My next boat?

Rob Ast

Active Member
#1
So I sold my 8' springcreek pram as it was just a little small for myself and my 6-year old daughter (heck, as I am 6'4" it was a little small for just me). I'm trying to decide what my next lake boat is, and looking for ideas. 10 ft pram? 12ft aluminum skiff? Mini-drifter? Looking for pros/cons, other ideas. Also hoping for more eyes to help me spot a good deal.

Rob
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#2
Rob, how much do you wish to branch out water wise? A drift boat set up to add/remove a kicker is a pretty versatile boat. Even of you go that hybrid drifter. Its not perfect for everything, but can handle a lot of situations.
 

Rob Ast

Active Member
#4
Jerry,

Probably looking for a rigid hull rather than inflatable as I would feel more comfortable with my daughter in that than in something with an open floor. However my rowing skills will probably mean I will not be venturing into anything too difficult on moving water in this craft. Inflatables certainly would open up more family floats on moving water, but a boat big enough to float the whole family and gear is bigger than I want for the small lakes we tend to fish. Its always that dilemma of what am I really going to use it for.

Rob
 

Jerry Daschofsky

Moderator
Staff member
#5
Jerry,

Probably looking for a rigid hull rather than inflatable as I would feel more comfortable with my daughter in that than in something with an open floor. However my rowing skills will probably mean I will not be venturing into anything too difficult on moving water in this craft. Inflatables certainly would open up more family floats on moving water, but a boat big enough to float the whole family and gear is bigger than I want for the small lakes we tend to fish. Its always that dilemma of what am I really going to use it for.

Rob
I posted up on another thread in the Watercraft forum. They do have the hybrid I was talking about. Pretty nice alternative. Plus, if you want to venture onto rivers once your rowing improves, you can still use it as such. Want to say it's called the Powerdrifter by Willie (and Alumaweld has one too). Pretty nice boats if you want only one boat. Nice hybrid between a driftboat and a traditional jon boat/deep V.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#7
Rob,
A 1032 or 1232 Jon boats are a pretty inexpensive yet versatile craft for lake fishing.
A ton of different companies produce them. Not real heavy and will easily handle you and your daughter.
Jon boats always have decent resell value if you ever want to upgrade again.
SF
 

BDD

Active Member
#8
If money is no object, I'd be looking hard at a 10' Koffler pram or something similar. Love my 10' glass pram but they are hard to find.
 

bigdood

fishing hack
#11
Rob, how much do you wish to branch out water wise? A drift boat set up to add/remove a kicker is a pretty versatile boat. Even of you go that hybrid drifter. Its not perfect for everything, but can handle a lot of situations.
I like this idea (mostly because I've been toying around with the idea of picking up a DB), but also take a look at the smaller Duroboats, Smokercraft Alaskans, etc.
 
#12
Be sure to keep in mind the lakes you fish. For myself, ( 6'1 280lbs) and my 10 year old son, my 10' Fish Rite aluminum pram is absolutely perfect. I've taken two kids and two adults, and while crowded, it was managable. The downside to this particular boat, is getting it down into our favorite local lake. It's doable, and I can even do it by myself in a pinch, but it's not super enjoyable. The blue raft that Ed and I passed back and forth a couple times was MUCH better for that particular lake. All in all though, I think for 2 people for stillwaters, it's hard to go wrong with a 10' pram. (I took my pram out in the salt several times this past silver season with zero issue. Also wouldn't hesitate to put it in a slower river... )
 

Rob Ast

Active Member
#13
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Right now I'm thinking something in the 10-12 foot aluminum range is probably going to do it. Not sure if I want more skiff-style and larger (requiring a trailer) or a John boat/pram which may allow me to go shorter and maybe still truck bed it. Of course if I stumble across the right glass or wood boat they might still get the nod.
 
#14
Rob, I have two girls 6 and 9, and wanted the ability to take them on both lakes and easy moving water, and after much much research I went for a Koffler 13' Rocky Mountain Trout Boat. http://www.kofflerboats.com/rmt-boats/ . If it weren't for the girls I would have probably got a rubber boat for the versatility. But the aluminim has the easier ability to put in blankets, books, dolls, lay on the floor, take a nap, stay dry...you get the pick. You don't find these used very often, but it is a GREAT boat.
Mike
 

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