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1552 or 1648?

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  1. bigoaklog

    bigoaklog New Member

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    I'm working within a budget here, and a 1552 and 1648 fit squarely within my threshold. I plan on putting my already owned 20hp on this boat. Which would you choose?

    Which one would...
    * Have the highest top speed
    * Have the shallowest draft
    * Be better as a fishing platform
     
  2. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Elite Refuge Member

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    Which one has highest side height ? The 52 " bottom will have less movement when you stand to shoot as compared to 48" bottom if you use a boat blind. Which one has the openest floor plan. For hunting you want as much open floor plan as possable. I,d say 1552 will get you more MPH as slightly less draft but that might only be 1 to 2 mph with a 20. That size begs for a 25 at least.
     
  3. GetDuck

    GetDuck Elite Refuge Member

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    go with the 52 wide. the wider the better for stability and less draft. the 20hp will be "ok" but a 25 or 30 hp would be better. I bought a 1448 this past summer so I would have a smaller boat that I could use by myself. I wish it was wider. I am thinking about how to mount some spud pole brackets on it.
     
  4. bigoaklog

    bigoaklog New Member

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    Thanks for the responses. Any other comments?
     
  5. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Tough choice. I'd get the one that weighs the least.
     
  6. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    I just checked the weights of the Alweld 1552 and the Alweld 1648 jons. There's only a five pound difference. Still a tough choice.
     
  7. IowaWaterfowler10

    IowaWaterfowler10 Senior Refuge Member

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    I’ve hunted 1652’s and 1648’s. While not that much wider the 52 was noticeably more stable. If I were you I would go with the 1552 and as mentioned try to hang something with a little more hp off the back. A really versatile boat I think you’ll enjoy it!
     
  8. BobGlover

    BobGlover Senior Refuge Member

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    Take the 1552. Wider the better foot stability.
     
  9. duckbuster2

    duckbuster2 Senior Refuge Member

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    I would go with a 16×52 mod-v Alweld good prices.
     
  10. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Id be happy with a 1542mv.
    Next boat rig i set up is going to be FAST.
    There are places I need to go very fast
     

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