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Old 12-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Are those catamaran kayaks next to your trailer?
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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Are those catamaran kayaks next to your trailer?
Nope. Those are pontoon boats. Buck's Bags Southfork model. Can use the oars or flippers ( some even attach small electric motors ). I'd call them a FUV. Fishing Utility Vehicle, because your hands are free to handle your rod and the fish ( oars shipped and using flippers to control the boat ).
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Nope. Those are pontoon boats. Buck's Bags Southfork model. Can use the oars or flippers ( some even attach small electric motors ). I'd call them a FUV. Fishing Utility Vehicle, because your hands are free to handle your rod and the fish ( oars shipped and using flippers to control the boat ).
Are they very light weight ?….. Do you always wear hip-waders ?
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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Nope. Those are pontoon boats. Buck's Bags Southfork model. Can use the oars or flippers ( some even attach small electric motors ). I'd call them a FUV. Fishing Utility Vehicle, because your hands are free to handle your rod and the fish ( oars shipped and using flippers to control the boat ).
Those are amazing. And, according to the web site, the shipping weight for a 7' boat is only 60 lbs. Might be just the thing for someone who is fearful of tipping over in a kayak or canoe ...
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #5
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Those are amazing. And, according to the web site, the shipping weight for a 7' boat is only 60 lbs. Might be just the thing for someone who is fearful of tipping over in a kayak or canoe ...
I've thought about the same thing, with photography and just recreational paddling (okay, rowing) in mind, but the fishing cats are pretty short and likely both less stable and slower than a more typical boat. Corrections and suggestions welcome...

Also,it seems to me that a better way to move something a cat - rather than rowing - would be a Hobie Cat MirageDrive, although it won't work in very shallow water.
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I've thought about the same thing, with photography and just recreational paddling (okay, rowing) in mind, but the fishing cats are pretty short and likely both less stable and slower than a more typical boat. Corrections and suggestions welcome...

Also,it seems to me that a better way to move something a cat - rather than rowing - would be a Hobie Cat MirageDrive, although it won't work in very shallow water.
When we were looking for a small-ish water craft for the lake, we debated on a Zodiac or a Porta Bote (Porta Bote | The Unique Folding Boat). We settled on the Zodiac since we wouldn't be moving it much; however, now that we're looking at traveling in our Escape, I'm sorry we didn't go with the Porta Bote.
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Are they very light weight ?….. Do you always wear hip-waders ?
I wear either waist-high waders or my chest waders. My buddy, in the pic sometimes just wears shorts, depending on the weather. Hip waders could mean a wet bum, although you are sitting above the water.

Also, if you look up Scotty rod holders you will find accessories. I've got two rail-mount anchor holders and anchors, two rod holders and a drink holder. Small cooler sits on the apron on the back ( or I suppose you could put a porta-potti there ).
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the fishing cats are pretty short and likely both less stable and slower than a more typical boat. Corrections and suggestions welcome...
I've used mine on rivers and in some decent size waves. Never worried. But, they aren't designed to go fast. Designed for fishing, and with flippers you can manoeuvre precisely with your hands free to handle the rod and fish.
If you want to go fast, you need a 17' canoe with no rocker. Makes a lousy fishing boat.
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I have two 17.5' boats, a Helman Prospector, a do everything boat, but not the fastest loaded up. Quite stable, and good for fishing. Quite good in big rapids too.

My other tandem is a Swift Winisk, which is what baglo is referring to at the end of his last post. Very little rocker, asymmetrical in shape, initially unstable unless loaded, light and very fast. I got it for covering distances and it works great for that. Great for trolling too.

My last boat is a near complete 15'5' solo boat. Little rocker, quite narrow, and designed to be fast. Hope to have it in the water next spring.
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... the fishing cats are pretty short and likely both less stable and slower than a more typical boat...
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I've used mine on rivers and in some decent size waves. Never worried.
It occurs to me now that I should have said less directionally stable... not more prone to tip.
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