Originally Posted by ndavis
Thanks for the feedback. I'll do some research on Vanguard rafts. Anyone know anything about the Super Duper Puma?
super duper puma is a great 3 person fishing boat and will handle overnites for three persons depending on the water you run and how you rig the boat. if you want an angler both front and rear on overnights, then the rower really needs to sit on a cooler (as opposed to a tractor seat) or you will be fighting for space. with a table/drop bag across the front for two people to sit on and the rear for gear, this set up will do extended trips for three comfortably.
i wouldn't waste money on floors and bars for standing up to fish on a super or s/d puma, it is not only unecessary but makes it much more difficult to get in and out. standing is for driftboats and people learning to fish/cast. a puma will take you through places that you can't get a drift boat through and if you don't pile tons of extra frame parts on it, you can carry/drag it in or out of places that you can't get a trailer to.
if your a bird hunter or have dogs, rafts are way easier to get dogs in and out of and the boat won't tip from side to side when two dogs go back and forth-which mine always do.
as a fishing guide i have the luxury of being able to justify owning 3 rafts, 2 cats and a drift boat. if i had to own one boat it would be the s/d puma with an nrs frame because of it's versatility and ease of adjustment.