Do you want a boat?

Buying a boat

As a first time boat buyer, I had learned a lot in the past couple of months that I felt should be shared and passed down. I have had several friends over the years who have owned boats, but the actual reality of it was not something I was well versed on. Now that I find myself on the other side of the fence, lets discuss some things that may help another first time buyer. Tips and hints as well as lessons learned, and what to keep an eye out for. If you have any information to add please drop me an email and I will add it to the blog post. This isn’t meant to be an “end all be all” for purchasing a boat, just a quick read to get your feet wet if you are in the market.

The first thing to be addressed is price. Every time I would look up boat prices, I would be astonished on how it is so common to see $50-100k boats all over the road and that so many “average” families could afford such an expensive payment. This fact alone kept me from purchasing a boat for quite some time as we couldn’t swing a large payment every month. It wasn’t until my research began that I learned you can drag these “recreational” loans out for 20 years pretty easily. In fact, it is rather common for people to have a 15-20-year boat loan.

For instance: Consider a $50,000 vehicle loan at 3% APR for 4 years and $0 down payment. You will be looking at $1,062 a month. (

Consider the same $50,000 price on a recreational loan at 6% APR for 20 years and $0 down payment. This monthly price is $358 a month. (

While in no way am I suggesting to take out a 20-year loan (we didn’t) or to pay $50k for a boat (didn’t do that either), these numbers just show that a really nice boat can be affordable to the average family.

The next topic to tackle will be the type of vessel you want to get. For simplicity (and my experience) I am going to discuss common center consoles with outboard engine boats. Weighing your personal needs against the pros and cons of each type of boat can help you narrow your choices down into what you need. Since this is a hunting / fishing blog I will stick with the two most common choices in our world of a flats boat, a bay boat, or a deep V.

Courtesy of East Cape Skiffs: The EVO 

Courtesy of East Cape Skiffs: The EVO 

Flats Boat: Very common for the intercostal fishing enthusiast. The flats boat specializes in being able to navigate very shallow coastal waters. Most of them in fact can operate in less than two feet of water. The cons to a flats boat mainly surrounds rough waters and ride comfort. While calm days on the intercostal are great, if you need to cross a large bay or anywhere that waves can exceed “white caps”, you are in for a rough ride.

Sea Fox 200 Viper

Sea Fox 200 Viper

Bay Boat: This type of boat is kind of like a bass boat on steroids. It offers a lot of the same features as a flats boat, but with a deeper V in the front. The Bay Boat will generally handle rough water better than a flats boat and they are easier to fish out of due to its wide front bow. You can get them in many configurations and sizes that suite your needs specifically. Some of the cons include that they can’t go as shallow as a flats boat. My bay boat has no problem operating in 3 feet of calm water but anything less you can guarantee you will be getting out to push it. While the Bay Boat can handle some open water, it can’t handle going too far offshore or waves bigger than a couple feet.

Courtesty of Sea Pro: 239 Deep V Series

Courtesty of Sea Pro: 239 Deep V Series

Deep V: If you can see yourself in 2-4 feet of chop, the deep V is probably for you. This configuration will allow you to go a little further offshore and handle fishing deeper waters. They are typically much larger with more horsepower and can handle the load of a larger party. The cons of a Deep V starts with the fact that it has a larger draft, so they can’t operate in very shallow water. That is why you won’t see very many of them fishing the shallow intercostal. They also typically have larger (or multiple) engines and are very thirsty. This can bring up average operating cost as you are feeding more fuel to the monster on the back of it.


There are only a few manufacturers that are commonly seen on the water and who you go with is often up to personal opinion. Some things to consider would be the type of water you will be in (fresh or salt) and the size you want. If buying a used boat, make sure you know how many hours are on the engine and how it has been maintained. If the boat has been primarily in salt water, you want to be absolutely sure it was flushed out after every trip and the engine is not rusting from the inside out. I personally went with the trusty Yamaha 150 four stroke as it has been a proven work horse for many years.

One thing to take into consideration is offshore fisherman. I have talked to several charter boat captains that have 3,000+ hours on them and they are running great. These engines are made to run and to be run hard. Personally, I would feel more worried about a 20-year-old engine with 50 hours on it than I would a 4-year-old engine with 1,000 hours on it. I am no expert in this field but just from gathering information from fellow boat owners, this is the general consensus.


When you start looking to buy your first boat someone along the way will surely try to talk you out of it. There are many common “jokes” about boat ownership but the two you are guaranteed to hear are:

“The best boat is a friend’s boat”

“The best two days of boat ownership are the day you buy it and the day you sell it”

I won’t argue that those jokes don’t have some truth to them, BUT.. I also can’t sit here and say that they are accurate. Boats are a lot of work and the maintenance starts the day you buy them. Outside of the initial cost, before you ever take the boat on the water you will have a shopping list of supplies to buy. Every time you go out you will have to come home after a long day on the water and flush out the motor, then scrub the boat inside and out. At least once a year you have to wax the boat, change the oil, air filter, water separator, etc. The list goes on and on and can seem like a daunting task if you don’t truly enjoy being on the water. For me, all of this extra stuff is done with a smile on my face knowing that I can escape into nature whenever I want.

