Valco prams?

#1
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?
 
#3
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
 

nailbender

Active Member
#4
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.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#5
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.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#7
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
 
#9
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.
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#11
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!
 
#12
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!
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#14
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.
 

yellowlab

Active Member
#15
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!

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.