Clackacraft vs. Hyde...what to buy?

TrappedinCO

Help! I'm trapped in a landlocked state.
#31
They are pretty to look at...but they are also tough, durable, light, repairable, easy maintenance. Good stuff.

Oh, and I'm not trying throw wood on the fire from the original question. Just one guy's opinion who has been in the same boat (sorry) as the original poster. I'm not trying to ignite a my-widget-is-better-than-your-widget argument.
 
#32
There is another alternative in Watershed Boats (http://www.watershedboats.com but as many have said, a lot of it boils down to personal preferences. I've either owned or rowed about everything out there, including catarafts, rafts, wooden, glass, and aluminum drift boats, and a few things I can share about Watershed Boats: IMHO they are easily the best handling boat I've ever rowed (including Clack's and Hyde's). The interiors are the most innovative and well thought out in the industry, and they easily have the strongest hull on the market. Check them out and call Rick Atwood (owner-number on website) if you'd like to row one. Unfortunately I have mine for sale as I need the funds for my business but will have them build me a new boat this summer.
 
#36
Thanks for letting us know what you decided Willybethere!
what color combo are you gettting?
be sure to post a pic of your new boat for us when you get it!

be sure to get a few extra plugs, an extra anchor and rope
get the best oars you can afford and get a cover. also
get a full set of mats.

jason:thumb:
 
#37
Mats are included and I went with the standard oars (including break down spare) for now. The cover is being shipped to Portland from ID Falls tomorrow and I am planning on getting some extra plugs as well as the anchor pully to ease on the anchor retreive. I already own an anchor.

The color is midnight blue on stern, black stripe and white bow. Also with matching midnight blue parts on interior with gray. I also ordered the galvanized trailer, spare tire w/mount and the tongue wheel jack.

I will post a pic when I can find my camera...I moved last weekend and have NO idea where anything is.
 
#38
Mats are included and I went with the standard oars (including break down spare) for now. The cover is being shipped to Portland from ID Falls tomorrow and I am planning on getting some extra plugs as well as the anchor pully to ease on the anchor retreive. I already own an anchor.

The color is midnight blue on stern, black stripe and white bow. Also with matching midnight blue parts on interior with gray. I also ordered the galvanized trailer, spare tire w/mount and the tongue wheel jack.

I will post a pic when I can find my camera...I moved last weekend and have NO idea where anything is.
My friend on the madison has the same colorway only on a 15"LP, great looking boat, congrats!
 
#39
Color was the most difficult decision for me, the rest was a no brainer.

Initially I was going with the Red stern and parts but changed it at the last minute because you see so many with Red. I have yet to see one in person with my color combo, so good to hear it looks good!
 
#40
congrats Willy! that is a sweet color combo!
i almost bought that same color set up.

you always want a spare anchor, in case you
have a smart buddy like i do :beathead:
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11380&ppuser=5351

you get caught in rock are like the rock garden
on the yak. sometimes you have to cut your line.....
that also means getting an extra anchor rope too!

look at this pic.... and you see why
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11379&ppuser=5351

here are some pics of when i picked up my boat last year, it was a lot of fun to go get it
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11175&ppuser=5351
http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11390&ppuser=5351

don't cry when you hit your first rock or scratch the crap out it!
i might even suggest when you get it home, take a screw driver and key it
just to get that experience out of they way (that was a joke)

Jason

by the way, the funniest thing i've ever seen in my life was my buddy learning to back up a trailer to
launch the boat! :rofl: :rofl:
 
#41
ok, ok...add a spare rope to my list!

How will my boat every get a scratch if it never leaves my garage ;-) I've been through this with two previous boats, and yes, I am not looking forward to that first rock.

I think we have the same buddy who can't back up a boat.

Thanks for sharing the pics.
 

Bill Dodd

Bill's in a time out.
#42
Picking up my 2007 16LP in Portland this Saturday!

Sounds great your going to love your Clackacraft.
It was a Saturday just over a year ago that we made the trip down to Clackamas.
Did I mention Clacka Loaned me a used boat for a month while I was waiting for mine to be built.
I have not heard that about Hyde yet..

Enjoy your boat and don't worry about the scratches they will come in time.
You have picked the colors I went with at first and changed to Midnight Blue, Charcoal grey, and white.
The Kid that stores his boat next to mine has your colors too..
Way cool have fun, fish on. see you on the rivers.

Bill Dodd.

:)
 

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