The Perfect Fishing Boat
from a discussion on the
Yahoo discussion group
I want to add my 2 bits to the
discussion of the perfect solo fishing boat. I hope you do not
mind if I start with a little history before I actually answer
the basic question. I should also mention that I live in Minnesota
where we have a few nice fishing lakes.
my son was about 8 years old he got interested in fishing. I have
always been a fisherman, but I did not have much time for it while
my kids were in diapers. Now that they had matured a bit, I got
re-interested in fishing and bonding with my young son. I bought
a 14 foot aluminum planing fishing boat with a 9.9 horse Mercury
outboard. The first thing I did was customize the boat by adding
a level plywood floor, comfortable swivel seats mounted on the
bench seats, and a casting platform/trolling motor mount up front.
This worked pretty good for two fishermen and we had a lot of
fun until my son got into high school and lost interest in fishing
and in spending time with dad. I was now a solo fisherman in a
planing boat that was too heavy due to my treated plywood modifications,
and that had a cranky old outboard that seemed to need more attention
each year. I also found the boat very difficult to get in and
out of the water. I was looking for something smaller, lighter,
and that didn't make so much noise.
this time I got interested in boat building. I built a wood strip
canoe to use in the Boundary Waters and I started thinking about
a small wood boat to indulge another new interest, fly fishing.
I built an 8' x 4' dinghy and sold the aluminum monster. I have
been very pleased with the smaller boat. I intended to cartop
the dinghy just like a canoe, but I found that I built the boat
too heavily (again). In addition, it is just about impossible
to pick up a boat that has a four foot beam the way one can pick
up a canoe that has a three foot beam. So I built a small 8 foot
utility trailer to carry the boat. I find that getting this boat
on and off the trailer is a snap compared to the difficulties
I had with the aluminum monster.
put a 35 pound trolling motor on the transom. I find that I can
zip around for about two days on a good marine deep cycle battery.
This size boat is perfect for standing up and fly fishing or casting
to shore. Standing aft of the middle seat, I can just reach the
trolling motor to control my position as I cast to shore. If I
find a good spot, I toss out an anchor. If I want to troll, that
works well also since I normally sit on the middle seat facing
aft in order to be able to reach the motor. The best thing about
a really small boat like this is how well it handles rough water.
It really just bobs like a cork. I do not hesitate to go out in
winds and waves that would have caused my aluminum planing boat
to rock me nearly out of the boat. I do not use a depth finder,
but I see no reason why a transducer could not be mounted on the
transom, or maybe even snugged up on a skeg. As you can tell I
am very happy with my 8' x 4' solo fishing machine. This summer
I added a sail, lee boards, and a rudder, so now I really have
Gary Vander Hart