Row trolling boat

6:45 p.m. on May 6, 2010 (EDT)
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This may not belong here but its worth a shot. I want a boat to row troll for trout with my son. I am looking for a boat with these requirments:

-fit my son and I and some tackle and a small cooler.

-reasonably stable

-set up two or three rods on rod holders

-oarlocks so I can row with two oars.


All of my requirments would work just fine with a 12' aluminum boat except the car-toppable part. Any opinions please chime in.

8:56 a.m. on May 8, 2010 (EDT)
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Adirondack guide boat?

Or if you want to build your own, Pygmy Kayaks' Wine Glass Wherry:

6:42 p.m. on May 13, 2010 (EDT)
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The only boat I can think of would be the inflatable zodiac type.


4:52 p.m. on May 19, 2010 (EDT)
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2:04 p.m. on July 1, 2010 (EDT)
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You just described a john boat. It fits each of your criteria to a T. You can get them down to 10 to 12 feet so they are easily on and off loaded by one person.

1:24 p.m. on July 2, 2010 (EDT)
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they run kind of expensive though!

9:04 a.m. on August 24, 2010 (EDT)
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I dont know if you ever found your row troller, but I think I have what you might want. It is a 14 foot cedar American Trader Row Troller. It is light and will be able to be put on a car top. It weights 85 pounds, has double oar locks, and comes with two sets of leather wrapped oars, and has a capacity of 840#. I also have two very nice antique motors, a mercury and a clinton, both tuned up and running like new. The boat new was about 4500. I am selling it for 2200 plus 200 for either motor. If you havent got a boat yet, you might want to stop in and see it. Sorry I dont have the ability to send photos on the computer, but if you drop me your address, I will mail pictures to you. Thanks, Gene Somers, 7330 logging drive, presque isle, wi 54557

12:37 p.m. on August 26, 2010 (EDT)
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Hey Jackpot21n
Awhile ago there was a post by a member on Native watercraft he had a really cool video of his boat, any way I was so interested with his remarks on the stability and ease to load and launch the craft that I looked further into them, they are designed with the fisherman in mind and they have from what I gather extremely comfortable seating, plenty of space to store gear and coolers, they come in several sizes from single to double configurations and are very stable. I highly recommend that you at least check out this web site for Native watercraft and read some of the many reviews here at, I hope this helps This is the Native watercraft I have been looking at to purchase

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