
Posted by Paul H on Feb 15 2006
We've covered this topic several times in the past, and it just works out that there are no do it all boats for the Kenai and the salt.  If you want a boat for the kenai, it'll be the smallest/lightest boat with the flattest bottom you can get by with due to the 35 horse restriction.  

When it comes to salt water, you want a bigger boat, at least a semi v to keep you from being beat to death in chop, and more hp.

The minimum I'd be comfortable in taking out in the salt is a 20' with 50 horse, and that's still pretty limited.  You could set up such a rig with a de-tuned 50 for the kenai and take the restrictor off for the salt.

You can get by with a little boat if conditions are perfect, but they seldom are and change quickly.  If your boat is too small, you'll either never take it out in the salt because conditions don't allow, which is a bummer, or worse yet you'll get frustrated and take it out in conditions that you shouldn't be out in.  If you live right on the water and have the option of going out any decent evening, you could live with the limitations, if you're driving several hours for the trip, you'll more likely fall into the second category.

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