Personal watercraft with a dog question

bjkhred

no longer new to board
#16
My 80# golden did amazing in the Outcast OSG Commander and my old Watermaster. The commander tracked much better with a big dog in the back though. And it handles bigger water better. Good luck!
 
#17
My 80# golden did amazing in the Outcast OSG Commander and my old Watermaster. The commander tracked much better with a big dog in the back though. And it handles bigger water better. Good luck!

That would be my one minor complaint with the Watermaster...with zero rocker and the somewhat blunt front end it can be a little slow...friends in pontoons will literally blow me away while I toodle along, especially with a load.

Watermaster also appears to have an upgraded seat option...which would be worth seriously considering if you go that route. As far as big water goes...I've never had any concerns with it in that realm.
 
#18
Last year when I was in BC I rowed my buddies Grizzly around, and it definitely felt slow as hell. Until I saw the assaults I figured I'd deal with it. The assaults look faster and able to carry more gear. Just as compact too. So many good options out there. I've got to contact Scadden, heard their build times can be long. Hoping I find what I need second hand before I've got to go that route.

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ScottD

Active Member
#19
I have the assault XX. on a lake I can row or kick with fins two people (total) and my 65lb dog. with winds over ~20mph it does get to be a bit of work. My dog can fit behind me or up on the bow.
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Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#21
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I prefer to use a lighter weight dog to properly trim my Renegade as well as my new Predator - as long as he doesn't fall in and turn into a thrashing fish scaring mondo size woolleybugger. Brando hates to stay home and loves the pontoons!;
 
#22
Last year when I was in BC I rowed my buddies Grizzly around, and it definitely felt slow as hell. Until I saw the assaults I figured I'd deal with it. The assaults look faster and able to carry more gear. Just as compact too. So many good options out there. I've got to contact Scadden, heard their build times can be long. Hoping I find what I need second hand before I've got to go that route.

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The Kodiaks have a "pointier" front end than the Grizzly and a bit more weight capacity. I do really like my Watermaster Kodiak...you'll find each and every personal watercraft has pros and cons. In my opinion, the Watermaster comes really close to being ideal for me. While I do sometimes envy the speed, comfort, and height of the single-man pontoons, when I find myself helping a friend load his frame or lugging his boat down to the water, I remember why I went for the Watermaster.
 

PT

Physhicist
#25
My lab rides on the back of my WM Kodiak easily. Just remember, more rocker to your boat the deeper you'll draft. WM drafts very little water which is nice for skinny water.
 

PT

Physhicist
#27
When I had my dog on the back of my framed boats, I'd move the frame forward to balance the boat. I see a lot of people on the water with their boat riding like the one above and it's an easy adjustment if you want your boat to ride level.
 

PT

Physhicist
#28
Hell, if he can fit on the back of this then there's no reason not to put him on the back of any watercraft.... ;)

There's a story behind the pic and no he doesn't go down the road with me.

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#29
Hahaha, no goggles or helmet? I made my descision and ordered a NFO Assault XX. It may be a bit big, but it will do everything I need it to and stil break down in my car. Can't wait to try it out.