Originally Posted by 2fish
That mini max looks sweet for a fishing rig!
the mini max probably isn't the best for your only boat, but for day floats, tight rivers/put ins I love it. I have a 13.5 footer for my larger boat, which you need for overnights or three fishermen, but you can't beat a 50# raft with a 45# frame when carrying it in and out of the Blue or other tight rivers. I originally got the mini for the few times when I take my 70 year old pops or my wife with a bad back fishing, so I could set up/ move/ launch the boat myself, but I ended up using the mini 2 to 1 compared to my bigger boat this year. While you always need a 3 person boat, I probably fish with two people 90% of the time.
I am not sure if it is the narrow width, or the continuous rocker, or the diminishing tubes, but I find it way easier to control/row the mini than my larger boat (even though it drafts more than the bigger boat). I can hold the mini in most any hole my fisherman asks me to. Not drift boat performance but better than my bigger raft.
another nice plus, is how easy the boat makes it to fish rivers like the Green in UT or the San Juan in NM that are a long ways away. I just pack the mini in the trunk,with the and oars on top, rig in the parking lot, and just throw the sub 100# complete raft on the roof rack to shuttle it up and down the river. so much easier than trailering a boat for some 400 miles each way. I have the setup dialed to the point that I can rig and inflate in the same time it takes my other buddies to unload the trailer park it, etc.