What would you buy? Anyone selling anything?
You might be looking at a jon boat or gheenoe in that price range. Or you might be able to find an old Mitzi or something that needs some work, but that could be tough.
Key West 1520 is a great boat that would be around that price depending on power. Although it's got a little more deadrise than a typical poling skiff, it still gets plenty shallow for most all areas in Charleston, and actually lets you run through some chop.
I'd rather spend a little more and get an actual boat, than a gheenoe knock off. Even a gheenoe is very limiting. A true flats boat in the $5-7k range will be much more universal than a gheenoe style. I have a gheenoe and same length flats boat. I wouldn't fish half the days I do with my gheenoe as I do in the flats boat. Not even considering cargo space.
Gheenoe's are great for super skinny water and very very protected waters, but I wouldn't cross a bay in one.
15 highsider. But even in a classic it's pretty sketch. Check this guy out. He's claiming 2ft chop, but looks smaller to me. He's getting beat, and I've heard of people cracking hulls from that. I've been in same in a 15' flats and no issue. Just trim and go. Hell, the lake I live on gets worse than that. I've been on a flat bay and had 2-3's roll in fast. Being 15' I couldn't burn in, but I could ease in without worry. Wouldn't even attempt to make the run in a gheenoe. I can ease out the rough pass and hit offshore as well on a calm day. Gheenoe probably wouldn't make it through the pass, even though it was calm offshore. Don't get me wrong. Gheenoes are great for their intended purpose, but that purpose isn't a do-it all inshore boat. It's a calm water vessel that gets skinny. Venture out of that and you better be watching the skies and hope the ramp is close.What kind of Gheenoe do you have (classic or a 15' 4' highsider)? Your comment made me second guess my search for a Gheenoe.