Monday, October 21, 2013

Comparing the Different Size Pelcian Boats for Added Room and Comfort




 I did a post a couple of years ago about my second go to boat used to fish small ponds and larger streams such as the Caney Fork in Tennessee. The boat I am referring to is my little 8 ft.Pelican boat that Academy Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods sells. There are other outlets that sell this boat, but most have the boat priced above market price. In fact Bass Pro has this boat priced 100.00 above Academy Sports? This size boat is perfect for one fisherman and all the tackle that accompanies he or she, but when another individual is added it becomes a little too crowded. So I have been searching the net for something larger, and I think I have found the perfect solution to the crowded quarters in the boat. Pelican not only makes the 8 ft. but they also have a 10 ft. version.

This is the 10 ft. version, which has more compartments and 1 ½ ft. more floor space and has the handy fold down seats. I know I am going to be dealing with more weight when it comes to handling this boat verses the 8 ft. This boat weights in at 131 lbs. compared to the 8 ft. which weights in at 95 lbs. I feel I could handle the added 36 lbs. because I am only lifting the one end of the boat up to slide into the back of my truck. I think it would be different if I was pulling or trying to carry this boat some distance. As my Grandson gets older I am going to need a bigger boat to carry him and his Dad in a boat that is really stable and floats high in the water. This boat will do just that, especially floating streams and a large tailrace. I am going to make a trip to our local Academy Sports in Birmingham soon to actually see the boat up close and even lift it, before I make my final decision. It always good to plan ahead for the upcoming season. 
 
 
 

11 comments:

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Kevin Frank said...

Those are cool boats. I didn't realize they were that light. I thought there were over 200lbs.

Mel Moore (Pond Stalker) said...

Bill, it would be fun to experience using the 8 footer for me. How does it handle in windy conditions? Is it "tippy"?

I am used to a float tube and brought my two children up fly fishing from a float tube.

Look forward to more from you on what you decide to do.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
These are extremely tuff boats and they float high in the water. I have seen some used on float trips on the Caney Fork. Those individuals were fly fishing using the 10 ft. version. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The 8 ft. which is what I have is very light, stable and floats high in the water. I have used it on windy days on the small lake I fish and found the wind will kick the back end around some. I have no problem with the front of the boat, because of the trolling motor. Check out this post I wrote a while back concerning the wind problem. http://btrussell-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/2011/02/pelican-raider-boat-stabilizer.html thanks for the comment

Howard said...

I've actually seen these in use in Colorado on some of our lakes. Sure looks like fun.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
These little boats are the go to boat in the south for small lakes. Everything right at your finger tips. The fold down seats are something new they have added in the last year. thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Looks like a great fishing platform..

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
I am really impressed with this little boat. thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Bill, I sure hope the 10' works for ya buddy especially with the grandson chasing fish with ya! Great post and happy boat hunting!

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
I think this boat will fit my future needs as opposed to the 8 ft. I have now. thanks for the comment