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Old 07-17-2016   #1
 
Westminster, Colorado
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Fishing Raft on tight budget.

I went back a couple of years of threads. Still at a lost for a fishing raft. My needs are.
1. Need something light around 100 pounds. I fish a lot by myself an anything heavier is too much to handle.
2. Around 10ft. It needs to be able to transport in a back of a pickup. I tow a travel trailer.
3. Lake fishing as well as I-(light) III rivers.
4. Budget 2500.00
5. Firm bottom a plus. Can you use/add marine plywood?

I'm thinking given the prices of new, buying use.
I did see the Outcast OSG Stryker for $2400. Any thoughts on that?

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Old 07-17-2016   #2
 
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For a one man craft of a budget id consider the Rocky Mountain Rafts Phat Cat. It is 50ish pounds and set up with frame and oars under 100lbs.

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Old 07-17-2016   #3
 
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Forgot to add. Though I fish mainly by myself I need a 2 person.
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Old 07-17-2016   #4
 
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I think this fits the bill...River/FlyFishing 13' Outcast Fishcat-River Ready - Mountain Buzz Gear Swap

not my boat, but a good deal for what you want...
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Old 07-18-2016   #5
 
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Nice boat, good price. But the cat boats are too heavy for my needs. I'm needing something around a 100 pounds.
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Old 07-18-2016   #6
 
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You are not gonna get 2 people on a 10' cat. I would seriously consider a Watermaster Kodiak and just fish solo. Or have your buddy grt one also. Great little boats that let you maneuver with fins or row with oars. Outcast also has 2 offerings in the same category. You'll fish more in a little boat than trying to stretch a small 2 man into a pickup.

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I've built 6 mini fishing boat frames (for trib 9.5, mini me, minimax) 4 of them for me. I learned a lot in the process. I'd skip the outcast boat and build a simple nrs frame (48" seat bar and fishing seat bar only, 8" towers and 7.5-8' oars) and stick it on the trib 9.5. The material is twice as thick as the outcast boat, no janky "frame" and you could build it for the same price and about the same weight. Put a basspto shops plastic quick release swivel on the fishing seat and you can remove the bulkiest item of you kit for travel or storage.

Plus theres a good chance you can find a lot of he stuff used. I never paid more than $1000 for any of the rubber listed above all used from either the buzz or craigslist.

If you have to breakdown for travel (i keep My little frame assembled and transport on the roof rack) Just loosen the 4 corner lopros and its disassembled. I used a Cordless impact driver to assemble frames on the river it makes it a breeze.
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If you are mostly fishing alone get a pontoon or something like it as Osseus said. Two man boats are minimum two man if u want to fish while floating.
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Old 07-18-2016   #9
 
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Yup- a two man fishing boat is a river taxi when you're solo. Anchoring and fishing basically sucks. With a Watermaster you fish all day.

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I know I'm going to get crap for this post, but take a look at this cheap, solid bottom.
Warning it is a Saturn boat.


Saturn Light Inflatable River Rafts. Lowest Prices in USA!
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