The unexpected costs are also a huge factor in boat ownership. The more gadgets you have, the more you will have to maintain. I have found the best way to prepare is to get a boat loan through a separate bank. Set up a pay allotment that is $150-200 more than your payment and let that money build up to a nice cushion in case you need it.

Just remember, if you are using your boat in salt water… you have to stay ahead of the rust. This includes soaking down the trailer with fresh water at the end of the day as well. All of that salt water will sit in the carpet and drain down over your brackets causing them to rust and fall apart.

Hopefully this short article can help someone on their pursuit of boat ownership. If you have any specific questions you can’t find an answer to we are here to help! Now it up to you, GET UP AND GET AFTER IT!



On the Horizon

What's up folks?! If you're reading this then you've either made your way here via the main page of our website or possibly followed a link from one of our social media accounts. Either way, thanks for taking your time to stop by and see what we've got to say and share.

We wanted to take a minute to just tell you a little bit about what we've got going on and what's on the horizon for Palmetto Pursuit. As you know we have our website up and running (I mean you're here so...obviously, right?) as well as our social media platforms which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. In addition to continuing to regularly add content to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we will soon be publishing original content to YouTube to include hunting and fishing montages, how-to videos related to hunting and fishing as well as product reviews. We're pumped to start getting this content created and to start sharing it with you so be on the look at for those!

Next is the introduction of our monthly giveaways. We've been planning and brainstorming how we want to execute these giveaways and we're just about ready to launch. You can expect some awesome prizes and easy ways to participate. Keep an eye out particularly on Instagram for announcements. I'm not going to give away too much information but you will not want to miss these giveaways.

The next item coming up will be our store. We are currently working on designing products and merchandise as well as viewing samples and proofs. We hope to have an array of shirts, hoodies and hats as well as stickers, lanyards, koozies and more. We're excited to get the store up and running and see everyone rocking some Palmetto Pursuit swag real soon.

Lastly, as you might have already noticed, we have a Newsletter signup started when you visit the website. We'll be sending out a monthly newsletter to subscribers each month. Within the newsletter we'll be including exclusive updates, event information and discounts from our partners that will be available only to our subscribers. 

 Finally, we will be continuing with our goal and efforts to provide some way to give back to our environment. It seems like every time we are out in nature, we end up cleaning up someone else’s mess. So one of our main goals and priorities will be finding a way to do more than what we can do alone!

2017 Deer Season - Looking Back

As deer hunters, there really is no "off season". Once the hunting season is over then it's time for taking down stands if need be, shed hunting and spring and summer time scouting. All of this is in preparation for the next season. All of the hard work and effort culminates and builds into the anticipation of opening day. Then, as long as it feels like it takes opening day to get here it feels like the season comes to an end equally as fast. With the  2017 deer season behind me, I thought it would be beneficial to look back at what my goals were, if I was able to meet them and what I learned along the way.

My 2017 season was full of ups and downs, plenty of frustration and plenty of success as well. Completely unrelated to hunting itself, this season was full of personal milestones. My youngest son turned two, my oldest turned eleven and we welcomed our baby daughter into the world. My wife and I celebrated three years of marriage and 10 years of being together and my sister got married. You can imagine that all of these things, especially the new baby, took some time away from hunting (especially since all but one happened during October and November).

My goals for this year were to first and foremost put meat in the freezer. I got skunked last year, which could be blog post all of its own, and didn't have venison in the freezer for this year. My other goals were to do some hunting out of state, kill a mature buck with my bow and hunt more in the national forest.

Early in the season I let a few does walk in hopes they were dragging bucks behind them. I've done this in years past and have decided I will no longer do this. I passed on does for so long that it was once again late into the season before I killed any deer and I was at risk of getting skunked again. I was able to get the monkey off my back during a hunt in Francis Marion National forest which allowed me to kill two birds with one stone with regard to my goals (meat in freezer and hunt the national forest). In future seasons, though, I will look to do some doe management early on instead of waiting and ensure a full freezer sooner than later. I did not hunt the national forest after that hunt but plan to hunt multiple times next year now that I have a better ideas of the lay of the land and how things operate there.

I had the opportunity to do some hunting in North Carolina as well which allowed me to check that off my list. Matt and myself spent a couple days in the hills of North Carolina hunting some of his family's property. It was a pretty surreal experience. The first day we hunted the temp started in the lower 30's and dropped several degrees before starting to snow. We hunted all that day and the next day while about 6 inches of snow accumulated. Matt killed a doe and I saw several deer just not any close enough. I did have a small 6 pt eat in front of me for about 30 mins but we weren't allowed to shoot anything smaller than an 8 pt. At the end of the trip we went home with the doe Matt shot and a roughly 130 lb buck that his uncle gave us out of guilt for us not seeing/shooting more deer. All in all it was a fun trip and we're already planning to return next year.

