Pontoon Boat for the wife.


FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs
I currently own a FishCat Panther model. Very easy to row/manuver has 7' 2 piece oars. Motor mount will take my minkota 65 (and my 250+lb butt) easily. The four air chambers a saftey plus for floating the rivers, and the frame breaks down easily for transport. Fairly light at 75lbs (advertised #) but very stable. I occaisionally stand up on it to spot quarry. my balance isn't good enough for much else. Only drawback, if at all, is that it is a low profile craft and you will get your tail wet in heavy wakes/waves. No problem tho if it's HOT or you are wearing waders. :thumb:
Paul, good to see you as always. That KISS advice is not wasted.

I guess I should have mentioned that, as with most fly fishing partners, when she gets one, I have to get one for myself as well. Can't have her scootin off across a lake or down a river leavin me at the launch site. With that consideration price is a definate obstacle. We are leaning toward the Fish Cat 9, but she has to sit in one to see if it will adjust to her and still be able to row it.

LotechJoe, is that the boat you had at RFC last spring? Nice looking little boat.

Thanks again.

Hello Paul,

From reading other forums, it seems that I want a boat that can handle at least Class III. I live in Colorado near the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. I'll use the pontoon primarily on those rivers. I'll also most likely get over to the Arkansas and the Gunnison. I suppose I'd fish some reservoirs as well since I'd have a boat.

I don't know that I'd care about giving up the use of fins for a standing platform.

The Skykomish Sunrise looks great. At $1000, it's at the very limit of my budget. Some of the Skookums look nice as well. Does anyone know the prices of their models?

By the way, I am 6' 200 lbs.

;) Ron,
Yup! That's the one. It is a good little boat. Floats me well and travels on the water nicely. It only weighs in at 45#, and I don't have to worry about rust from the inside. It's aluminum. I just can't seem to catch my share of fish out of it. Like I said before, if I had the where-with-all, I'd buy the Outcast.
Lotech Joe


Just Another Bubba

I have some experience with those rivers as I have a cabin in Pine CO (mostly the Gunni and Ark) and I've driven by the other two.

I'll be able to see one of the sunrise boats next weekend so I might have more info then, but if it is at all in price range I think you should try and get a look at one...you're not THAT far from where they are made.

I don't know that I'd care about giving up the use of fins for a standing platform
If that means that you wouldn't mind not using it as a kickboat I think you will be sorry down the road. The Ark for one would be a great river to float and fish at the same time, and (except for the use of a drag anchor) you need fins to do that. If it also means that you see some good uses for a standing platform then you should really check out the boat in question.

Far more than the design of the boat is the ability of the oarsman in determining the whitewater rating of a boat. With some skill most boats in the 9 -10 foot range and $500 plus should be able to tackle a class three. One thing to remember is most class threes have an easier route for a boat that is 9 feet long and draws 3 inches of water.

Have fun

Jerry Daschofsky

Staff member
Personally, you have to decide what you truly want out of a boat. There are kickboats, then their are fishing boats. And not just talking the Steelheader series, but the river guide, etc with built in floors. They are basically one man driftboats. Lean bars are NOT needed, unless the boat is unstable or there is a second person rowing where the person fishing is out of control (as in a two man pontoon or a driftboat). But on a one man boat, it should be stable enough to fish standing up without alot of movement. Never had a problem with mine, and I'm known to go for swims. :rofl: Never went for a fall out of a cataraft that wasn't being ripped through a class V.

Yup, alot of the boats out there will handle up to a class III. But is best done with a SKILLED rower. Most guys who run these boats truly don't know how to class rivers in the first place. A solid class III will bounce you a bit, but nothing like moving into a III/IV. Then you'll see guys being flipped, etc.

Funniest thing though, especially with alot of people. You can still use fins with these standing platform boats without a lean bar. I actually had used fins on my old Steelheader (original 9'). I just sat on the standing platform with feet in the water. Then could move up into the rowing if needed (since you don't need both the fins and oars at same time).

I'd say that new Skykomish would be one of the best kickboats that have come out. I actually love the design. I just like actual "fishing" boats, so want a solid frame with a solid floor under me. I never use the kickboat feature on a river. So for me, is a waste. But that's "me". Key is to find exactly what "you" need out of a boat. One thing I always ask people who email me for advice. Funniest thing of all, I probably put more people into outcasts and waterskeeters then any other boat out there. Why? Because they don't need a Skookum type boat.