Streamtech Boat

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by John Hicks, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

    Well, I finally did it. James Mello and I have been sharing an old Achillies raft for the past two years. It was a "bucket boat" (non self-bailing). I loved the boat but it was a tank in the water. So recently I decided to go out and find another rig to get me down the river in. I did a lot of research on rafts, and finally settled on a Streamtech Salmonfly. After quite a few conversations with Link Jackson the owner of Streamtech and with Derek Young who owns one, I decided on the Salmonfly. The raft is a 13'6" selfbailing Maravia with a Cambridgeworks frame. I love that I was able to totally customise the raft to me need but still have Link there to tell me what works and what does not.

    So after waiting for a couple weeks to have mine built, the Wife and I drove to Oregon to meet Link part way to take delivery. This was great as her and I decided to stay in Hood River that night. I got to talk with Link for a while and get the low down on my new raft.

    I chose to have two dry boxes, one under the front seat and a cooler box just to the front and to the right of the oarsmans seat. This weekend I took the raft out on its maided voyage and named her the SS Vincent after my father who passed away last summer. She took some nice white water very well. I loved the high rocker front as it really rolled through the wave trains instead of punching through. The dry boxes were able to hold a shit ton of gear which was awesome. The raft turns super easy and tracks very smoothly. I was able to even back row on a couple areas which are no easy task in a raft.

    I will post more pictures in this thread as the customasation progresses. I have already decided that I need some rod holder options so if anyone knows of some let me know.

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  2. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Congrats! Looks like you made a great choice and I am sure you will love it.
     
  3. shawn k

    shawn k Member

    Nice boat! now you need a narrower raft trailer. LOL
     
  4. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

    I actually have that trailer by design. I can put sideboards on the trailer and use it for other things. It is also very nice to walk around the boat without having to climb on it.
     
  5. Sweet-lookin' boat.
     
  6. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    Thanks for the ride in the new bote. Good stuff. Mine will be here in 2 weeks, so family floats are in our near future.
     
  7. chrome/22

    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

    Good looking raft, very clean design.

    Check Folbe's website, they make rod holders for your raft frame, you will find a base that will clamp right onto the tube. Very slick product.


    c/22
     
  8. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    Dubbleposttttt
     
  9. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

    Nice boat - Congrats John!
     
  10. Flyborg

    Flyborg Active Member

    Sexy, man.
     
  11. Bill Aubrey

    Bill Aubrey Active Member

    Very nice. I wanna ride. Link builds a hell of a boat. And he's good people.
     
  12. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

    Congrats! Very nice boat.
     
  13. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    John, having fished out of and rowed Derek's boat I'm very jealous. I love my cataraft, and as a boat of opportunity it continues to impress, but that Streamtech is the cat's meow. I heard you and the 'Radish had some time on the water in that boat recently. I do hope that it is all that you wanted! Did someone say family floats? I'm down, have family and they like to float. Congrats!
     
  14. That is a dream craft. Nice!
     
  15. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

    Ed, I'm all over it. This summer, methow two day, yak two day? I want to do a four day on the John Day sometime as well.
     
  16. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    I know a guy with a John Day permit...just sayin'.
     
  17. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

    Family float? Are Aunties invited??? John, I know other more family-friendly launches than the one we did last time, LOL!
     
  18. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

    Sue, Aunties are always invited. Maybe we could have a multi family overnighter this summer on the yak.
     
  19. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Auntie Freestone and John, let's do a two day on the Yakima then a three or four day on the John Day.
     
  20. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    Awesome looking boat. I'm green with envy! You're a couple years ahead of me. What other accessory options did you get besides the two boxes?

    It would be really interesting to hear how you deliberated all the various options.