Watermaster kickboats: opinions?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by sportsman, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. Myself and a couple of fishing partners are looking in to the Watermasters; especially the new 'Bruin'...15lbs. Does anyone own one of their rafts? If so, any feedback would be greatly appreciated, good or bad! Really interested in anyones experience in some of the local rivers. Thanks in advance, Fred.
     
  2. I should have added that we have a very slight interest in the Abel Travelcraft, but the rear air seat seems to be a little suspect?! Thanks.
     
  3. I still have my old Tote-N-Flote which pre-dates the Watermaster but is essentially the same configuration. My fishing buddy has a new Watermaster and since we fish together but with different boats (I usually use a pontoon boat)I can make some comparisons. The WM is not as fast nor do you set up as high. More of your legs are in the water. It is harder to get in and out of than a pontoon. I has very little storage space that could be considered handy. It is very expensive for what you get which is basically an elongated belly boat. The standard seat is not adequate but can be replaced with something better. It doesn't lend itself to anchor or depthfinder use very well. The oars may not be positioned exactly wher you need them to be for maximum efficiency.
    On the other hand the boat can be packed into a relatively small space and is much easier to deal with than a pontoon boat that must be broken down for travel. With a proper seat it can be really comfortable and provides that "Cadillac Ride" whereas a standard belly boat could be compared to a Ford Escort. It is great for silently fishing weedy edges and easy to control when casting to rises. And it is very tough and can take a real beating. It is whitewater worthy as well. It is easily backpackable and can be taken places that will never see a pontoon boat. Like every piece of equipment out there it has it's strengths and weaknesses. It may or may not meet your needs long term, only you can decide that. But I think there is little question that it is a quality piece of gear. Ive
     
  4. I used one for a bit on our MT trip and was sold. My bruin is on the way. I'll provide further detail after I've had it for a while but consider that your profile is lower than a pontoon, your butt is still out of the water, carrying capacity is 500-600 lbs, the closed bow allows you to walk around and fish without having to anchor up, no frame to deal with resulting in a smaller and lighter package when broken down and the setup time from bag to water is much less.

    Given that one of my fishing rigs is a motorcycle I decided to part with my pontoon a little sooner than expected so I'd have the option to bring a kickboat. Nothing against the pontoon as it was a fine boat and has never let me down short of my own being able to anchor up in moving water. In my book the Water Master should be strongly considered when deciding on a single person kick boat.

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  5. I HAVE HAD 2 WATERMASTERS FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. THEY ARE HALF THE WEIGHT OF A PONTOON AND ARE VERY PORTABLE. THEY FIT IN A BAG WITH STRAPS FOR BACKPACKING. I CARRIED ONE 4 MILES INTO BULMAN LAKE IN CANADA. THERE IS NOT AN ANCHOR SYSTEM. ONE BIG DOWNER IS IF YOU ARE GOING INTO A STIFF WIND YOU WILL GET VERY WET AS WATER COMES OVER THE FRONT. I HAVE A HOLDER FOR MY BUDDY 2 DEPTHFINDER WHICH WORKS WELL. IT IS VERY STABLE AND WHITE WATER WORTHY. THE TOTE AND FLOTE IS 2 STEPS BELOW THE WM.
     
  6. I have owned a watermaster for 6 years now, and I really like it. Used to go with my buddy on his pontoon boat on our local waters in MT. I think it is easy to control, especially slowing down with the feet to work dries along the bank. Partially this is because you have more leg in the water. I feel I had better control than my buddy. As for space, you can get as many dry bag buckles as you could need for a week of camping on there. Mine is somewhat customized this way. I don't like it on lakes, but I don't fish lakes much. Last spring I took my girl down the Wenatchee on it- we got a good thrashing at one point but otherwise it handled very well in the whitewater. Oh yeah, in the time I've owned it I have not had to do ANY maintenance. They are bombproof. Hope this helps...
     
  7. Thanks again for all of the good info! They now have an anchor system/motor mount and removable hard seat available. Good point on the positioning of the oars; will have to see one to be sure it will fit, I'm a little under 6' tall. Chris, will look forward to hearing how your Bruin performs in our local waters! Fred.
     
  8. IF YOU ARE FISHING LAKES THE WM. IS AWESOME. IT HAS LOTS OF STORAGE AND A DEPTHFINDER CAN BE STRAPPED TO THE FRONT OF THE BOAT WHERE IT CAN BE SEEN AT ALL TIMES. IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE INFLATED PRICE IT IS A VERY GOOD BOAT. IT WILL LAST A LONG TIME. I BOUGHT MINE AT PROPP'S ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. I HAVE FLOATED MANY RIVERS WITH NO FEAR. I HAVE NOT USED IT IN tHE SAlt. hope this has helped a bit.
     

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