kbooger wrote:I really like the idea of this boat, how are you liking it? How does it paddle?
I have a beavertail phantom now but am looking for something a bit bigger that I could put a trolling motor on (without much modification).
So far I've only had it out once, and I havent paddled it yet. I have a paddle coming with the kayak bungee stuff I'm adding ($4.95 flat rate shipping from Austin Kayak). I'm lazy when it comes to transportation so the paddle will usually serve as back up and in extremely shallow water. But I suspect it will paddle along nicely as it does have molded in runners and the "V" bow.
I'm not sure how stable the phantom boat is (never messed with any of the Beavertail molded boats) but this isnt quite as stable as I thought it was originally going to be, but I still feel very safe in it. I'm used to my WIDE kara boat that I can put all my weight on one side and climb in, but its just much too heavy to unload and load out of my truck every hunt and especially when I hunt by myself. But I was able to stand up and drive the M98 with the trolling motor like I would my Kara no problem. I think its jut going to be critical to keep the battery centered and I'm good to go.
I have also been talking to an electric guru buddy of mine and he is wanting a square-back canoe for lazy float trips and instead of having a 50-60lb battery we're working on something that should weigh about 12lbs and still have the range and slightly higher voltage than my current battery!