fishing boat / with pop up

Discussion in 'Canoeing / Kayaking, Boating, & S.C.U.B.A.' started by momoney, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. momoney

    momoney New Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    "Yo" "ho" pop top owners I would like any recomendations on a portable boat with small motor that would be safe to use with two adults ( 140 lbs each )and small child( 40lbs ). in calm waters ,something inflatable like a zodiac ,light enough to mount on top of pop up or suv or maybe with a slide mount for suv? for fishing.something maybe with electric motor, not to heavy to hall around. What are you dudes any ideas on a nice combo? thanks for any advice in advance.

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  2. Tourdejoe

    Tourdejoe Guest

    Wha' ho, pilgrim. You might consider a canoe. There are many models that you can mount a samall motor to. Old Town and Mad River offer these options.

    I'm a proponent of racking the boat to the TV. I feel it gives you a lot more options.

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  3. pjbellue

    pjbellue New Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Sunland, CA
    Hey Dan, I am lookin at the same idea, a small aluminum fishing boat like they have at lakes.

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  4. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

    Jun 5, 2005
    Sarasota, Florida
    We use a canoe, with an external Electric motor. We try to paddle as much as possible, but 8 hours down the Myakka River is too much, especially against the tide. We got the canoe and motor from Old Town. The only thing extra is the battery, and we use a deep cycle 'motorcycle' sized battery to keep the weight down. A solar panel will charge the battery, but we often use a Sears charger if we are out for several days. We figured out a mod for putting the canoe on the PU roof, and keep the motor and battery in the PU when traveling.

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  5. momoney

    momoney New Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    thanks for the tip , I did not think of putting a electric motor on one ? great ( much lighter the a metal fishing boat ) I will check it out old town? I guess that"s a web site ?

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  6. LynnAllen02

    LynnAllen02 Active Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    Long Island, New York
    A manufacturer, but yes they have a web site, and then you find a dealer that sells you the boat.


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  7. jaydog

    jaydog New Member

    May 8, 2007
    Just bought a 55 # Minn Kota Maximum for my 12' boat and it is awesome. We can go out all day on one charge of a group 27 battery and it has enough power to move the boat with ease. You can't beat Minn Kota and Old Town, they are the best in the industry.

  8. Wannafishmore

    Wannafishmore New Member

    Sep 23, 2007
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  9. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    Granger, IN
    We have a canoe, but there are several members of the Great Lakes Pop Up Club who have an inflatable boat like these:

    Steve& Deb (the boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
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  10. Fly

    Fly New Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    I have a "canoe boat" by Radisson that I carry on top of the popup and sometimes use a small Evinrude gas motor with it. Certainly not made for big waters but does great for small lakes and floating down-river fishing trips.

    Scroll down to the bottom where it has the wide transom models and check out the 14' - weighs in at 56 lbs and can carry 614 lbs. - easy to load and a good fishing boat ... I've had one for ten years.


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  11. D-mo

    D-mo New Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    I think I should chime in for the Raddison as well, however I have a 'sportspal' which is essentially the same boat. I hesitate to say canoe, because all my buddies with canoes just hate my sportpal - and I really dont know why - its prefect for us. Its one of the best small crafts to flyfish or fish out of, extremely light and stable, and comes with oars/paddles and oarlocks and an external motor mount. I power mine with a 36lb thrust Minn-K .. which pushes it along at about 10 km per hour.
    Fishing from it is a dream (if you like to fish) because it is extremely quiet in the water due to the foam liner.


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  12. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

    Mar 13, 2007
    Whats wrong with a couple of Wilderness System Pungo 120s. The cockpit on those are big enough for an adult and a small child sitting infront of you!!! Much lighter than a canoe or aluminum boat. Some folks have even rigged them with a trolling motor attached to the back of them and put the battery behind the seat.

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  13. haroldpe

    haroldpe Campin' Engineer

    Mar 21, 2004
    Adamsville, MI
    We opted for a canoe as well (Wenonah), only kevlar (37 lbs), which makes it easy for one person to load and unload, carry down and up slopes, etc. For now, I have left the trolling motor on the motor boat.

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  14. Pop-Along

    Pop-Along New Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    We have a 10 foot aluminum jon boat that weighs only about 70 lbs. I had a canoe for a while, but after tipping over while fishing with a buddy, opted for something a little more stable. (Lost my best fishing pole!) The jon boat is very stable, and now that I have two small boys, it makes more sense. An electric motor pushes it just fine. I have racks on the PUP that support the boat, but I believe the foam pads would work well if you don't have racks. Good luck and let us know what you get.

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  15. peter moyes

    peter moyes Active Member

    Feb 6, 2018
    i was gonna buy a zodiac typ boat ,to haul on my pop up roof rack ,,but i got a good deal on a nice 10ft RIB BOAT ,its to heavy for the roof rack 140lbs ,i will just deflate it enough to fit in my truckbed ,,be very careful ,but buying a used inflatable will get you a good deal ,on a name brand ,like brig, avon, zodiac harbour craft etc ,,they are amazing craft i love them

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