I am going to use the one above since it has two pontoons an added measure of safety. It also floats in amazingly shallow water. It is also easier to pull than the nanner. When I pull the nanner with the steelheader I can get almost 5 MPH to right at 5 mph. With this boat I can get 5.7 mph to 6. I was kind of surprised. I will be interested to see your report.
Got it tricked out. Put a wooden frame inside the removable pockets to attach the modular rod holders and utility rack. Works great. My main problem right now is the same one I have always had with Scadden's inflatable seats. The slightest loss of air pressure and I slip right out the front. I have to add some kind of auxiliary seat and raise the front end to keep me in the seat. Shouldn't have to do that for the prices he charges.
You are a master of tricking out boats and attaching motors to them, etc. From reading your posts, you seem to be a still water fisherman, like me. I have had the Scadden Renegade for four years now. I'm not young (will be 70 this fall), but I just row it...motor, no battery. Most of the lakes I fish are not large...10 to 110 acres. The Renegade rows so easily I have not problem getting to any part of the lake I want to fish.
If you fish any small lakes, you might want to leave the motor and battery at home. In many ways it's a lot easier this way.
Thanks for all your posts and advice through the years.
The great thing about fishing...and about propulsion systems...is that we are free to choose what suits us best...for our own styles of fishing.
By the way, I have a few years on you. But that is not the reason I started using a motor on my craft a few years ago. In former times, much of the fishing I did was on smaller waters...or in smaller defined areas of larger lakes. However, the lakes I fish most now...and the distances between where I launch and where I like to fish...often require more speed and range than I can get with fin power. And, while I am a pretty good oarsman, I almost never use the oars. They are not compatible with the PVC trinkets I can't do without...and I prefer hands-free fishing. I use my fins to maintain position and make minor moves.
I also had a Renegade for a while. Good craft, but just a tad too large to move around a lot with fin power alone. And again, I don't do oars much. I also had an Outcast Cougar...with the low profile air bladders. Loved it too, but again it was too much craft for my style of fishing.
One of the final reasons for going with the motor is for potential problems on the water. I am still in good health but I do have occasional "twinges" in my knee...or get muscle spasms in my legs. And if I need to work my way back a long distance...against the winds that always blow in the wrong direction...I am able to do so without a trip to the ICU.
As they say about taking a coat with you on a warm day..."Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."
My full function boat however is the Fuzion.
It is drop stitch material and tuff as heck. Full flat surface for tons of extras, and with frame I am only getting wet mid calf. And you can stand up. The flat design is like a suction cup on the water so it can take weight at the edge and still lay flat on the water.
And a built in motor mount
I added to glue on Scotty mounts. One for my sonar and one for a three tree rod holder.
I did also get a SUP which I really like as well. It is a a canoe
Stand Up Paddle Board
Plus you can sit side ways and use fins.
And rolls up for transporting.
Bass are toys. Gills and Trout are food.
There is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an Idiot
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