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Re: For those who float...

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Thanks again, everyone, for the advice.

I think I am going to wait for now to make a purchase, and save up some cash to get a more rugged boat. The main reason I was attracted to the boat in the original post was the price tag and the fact that I had $115 in Cabelas rewards. I am taking a trip to Colorado next month, so I am spending a good bit of my play money on that right now.

The Scadden Assault line looks really nice though. I was on the Yough on Saturday and couldn't help but think how nice a boat would have been to cover some water.

If anyone is doing a float trip any time soon, and has room or equipment for an extra, I'd love to tag along. I can buy a couple rounds afterwards at the very least.

Posted on: 2013/8/6 15:12


Re: For those who float...

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Sandfly,
How small do these type of pontoons breakdown?

How long does it take to go from broken down to fully inflatable and ready to fish?

Posted on: 2013/8/9 16:28


Re: For those who float...

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You can deflate / roll up the pontoons and they'll fit into a rubbermaid tub. 4 pins, 2 minutes and you can have the frame in the trunk of a compact car. Less than 30 minutes to set up and launch. 15 minutes to breakdown at the end of the day.

Posted on: 2013/8/10 7:06
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I've owned a Creek Company toon for almost 10 years and it has held up very well. I will not use it on any river with more than class 2 rapids. I don't fish the Yough so I have no idea what you'd be dealing with, I fish mostly still waters and low flow Susquehanna North Branch which is pretty tame, I would NOT attempt the Lehigh.

I've biked it and actually backpacked it a couple times, no leaks and no problems.

Just wanted to add that their toons are very good quality, with limitations certainly but still very good, and they have parts for everything at reasonable prices.

I'm curious if krayfish ever owned a Creek Company toon and if so what his opinions were on them.


Posted on: 2013/8/19 16:24


Re: For those who float...

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HD,

I'm pretty sure the Yough is a bit more violent than the Lehigh. He's going to need a pretty sturdy boat for out there.

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Re: For those who float...

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Creek Company and Buck Bags are garbage in my opinion. I have saw both brands blow tubes on their very first float. In fact I saw one of those brands blow tonight on the Bighorn. Tried to help the guy out but it was shot.

Posted on: 2013/8/20 2:34


Re: For those who float...

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I've helped PhilC load his bucks bags and it seems pretty solid. I'd chalk the blow out you witnessed to operator error (aka check your pressure once in a while).

Only blowout I've seen was w/ creek company. They don't seem very sturdy.

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I have had zero issues with my Bucks Bags since '05. Beeber had a bladder leak once but that was b/c how it was strapped to the trailer and the zipper unzipped and caught the bladder. Bucks have the only stainless frames, which are heavier but can be repaired if it it breaks...Kray can tell you what happens to a toon flying off the trailer at 70 mph, and that Scadden is RIP since welding aluminum is very difficult if not impossible depending on the break.
I finally installed the standing platform on my Bucks this year which makes my Bronco like their Henry Fork model...it was more sturdy than the Scadden platform but its permanent (which would be an issue if you might hit a rock, it also rides close to or in the water sometimes), it makes it heavy, and requires allen keys/extra times to disassemble. If I could start over I would prolly get a Scadden for the superior platform alone...but while we're at it, I'll stir the pot and say D. Scadden learned everything he knows while working for Buck Bags except how to provide good customer service

Posted on: 2013/8/20 10:58


Re: For those who float...

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Quote:

krayfish wrote:

Only blowout I've seen was w/ creek company. They don't seem very sturdy.


I remember that one. The one I saw on the Bighorn yesterday was a real PITA because he had about 5 miles left on the float. FWIW, the toon that did not burst was not overly full. Could have been a fluke.

Posted on: 2013/8/20 11:13


Re: For those who float...

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Dear Phil,

Please be careful. You are walking a thin line very close to slander. You might end up with the Northfork Mafia knocking on your door. :)) Actually the flying pontoon has been repaired thanks to DaveS and a skilled welder. I've floated with Tom since the repair and it's almost like the boat is bionic...stronger and faster. I haven't used your boat w/ the platform but can't believe the platform is any better than what's on my boat. That Bronco Extreme is 11' long and has 2 bladders in the cover. If one ruptures, inflate the other and keep on trucking. Neat idea but it's not cheap.

jdad,

When Brandon's boat blew, it was in the middle of a slow deep section. I was borrowing his lighter and we were bs-ing......BOOM. We couldn't find a mark on the cover where he might have hit something but it just failed. I don't care for the nylon or cloth covers. They claim they are stronger but the only toons I've seen pop were cloth.

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Re: For those who float...

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Kray once we trade for that trolling motor (wink) I'm gonna turn my boat to Robotoon. Standing platform, troller and all...but with the cooler it will probably weigh as much as a john boat haha

Posted on: 2013/8/20 12:53


Re: For those who float...

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Planer boards and spinning rods. You can troll plugs for walleye if the trouts are playing nice. LMAO

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Re: For those who float...

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Any of you guys looking for a steal, found this on craigslist this afternoon.

Decent boat for starter boat, trolling motor, rod holder AND A freaking aluminum trailer.....$450

http://allentown.craigslist.org/boa/4014018863.html






Posted on: 2013/8/26 20:05
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