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Old 06-17-2009, 03:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2 Man plastic bass boats - what ya'll think

Hey folks, I'm seriously kicking around the idea of getting a 2 man bass boat, hi-impact ABS (probably a 10 ft model) and wanted some imput from those that have 'em or have used them. I'm leaning toward the Uncle Buck's pond prowler at the moment - from BPS, it seems roomy and has good seats (padded and fold down) without some of the unnecessary things some of the other brands seem to have that make them heavier (live well,etc), and it's $730 which seems fair enough I guess. Any general info about the small plastic boats would be helpfull and appreciated!
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It seems like a decent rig Doug. I read one review that it was too heavy to easily get it loaded easily however?? I'm not sure why it should have been that difficult with it's stated weight being 130 lbs?
I'm not sure how your budget shapes up, but I would also at least take a look at the Twin Troller from Carolina Electric. Very unique and quality product based on all the research I had done last fall.
http://www.carolinaelectricboats.com/
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I hear the Bass Buster is the better choice... http://busterboats.com/
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Pelican makes a good model, and I think that Academy carries them. I had a small two man that I used up on my father-in-laws pond that really was great. It had some wood in it and it finally rotted out, never replaced it. For small bodies of water these two man scampers are this ticket. Don't think you'll go wrong with it, whatever brand you choose
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have had 2 of these. I had a 10' pond prowler that I absolutely loved. Two people, 8 rods, two seats, 3 tackle boxes, trolling motor, and battery would all fit comfortably and we could stand up and fish. They are very stable. Now I have an 8' Pelican that is very nice. A little less room and a bit narrower than the 10' and the floor is not as sturdy where you can stand comfortably like I can in the other but nonetheless perfect for small ponds. As far as weight, I have no problems at all getting to where I want to go or loading or unloading the boat. They are great and I strongly recommend them. The Pelican will cost you a couple of hundred less, but the BPS one is better quality IMO.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a 10' "deluxe" model (wish I could remember which brand) and got rid of it a couple of years ago. I got a great deal on it from a friend and brought it to MI from Northern VA. I found that it worked adequately on very small, still-water set-ups, but was a miserable failure if I used it on even a small lake that had much other boat traffic. I can't tell you how many times I nearly got swamped by jet-ski wakes, ski-boat wakes, and fast-moving pontoon boat wakes. Even a 100 acre lake proved to be too big for this style boat.

Then, somehow, somewhere, the plastic hull sprung a leak and I could never find out the source of the incoming water. I was out with my brother one day on a 265 acre lake and we were dodging the all-sports idiots who delighted in zooming within 15 or 20 feet of our stationary boat at high rates of speed. In the middle of the assaults by a couple of jet skis, I noticed our gunwale seemed to be very low. We limped into dock and found the boat had taken on a ton of water. Literally. It did keep us afloat, but had we been on the far side of the lake, we would have had to abandon the boat near somebody's dock and call for a ride home.

So, my experience is these kind of boats have a limited environment in which they can be used. I am not sold on the safety of these devices.

Get a Porta-bote. You can fold the danged things up and take them anywhere. Can't sink them either.
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My thoughts on these boats is they are best on small bodies of water w/ no gas motors over 10hp allowed. Other wise you find yourself contending with wakes from high speed boats and even a slow moving pontoon boat(which puts out quite a wake). You also have to contend w/ the jet skiers(My favorite Folks), this said they are great for shallow water fishing and are pertty stable too. JMHO
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I have one of those Carolina X10's and have a ball with it. You can see it in my avatar. It is a lot more $$ then you are looking at from BPS but it works for me. I did not have a trolling motor or small gas motor to begin with but I liked the idea of having two trolling motors inside the pontoon area. Most of the time I am by myself so I wait to put in the battery until I have it off my utility trailer. After that you just hook up the pedals and throw in your gear. I have my fishfinder mounted up front and am adding some lights this week for fishing at night. Next I will be adding a LED deck light kit from Bluewater.
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Old 06-17-2009, 05:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cool Beer980.
I've wished I had one many times to do some pond fishing, and get into areas I just can't get to with my boat.
I would love to see pics after you add the BlueWater Kit.
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I have one of those Carolina X10's and have a ball with it. You can see it in my avatar. It is a lot more $$ then you are looking at from BPS but it works for me. I did not have a trolling motor or small gas motor to begin with but I liked the idea of having two trolling motors inside the pontoon area. Most of the time I am by myself so I wait to put in the battery until I have it off my utility trailer. After that you just hook up the pedals and throw in your gear. I have my fishfinder mounted up front and am adding some lights this week for fishing at night. Next I will be adding a LED deck light kit from Bluewater.
It is pretty sweet! I've been out with him in it. Still got to get you on some fish Beer980.....!
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