Valco prams?

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  1. obiwankanobi

    obiwankanobi Active Member

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    I had the opportunity to purchase a 8' Valco pram for cheap and was wondering what people think of them. It seems to be rock solid and looks very stable. I will have to add a few accessories and it should be good to go. Sadly I won't be on a lake until this spring with my current work schedule.

    Any Valco owners want to chime in?
     
  2. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Buy it!
    If you don't like it I'll buy it from you.
     
  3. Nick Clayton

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    Don't know much about them other than buy it. You dont see Valcos on the used market

    Try hitting to Yellowlab. If I recall he knows quite a bit about them
     
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    I think Nick is right, Yellowlab is like the curator of the pram museum. I don't own or need a valco but I'd like to get in line behind Stonefish. What makes them so much better than other 8 and 10 foot jon boats is the 40 +inch bottom. Most are 32 or 36" bottoms. Harborcraft also made a wide one but niether is in production anymore. Both usually bring a premium used in nice shape.
     
  5. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    My friend had one for nearly 20 years and the thing was a cork...never had a problem. They have a great reputation and good resale value. Have fun, be safe and get some.
     
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    Should I trade my Spring Creek Pram in? Nah!
     
  7. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Nice score Obi
    You will really enjoy how much more stable your new craft is versus your current Spring Creek. The added width of the Valco makes a big difference.
    SF
     
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    I had a 13' Valco for a number of years... Damn !!! Wish I still had it, very well built aluminum boat.... Good score Obi....
     
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    I had a 15' Valco Scout, which is a tiny, welded sled sort of design. It was superb, and I should have kept it. I also owned a 14' Industrial riveted model, and it was also very good. Don't have second thoughts about their products.
     
  10. Jim B

    Jim B Flyfishin' and homebrewin'....priorities ?

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    Just for grins, I Googled "Valco pram"....all that came up were hits for baby strollers...LOL!

    Jim B.
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Going back to all the years I worked at a marina, I recall Valcos as being pretty well-designed and stout boats. Of course, being on the salt we saw the larger Valcos and not prams.

    Didn't Valco also produce the Bayrunner boats? They seem to be a sweet ride also!
     
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    I own 8' Valco pram. Very stable in the water. Great for lakes and slow rivers. Not good for high traffic
    boat lakes. Heavy for cartopping. My only gripe, does not row well(nose dives). I have older 3hp
    minnkota motor. If you plan on rowing only, you need to be in the near vacinity to where you want to
    fish. If you get the boat cheap, you will get your money back down the road. They are bullet proof.
    If you do alot of river drifting(back rowing), I do not think this boat was designed for that. Still water lake
    fishing is ideal(what I do). Good luck!
     
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    My brother had a 10'er. Heavy as a tank and just as bulletproof.
     
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    I have wanted to try a valco Jon boat and once and a while I do see them for sale on CL. All the small valco joins I see are riveted and the bow does look pretty steep/flat as tight lines mentioned. The beam is what has me interested.

    In WA, Spokane must have more Jon boats than any other location. I look at their CL ads on occasion for beamy Jon boats like the valco you got. Good score!

    Look forward to your review or seeing it on the water.
     

  15. That was my experience with Valco prams. Not enough fore to aft rocker and the bow would push alot of water versus glide over it. Stable but I'd rather not have cross seat stringers in a pram if possible.
     

  16. I also owned the Bayrunner Baja 17' Center Console boat. I liked it better than I did the pram. Fully welded, flat floors, hidden cleats under the wide gunnels, 7' beam, high freeboard, full high bow rail, super light weight to tow, launch and fish. Got on plane with a Honda 50 Hp 4-stroke and sipped the fuel, a nice no hassle set up. I'd gladly own another one if it came along...
     

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    Yep, I think Valco and Bayrunner were produced by the same company.


    I had a 15' Bayrunner. Nice high flared bow and all welded. It had a tiller steer 25 HP on the transom.
    I found that with just myself in the boat and with a little side wind catching that nice high flared bow at planing speed, the boat would get real squirrely, real fast. Almost lost it a couple of times out in the Straits. It wasn't an issue when I had someone with me sitting in the front for trim. I tried trimming it, and adding what weight I had to the bow to counter it while out there on my own, but it was enough of a concern that I sold the boat.

    The Valco pram looks like a winner for its intended use to me though.
     

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