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6/23/07 10:02 PM
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white belt
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Edited: 23-Jun-07
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He guys feel free to add any small boats as a heads up for other guys who are looking. I was looking for a small boat to fish trout in. It had to be big enough for myself and my 2 small children and occasionally my wife too. Because kids don't hold still too well I got an inflatable. Price/Quality etc led me buy a Walker bay Odyssey 340 air floor. http://www.walkerbay.com/products/odyssey_air.php Here is an american Supplier with a good price. http://www.stevestonmarine.com/product_detail.php?id=31643
6/23/07 10:11 PM
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First trip out I pointed something ut to the kids only to have both of them jump to my side of the boat to see it. Pretty sure that would have dumped my old aluminum. Costco also has a couple nice little fishing boats. Price includes shipping. http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|111|57266&N=4018901&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=60928&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&topnav=
6/23/07 10:14 PM
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West marine also has a nice tiny punt for $600 http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SiteSearchView?dispName=Boats%20_%20%20Motors&jspStoreDir=wm51&catalogId=10001&Ntt=Rigid+Dinghies&N=377+710+879&langId=-1&page=CategoryDisplayLevel1&omniTag=Category%3aRigid+Dinghies&storeId=10001
6/25/07 12:29 AM
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I've been thinking about making a little flyfishing pram with the stitch and glue method of construction using marine plywood. But I keep seeing the odd walker bay 8, or other little job cheap. I really like a flatbottom for the type of fishing I will be using it for.
6/25/07 12:31 AM
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These boats are quite highly regarded; http://www.springcreekprams.com/
6/25/07 10:05 AM
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This brand was the most stable fly fishing boat I have ever used. Thet are not light weight though due to the twin hull, not bad but not like an aluminum. Lots around used. http://www.livingstonboats.com/boats_75.asp
7/19/07 4:52 AM
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Edited: 19-Jul-07
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I just won an ebay auction for a new 10 ft inflatable with aluminum floor. paid just over 500$ It's pvc, so won't last more than 8 years probably, but great prices. It's a dealer in canada and I think he is just going for quantity selling and can afford to make less on each boat. They retail for around a thousand and he is selling sometimes a dozen a week with no reserve. I love flat bottomed boats as well. I couldn't go back to an aluminum after fishing in a zodiac for a summer. Great for fly casting in wind.
7/29/07 1:27 PM
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Here is one from my area that is highly regarded. http://www.spratleyboats.com/index.htm
8/30/07 3:51 PM
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Edited: 30-Aug-07
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Those prams look like what we call john boats
8/31/07 1:47 PM
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Similar, a true jon boat seems to have a lower rise, and narrower profile. I think a jon will float in less water compared to a pram, but the pram should be more stable to stand in. A jon with it's low sides is great for a hunter whose dog has to climb in and out after retrieving. Both are classic stillwater flatbottom designs, I would be happy to fish from either really.
9/2/07 10:43 PM
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Edited: 02-Sep-07
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check out native watercraft ultimate 14.5

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