Discussion in 'Vehicles, Boats, Campers, & ATVs' started by armyguy, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. armyguy

    armyguy Well-Known Member

    I am thinking about buying a new boat.
    I have looked at Weldbilt and War eagle. Both in a 1542 modified V. any pros or cons of either one. And would a 15 horse yamaha be enough motor for either one? I am not looking to go really fast. Just get where i am going before the sun comes up. thanks for your input
  2. derk8586

    derk8586 Well-Known Member

    i have a 1542 weldbilt and i love it. tough boat. i have put mine through hell. I have friends that have wareagles also. Dont know of any problems they have ever had. Both are good boats in my opinion. Wareagle probably cost more....:confused:

    Only problem i ever had with mine was when i hit a stump pretty hard. didnt hurt the hull at all. it broke a small weld under the floor of the boat where the braces that go across are welded to the hull. i would have never know there was any damage at all if i wudnt have pulled the floor out to clean it that next spring. i took it to weldbilt and they re welded it for free. so they do stand behind there boats as far as i know. im sure wareagle does the same.

  3. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    They didn't stand behind mine....Bought it in october and got rid of it in november.....just picked up my new Xpress yesterday.
    Visit the "duck boat setup" thread a page or 2 back and check that out before you buy a weldbilt, it might change your mind. Chances are you won't have any trouble, my problem was probably just a fluke. But the bottom line is, I had trouble with since the day I bought it and never once did they offer to take that boat back and give me a new one. So I went down the road and got a 2011 Xpress for $500 cheaper than the weldbilt was and have a much stronger, nicer boat. Somthing to think about.
  4. factory909

    factory909 Well-Known Member

    ive also never had any problems with either of my weldbilts...good boat, and easy on the wallet
  5. cuppedup

    cuppedup Well-Known Member

    Look at the Southfork out of Lonsdale. Super nice boat and very well made. take the money you'll save get a 25 or you'll be sorry
  6. Matthew.loftis

    Matthew.loftis Well-Known Member

    here, here. Saw that boat at McSwains last weekend didn't I?
  7. armyguy

    armyguy Well-Known Member

    about how much does a southfork run for?
  8. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    I would like to see a southfork in person. All I know is I got a 2011 Xpress HD1546DDP for $2390......Weldbilt was $2885......Wareagle was around $3100 plus......I called every dealer of every brand of boat listed in the state to get these prices in the last 3 months. Of course, with the eagle, weldbilt, or southfork the price can vary greatly depending on whatever options you have added.
  9. armyguy

    armyguy Well-Known Member

    I am just looking for the boat. no trailer no motor(if i can make the 15 horse i already own work) no camo paint. i am just going to scavenge everything off of the old alumacraft that was handed down.:thumb: I was just looking for something a little wider with deeper sides.
  10. arkrem870

    arkrem870 Well-Known Member

    I have a 1546 southfork. Have not had and problems out of it yet. Fast boat and turns similar to my war eagle. I think they are 1800 but not sure. Got a 2nd so mine was half price. Dont get one bigger than 1546 cause it is wide. Inch wider than my forty eight war eagle.
  11. Smack

    Smack Well-Known Member

    One word: EXPRESS!!!!
  12. DuckLn

    DuckLn Well-Known Member

    fixed it fer ya
  13. nturchi

    nturchi Well-Known Member

    one word "BASS ASSASSIN"
  14. park duck

    park duck Well-Known Member

    one word "bullet"
  15. armyguy

    armyguy Well-Known Member

    whats the cost on an express? i cant find one on the net?
  16. take_em

    take_em Well-Known Member

    If you are looking for a heavy built boat, check out F&F in Monticello. They will build one exactly how you want it. I just acquired one and it is a tank! As for the 15 horse, I don't think it will push you very well if you have much in the boat with you. I used a johnson 15 on my old 16x48 when my 25 went down on me. It worked ok until you put a bag of decoys and another person/gear in it. Just my opinion.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  17. NaturalStateNative

    NaturalStateNative Well-Known Member

    $2390 for a 1546 DDP such as this....closer to $3000 anywhere other than Brooks Marine.
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  18. shootemagain

    shootemagain Well-Known Member


    I got a 2011 1448 Southfork and love it! I don't think you can wrong with them. Small company, personal service, quality product...:up: They will build it like you want it also. I'd think about goin with a 25hp. If you don't want to go fast you don't have to but you'll have more power and more options
  19. Hud_AthensArcher

    Hud_AthensArcher Member<br>2012-13 Bowhunting Contest Winner

    War Eagle. Not a better handling boat on the market. I got mine earlier in the year and it was camo, gun box, floor, pod seating, duck bill, lights, and running lights for $3350 at Sunrise in Searcy, oh its a 542.
  20. woodwise

    woodwise Well-Known Member

    On the Buffalo River we have a Max HP of 10....I have a Yamaha 9.9 2 Stroke that has been Tuned- up (Wink Wink) on a 1650 Blazer allweld ....21 mph with just me and my stuff....3 people and fishing gear 18 mph....:biggrin: