When we wanted to buy boat, we wanted one we could use offshore and for recreation on the lake. The cost of a new boat made us shudder, especially for the specs we wanted. We opted to look at used boats.
A co-worker was looking to sell an older boat. He told us the motor needed some starter work and he was not mechanically inclined enough to handle the overall upkeep. He was selling below NADA on the hull and the boat was, for the most part, just what we were looking for. My husband took the bait and we now own the boat.
Our boat is a 1981 22 ft Aquasport Deep V Hull with a Cuddy. It is powered by a 200 hp Johnson, which will push the boat fairly well at near 40 mph in calm water. The Aquasport is Perfect for offshore fishing and suitable for recreation.
The Aquasport boasts a self-bailing deck. This is a nice feature for off shore fishing. If water gets into the deck area, it just drains off the boat rather than into the bilge. Saving you the hassle of bailing water, worry about sinking, or utilizing the bilge pump.
The deck area is large and has plenty of space for fishing. Four men can fish comfortably without getting under foot. There is also room for coolers, deck chairs, and any extra gear. When items are not in use, they can easily be stowed in the cuddy.
The cuddy cabin is large and accesses added under deck storage. This under deck storage is large enough to fit a portable head, extra gear, and tools. In the bow there is a storage bin for anchor line. The Aquasport cuddy comes equipped with cushions, should you want to sleep rather than fish. The only downside of the cuddy is you cannot stand in it, nor is it a walk around. A walk around is something we are looking for in our next boat, if we ever sell this one.
This Aquasport offers built in storage for rods and gear galore. There is in-dash storage and wall storage. When they designed this boat, they really put great thought into storage and utilizing wasted hull space.
The stern has enclosed storage for two batteries. Having two batteries allows enough power to start and run the motor, plus power any electronics you may need.
Gas is not an issue in this boat. It houses a 100-gallon gas tank. We can easily go 5 to 10; even 20 miles offshore and still make it back to the marina without fear.
The ride is a pleasurable experience. The Deep V hull cuts through waves like a hot knife through butter. The bounce is minimal and stays at the bow rather than with your passengers. So, if you are up for boating on choppy water, you can in this one.
This is a very dry boat in regular seas. I've seen other boaters return to dock soaked from head to toe. Not us, we stay dry. I'm sure it's the hull design. Looking at other boats side by side, I see differences in side height, bow depth, and especially in center consoles, the windshields.
The cockpit is designed for ease of control. There is ample space on the dash for any electronics or radios you may want.
One thing missing in this boat is a live well and/or fish storage. You can use use a large 120 cooler to store your catch. The cooler can also provide additional seating. There are many aerators on the market for keeping live bait. Since there is so much room on the deck, you can adapt this boat for your fishing needs.
The Aquasport Deep V Cuddy was an excellent investment for us. They are built to last, adaptable, and roomy. I'm sure we will have this boat for several more seasons and it will live far beyond that for the next owner.
Note: I rated seating at 2.5. This is because there are only two seats, it is mainly a fishing boat. Additional seating must be carried on or installed.