The Watermaster is a favorite of ours and it is contributing to a major
reduction in our time spent using traditional pontoons. These boats have
a number of advantages and no major disadvantages. They make two,
single person boats and one two person boat. We do not have much
experience with the 2-person model but it uses the same design features
as the one model boat.
In the market for personal fishing boats, this company has excelled. They have a competitive price and great customer service. We had only seen the boats on their website until the owner visited an Alaskan fishing lodge where we worked as guides. We had the opportunity to test the boats and after the season, a good chunk of the staff invested in one for themselves. Scroll down to read more about their boats.
This Boat is a Great Design Concept
Our favorite thing about these boats is their ability to sneak through narrow channels and slide over shallow water. They are also more portable than a pontoon boat with a frame. The boat has no frame and it packs down into a dry bag with shoulder straps. We have hauled pontoon frames down trails for too many years and this boat is a back saver when it comes to packing into remote territory. In addition to these big advantages, you do not have to park the boat to wade fish. You simply drop your feet and start wading. When it is time to start floating you sit down and grab the oars.
We use the Kodiak but the Grizzly is a great boat as well. The Watermaster Kodiak can handle bigger water and carry more gear. We have loaded up the gear deck and this thing still glides. Both boats have the great oar system that is a major step up for fly fisherman. Your current pontoon probably has oar locks that get in the way of casting. Our line likes to wrap around the oars and it gets annoying. On the Watermaster, the oars lay flush and do not hinder your casting. Having them out of the way makes things that much easier.
This is the only boat in their line that we have not used yet. It is a pretty cool raft that can be packed much easier than most two person rafts. It does use a frame but the frame weighs about the same as a typical one person pontoon frame. The raft is super light and it looks like the perfect boat for cruising with a buddy. The fact that you will never need a trailer and do not need to wait in line at the boat launch gives it a leg up in many situations.
When you invest in a Watermaster, get the accessories or just ask for the full package. The cargo net, anchor system and mesh pocket are accessories that we use on a regular basis. Also get the rod holder and consider a spare oar for long trips through whitewater.
We started using ours in the fall of 2010 and can't wait for the summer to come around. The boat was perfect for fall floats that our drift boat could not handle and it will get plenty of use throughout the next year so expect plenty of fresh pictures. We recommend this boat over just about any pontoon because it is not as clunky and everything is so streamlined and easy to use. It is incredibly comfortable and functional. Click to Visit the Big Sky Inflatables Website
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