The Perfect Boat...

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Riverman, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. Riverman

    Riverman Member

    We all know there is no perfect boat for all occasions.

    But, if you could have JUST ONE BOAT for class-1 and 2 rivers, what would it be?

    I'm starting to like the idea of a frameless rig at my old age.

  2. PT

    PT Physhicist

    Fishing with others or solo?

    For multiple person floats, I'd probably stick with my 13' raft. But, would go for one of those frameless gizmos from the company I'm not fond of if I didn't have to deal with the company I'm not fond of. ;) They seem to make a decent frameless 2-3 person watercraft.

    Reason I'd go with the frameless is strictly portability. Right now, trailering my raft isn't an issue but down the road may have some sort of RV and IF I HAD TO HAVE JUST ONE RIVER BOAT, that'd make the trailer obsolete.

    If it was strictly a solo person fishing craft, my WM or an 11' Sotar cat with easily broken down frame.
  3. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    The perfect boat is a very good friend's boat.
  4. Mark Kulikov

    Mark Kulikov Active Member

    After 35 years of owning multiple boats in various types, shapes and sizes, I've come to the conclusion that the "perfect boat" is somebody else's.

    Sent from my little square phone thingy...
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  5. the ideal boat is one of my friends set up for what type of water we are fishing, and i dont have to pay for anything
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  6. seriously tho with the exception of storage space my scadden assult kills it
  7. Riverman

    Riverman Member

    I like the looks of the Scadden Renegade... it has 5-stars rating on Cabela's.
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  8. birdman413

    birdman413 New Member

    not really a one boat kinda guy...WF clackacraft & stream tech salmom fly seems to fit my addiction rather nicely.
  9. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Solo Scadden Assault
    Two seat cataraft on 12's
    Three seat cataraft on 14's but seeking expansion to 16's

    That's my one boat and other two boats. I have a salt water boat too.
  10. Guy Gregory

    Guy Gregory Active Member

    it's usually the one I just sold....

    Right now, I'm thinking it's a hardtop jet riverboat..
  11. Riverman

    Riverman Member

    I wonder which one is better for river fishing... the Scadden Assault or the Scadden Renegade? Too many boats to choose from these days...
  12. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    I was in your boat a while back (pun intended). I can sympathize how difficult it is to track down that right boat. It will happen in time though. Your doing the right thing which is researching. My best advice is that since you are comparing two crafts from the same manufacturer, it would be wise to give them a call with that question as you will get a true objective answer.
  13. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Assault in the river is pretty dang sweet, IMHO.
  14. Peyton00

    Peyton00 Active Member

    I have a 16' toon. It seats 3 for river fishing. It does well on skinny low water. I have a 15 hp motor i use on the big rivers.
  15. RogueBum

    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

    I know it's kinda old and flabby, but I still love my little Tote-N-Float. It was the precursor to the Watermaster or Scaddens open bow options. Only 23lbs when deflated and I can take it in the back of any car.
  16. Blue

    Blue Active Member

    The Assault is a sweet boat but if you like fishing tip in water, might want to think open front Renegade.
  17. Billinoregon

    Billinoregon New Member

    Riverman, I just started down this path myself. With two lumbar fusions and being on the wrong side of 60 I just can't hack the seating position in my kayak anymore, so I am looking very seriously at one-man 'toons. My big questions are framed or frameless, and stand up or kickboat style. I really like the idea of a boat being light enough to pack in for a mile or two, but also really like the idea of a high, dry ride with honest-to-gosh metal oar platforms and real oars, not little aluminum and plastic jobbies.
    Looking at the Catchercraft 1-Salt and the Skookum 9 and 10-foot Steelheaders. In a frameless, Scadden's Renegade looks very hard to beat, but he seems to have a sketchy rep with some people in my first round of Googling ... Choosing a 'toon is a pleasant misery though, ain't it?
  18. Billinoregon

    Billinoregon New Member

    By the way, I heard really great things about Bruce at Water Ready, but he just replied to my e-mail that he is no longer building frames.
  19. sportsman

    sportsman Active Member

    What year did you buy it? Never knew who the 2 guys were who were behind the T&F, but they had a great idea...just never took it to the next level. Dave Inks { Waterstrider/Watermaster } saw the potential, had the brains and moxy and made it happen.
  20. Riverman

    Riverman Member

    Think I will just stick with my rig that I have paid for... smile.
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