I haven't run one in the better part of 30+ years now but back as a kid and young adult in Louisiana my grandpa had a marina and rented out boats. We had approximately 25 boats that were 14' long with a 36" bottom. They all served us well. It wasn't unusual for me or one of my brothers to hunt with dad, grandpa or both out of one this size. Normally we tried to keep it to no more than 3 active shooters shooting out of the boat at the same time. Grandpa had an 18 horse outboard on his, me and my brothers had 25 horse outboards on ours and dad had a 40 horse outboard on his. Man I loved dad's boat...that 40 would make that thing fly!!!!I went with a 1436 mostly because it was a good deal and am now questioning the decision anyone run one if so does it do well enough for me not to go buy a bigger boat?
It will mostly be pintail flats, Farmington, or Ogden bay I was hoping to fish out of it a little as well at east canyon and pineview or rock port here and there but for bass so always close to shore.Really only you can answer that question. The big thing is what and where do you plan on using it. If in open water I would say yes, a flat bottom boat does not do well there, it it is inside a protected area then it should be fine.
I have a 20hp mud buddy longtail I want to put on it and it would be two guys and a dog at all times in it no more I will give it a try if not the 1542 will be the next purchaseMy first Jon boat was a 1436. I used it for fishing at Fish Lake, Jordanelle and Willard Bay, and duck hunting at several WMA's. I was limited on carrying capacity, and it was difficult to have more than 2 guys in the boat. A couple of my buddies still run 1436's and they serve their purpose, but for me I prefer bigger. You can get a 1542 for around $1250 if you decide to go bigger. (Freds Marine in Layton)
Alumacraft is what grandpa rented out at his marina. Man those boats can take a pounding and I mean POUNDING. I wish I still had the pictures of mine. Crashed it head on into a boat dock doing 20+ MPH. Caved in the front end pretty good and we straightened it back out pretty decently and I used it for another 7-8 years before selling it when we moved to Utah. Big Mistake. :sad: If any of you have one of these with rivets and the rivets start leaking give me a PM and I'll show you how to make them quit leaking. Every spring we would check every single boat and every single rivet. If the rivets leaked the smallest amount I would help grandpa fix them and in just a minute viola, no leaking rivets.I got my 14x48 from marine products. my boat is the open pod kind meaning no benches, just a platform up front and in the back is all. Every thing is open in the middle. Good for hauling gear. I paid $2140 for my 14x48 new. I'll bet you can get the 14x44 for less the 2K, and the 14x42 for cheaper than that
PS. my boat is an Alumacraft. I like that brand better than Tracker because it is built stronger. The ribs in the boat not only run across the floor but, up the sides of the boat too where as the tracker the ribs only run across the bottom. That is according to the tracker Topper boat I was comparing with the Alumicract.
also Alumicraft is just slightly thicker gage aluminum than the tracker. Again, comparing the Tracker Topper to the Alumacraft . you will pay more money for an Alumicraft though