The last major goal I had was to harvest a mature buck with my bow. I was not able to accomplish this and it was for multiple reasons. Your best bet where I generally hunt is to get a mature buck during the rut. Other than the rut, the bucks don't leave their bedding areas and their home ranges are pretty small. The rut gets them moving and even more so if you can get some cold weather during that time. The rut this year for me was sort of an "off-time" as we were getting acclimated to having a brand new baby and also trying to celebrate several big milestones in our family. In retrospect, it's not that big of a deal as I've ended the season with 4 deer in the freezer and a potential 5th or 6th if my son can seal the deal next weekend on his youth day hunt. Oh I also forgot to mention that my bow feel 20 feet from a tree stand at the end of November due to a faulty hoist rope so it's been out of commission since then anyways!

Goals are important in anything you do as it gives you a purpose and point to aim your efforts. If you've never set specific goals for your hunting season I highly recommend it. How did your season go this year? Do you set goals for your hunting season(s)? Let us know in the comments or on our social media pages.

What is the goal?

My name is Matt and I am here to help Palmetto Pursuit launch into something Gus and I have wanted for a long time. After my time in the Army, I decided to move down to South Carolina to start my future which has largely been pointed towards the outdoor world. When my 9-5 time card is punched, I want to be exploring new places and making new memories through the sites of my bow. 

We have been hunting the Francis Marion National Forest for the last 2 years and found it very difficult to find information about where to go, where to camp and where to hunt. With a little over 258k acres to explore, this was a daunting task at first. That is where my goal for Palmetto Pursuit came into the cross hairs. Pairing our experience and knowledge with the latest news and product reviews, we want to expand our reach into the surrounding Southern states to help people just like you have more fun being an outdoorsman. 

The other main drive for us is our conservation efforts. We want to not only give back to the community, but also work very hard at trying to keep the land and water ways we love maintained and ready for the next generation to take over after us. If we don’t all work together to preserve what we love, it will some day disappear. It is just a proven fact that most people don’t care about keeping the land clean.

Hopefully, we share the same goal and passion and can help shine the light for new sportsman and the more seasoned alike. With your help and experience, we can truly create a space for us to come together and share each others memories. 

So make an account, log in and tell us about your self! Happy hunting!



Waterfowl Migration Maps

If you're a waterfowl hunter then you know there is almost no more important aspect to planning a hunt then knowing where the birds are at. As a waterfowl hunter you undoubtedly pay attention to any reports or information you can find with regard to how the birds are migrating and where along with flyways increased numbers can be seen. Having accurate and thorough information with regard to this information can make or break a hunting trip. And lets face it, nobody wants to be the guy sitting in a blind with a bunch of bored buddies running low on coffee having not fired a shot because you didn't plan the hunt well.

Well, one great tool to help you avoid this are the Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map and Hunting Reports. Hunters can see and read hunting and migration reports submitted by other hunters throughout the country as well as very well written hunting reports from Ducks Unlimited contributors. There are obviously other things that need to be taken into consideration but this site from Ducks Unlimited is a great place to start. We utilize these reports often here at Palmetto Pursuit along with the Windy weather website and app (See our weather page) when planning our hunts.

We hope that if you haven't seen the Ducks Unlimited Migration Map and Hunting Reports that you find them useful. Do you have any helpful resources you use for planning your hunts? Share them in the comments, post them in the forum or hut us on on social media!

We've Arrived!

Here we are... Palmetto Pursuit has finally landed. The truth is this has been a long time coming and should have been materialized over a year ago. Unfortunately I let my own self-doubt and concerns about what other people would think get in my way. Couple that with some design delays we had along the way and it's taken a little longer than expected. But, nonetheless, we're here and we couldn't be more excited to finally launch.

My name is Gus and Palmetto Pursuit was originally my brain child. I got the idea rolling and then brought in a close friend to help me out, provide some important insight and make sure I wasn't completely insane. Together, over that past several months we have put together what we think is something special are continuing to build and develop even more for Palmetto Pursuit. So what exactly is Palmetto Pursuit, you ask? Well let's start from the beginning.

A couple of years ago I started an Instagram account and wanted to specifically share my outdoor adventures. Pictures and videos of hunting, fishing and camping from my point of view. However, with no real aim or purpose it slowly dwindled and I stopped posting to the account. But deep down I knew I wanted to do something more with the outdoors. I love being outside, I love being in the woods among nature and everything it has to offer. So with this continually gnawing at the back of my mind I slowly started to see what I wanted to do with Palmetto Pursuit. After getting the initial ball rolling, my friend and I (who will have the chance to introduce himself in his own post) decided we wanted to build a community and platform for hunters, anglers and outdoorsmen and women in the Palmetto state and surrounding Southeastern United States. That desire led us to where we are today.

As we continue to build, our hope is to bring together outdoorsmen and women who can share stories and information and support one another ultimately maintaining a strong community of people helping to uplift and preserve the outdoor lifestyle and traditions we all love. To make this happen we have created this website where local area news and events can be found. Additionally we will be doing in depth product reviews, eventually have our own shop for apparel and other items as well as the launching of our Palmetto Pursuit forums. All of this will be tied into our various social media platforms so you can all share with one another in whatever way is most convenient for you. We're excited to see where this thing goes and what kind of community we can grow.

Drop us a line in the comments here or on social media and be sure to follow along on social media! Thanks for stopping by.