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UofMontanaAlum
07-16-2007, 03:52 PM
Would this set up work for both rivers and lakes in our area? I am looking for something compact and stable that I can float the rivers and putt around lakes with.

Honda 2hp 4-stroke
http://www.honda-marine.com/modelDetail.aspx?modelGroup=BF2

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Water Skeeter River Tamer
http://www.waterskeeter.com/enlarge/lg_rivertamer.jpg
Do you think the boat would support the weight from the motor and gas tank? Would this boat work well on rivers while generating?
Can I order Water Skeeter boats through LRO (I don't see boats on the website)?

Vern
07-16-2007, 06:51 PM
My Brother owns a TU Boat very simular and he opted for an electric motor for the slow runs. He carries a deep cycle battery and a small electric trolling motor. LRO gave the same boat away a couple of years ago. Orvis carried it, I believe they still do. I am sure LRO can order any Orvis product.

UofMontanaAlum
07-16-2007, 08:15 PM
I looked at the Orvis boats online and they seem to be alittle over-priced for what you get and don't nearly support the amount of weight that the Water Skeeters claim to support. Comparing the Orvis High Ride to the W.S. River Tamer, Max on Orvis is 250lbs and max on W.S. is 450lbs.

I found answers to my engine question and the type of water the boat can handle. After speaking to the W.S. rep, I am fairly sold on their product.

Does anyone have experience fishing from this type of boat?

txbrown
07-16-2007, 09:37 PM
I first experienced fishing from one of these on the Shenandoah River in VA for smallies. We floated most parts of the river from Edinburg to the WVa line over 3 summers. All types of water, skinny, slow, riffles, small rapids. It took about 15 minutes and a small rapids to get comfortable. Seemed awkward at first with my fly rod. My first float lasted 10 hours and I was pumped when we finished. Carried coolers and shore lunch plus more tackle than needed. After that I loved it. It was great in a slow float and with a small anchor you can hold in fairly good flows depending upon the type of boat. You can get them designed for all types of water. After my first trip, I ordered a pack version (44 lbs total) from Creek Co. I have used it on tailwaters, rivers and ponds with great success. Rows easily.

I know 2 people who used trolling motors and motor cycle batteries to keep the weight down. I am not sure about the Honda motor. Better check with manufacturer.

Maurer
07-23-2007, 01:17 PM
I used to own a Water Skeeter Guide Pro 2, the two man version. It was 12 ft long. I had a trolling motor mount that came with it, but never used it. However just from looking at it I don't think it would support a gas motor. I would def check with the manufacturer.

I loved the boat though, and I can tell you that it will float any river in TN with ease, granted you are a proficient rower!

UofMontanaAlum
08-20-2007, 11:57 AM
Well, I got a WaterSkeeter 1-man pontoon used from a guy on SouthEastFlyFishingForums. Its pretty basic and has 8foot toons. Looking at adding a seat swivel, padded seat, large raised storage deck, a fly and spinning rod holder and some small cleats for anchoring. I bagged the gas trolling motor idea although I did some research and found several people online who have had the same engine on an 8ft toon with beefed up motor mounts.

The one I bought is a steel model and it is starting to show signs of rust. I was thinking I might take it to either a powder coater or have it Linex'd.
What do ya'll think about coating the frame? Powder coating can scratch off by hitting a large rock at high speed but Linex weighs alot? What would you do?

Pics after I got her home and washed up:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b24/Elmobile/DSCF1581.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b24/Elmobile/DSCF1578.jpg