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   What boat, what Minn Kota, what Hummingbird?
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   Old Thread  #15 18 Sept 2020 at 7.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah didn’t know about the dogs too, no chance in a bic.

I have a 2,5 rigid and that only just fits me and all my kit in it for a 3 day session.

The Raptor would be a good shout they are extremely stable and well made, but as already said mega heavy. There will always be a trade off it’s just a case of trying to find the right boat that ticks as many boxes as possible
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   Old Thread  #14 12 Sept 2020 at 3.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ah that's all really good to hear.

I'll take.all.your advice onboard and hope that it all works out. My main Overriding concern is safety above all else. First off I'll just go with the one dog and see how that works out, fingers crossed that it's all good and then I can take the other one who is a bit of a goon, like he's got ants in his pants.

All of this is for next season. I'm so looking forward to it. None of that messing about with a carp porter. I am fortunate that I can get my two dogs to drag all my gear around, but it'll be really refreshing to punt about in a boat, finding spots and dropping rigs and bait on them
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   Old Thread  #13 10 Sept 2020 at 8.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have a Raptor Fast 2.00 and am very happy with it. The 3.00 X-Wide is heavy though, don't be mistaken. It weighs 53kgs with airdeck and 67 kgs with an aluminum deck (which may be the better option for your dogs). If that's too heavy, the Proline Commando's are far lighter and of similar quality.

Wouldn't worry about the wind in an X-Wide because its a beast. Its width makes it more stable and all your gear and dogs should fit in there. My 2.00 behaves fine on an inland sea. I would definitely buy a boat cover if you intend to leave it there though. Dinghy's do not really tolerate UV-light and mice may have a go at your boat as well, so be careful. Their couch bags are also very good to pack your small bits and save some space, as are their transducer mounts to get your sonar and battery out of the way.

Edit: Dave Lane's boat appears to be some kind of old Fun Yak or something similar. Be sure to check out one of his recent vlogs on Youtube where he tells how he fell out and nearly drowned. To me, that's the downside of these little boats. If you're heading in that direction, you could check out a Porta-Bote. Similar, but lightweight and very easy to transport.
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   Old Thread  #12 10 Sept 2020 at 5.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks for the heads up on the unhooking mats Mark. Really appreciate that tip
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   Old Thread  #11 10 Sept 2020 at 5.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Think I've found a boat that ticks the boxes, a raptor 300 X wide. That might do it. I would prefer a solid boat and I'm able to leave it there, but it's getting it there in the first place that could be tricky. The BIC was never on my radar as it's just far too small.

What are inflatable boats like in the wind, do they get blown about a lot and are you blown around in some chop?

The boat will be used to move from one place to another kit + dogs and then used to find spots once I've dropped the dogs off.

Anyone know what the solid boat Dave Lane has got or uses?
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   Old Thread  #10 10 Sept 2020 at 11.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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All your gear, yourself plus “2 German shepherds” might struggle in a bic 245 😂
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   Old Thread  #9 10 Sept 2020 at 0.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't think its that easy mate. Your first question should really be what you want the boat to be able to do. Every model has its pros and cons. What cruising properties should it have? Maximum weight? Transport? What conditions should it be able to handle (at the least)? Would you trade in safety to bring your dogs? And so on.

Personally I would't go for a fibreglass boat or any other hard plastics or aluminum. Sturdy, yes. But also less maneuverable and responsive, difficult to transport and difficult to store. If you're going to park the boat there permanently, then perhaps its a better option.

You may want to check out those XXL Raptor unhooking mats by the way. 2 dogs will probably fit. You could tow them (some guys even use it as a spare boat)
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   Old Thread  #8 9 Sept 2020 at 4.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ah guys, awesome. Top tips

I plan to take my two dogs with me and I'm wondering how that going to work out.

So, rodbag, bivvy, bedchair, food bag, water, carp porter barrow bag with all my cooking stuff, camera, binoculars, very small tackle bag, batteries for sonar and outboard + 2 dogs German Shepherd size. What do you think, possible all in a 10ft boat?
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   Old Thread  #7 8 Sept 2020 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Personally I wouldn’t buy a min Kota, save your money and purchase a Haswing 55lb or a 1Hp which is brushless and then your batteries will last exceptionally longer. Keep your eyes out for a bic245 when they come up or another boat called a Sniper normally found in a white colour but I see several guys in my syndicate using them.

Personally if it’s for use in the UK I wouldn’t bother with an all bells and whistles fish finder, just get a Lowrance Hook2 x4, the only thing you will probably use it for will be depth anyway and this will do that and it’s cheap.

Life jacket is a must

H-Blocks for when you find a sweet spot on the echo and had a donk about with a donking rod
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   Old Thread  #6 8 Sept 2020 at 5.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i use a bic 245 with bison 40lb thrust outboard and that works perfect for me. 105ah battery lasts enough for a 3 night session, but always take a spare, boat fits on a roof rack. some waters like w2 only allows rigid boats so check your rules. im now using a kettle bell as mud weight rather than an anchor. been using an eagle cuda for last ten years but now upgrading to raymarine dragonfly 5 which will be more than sufficient at not a bad price with chirp tech. aquascope is a must and prodding stick. carp spirit one i bought recently was half the price of others and much lighter than the nash. another tip, i put reflective tape on a feeder target for where im heading back to my swim of a night. h blocks a must and most importantly a life jacket lol.

hope this helps a bit
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   Old Thread  #5 8 Sept 2020 at 9.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #4 7 Sept 2020 at 11.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What kind of boat? A dinghy or a cabin boat?
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   Old Thread  #3 7 Sept 2020 at 10.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thank you John
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   Old Thread  #2 7 Sept 2020 at 10.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have a look at the boat section mate .

http://www.carpforum.co.uk/Shared/Topics.asp?FID=1012
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   Old Thread  #1 7 Sept 2020 at 10.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
So I'll be getting a ticket for a big water over here in the UK. I'm able to use a boat but I'm frazzled by what to.get and wondered if you guys could help out as I've not a really good idea what to get other than it can be no larger than 10ft in length.

I'm also wanting to get a decent sonar, something like the Hummingbird Elements 7 all bells and whistles.

Over to you.
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