IS THAT BOAT HITCHED TO THE RV?
We’ve been canoeing and it’s so much fun on a calm, warm day. It’s great exercise, especially on a windy day (which there seems to be many). And it’s a great way to get around offshore islands. We’ve caught some great fish from our canoe! But oh boy, sitting on an uncomfortable seat, unable to move or shift our bodies without the concern of tipping over, and paddling for hours, sure does hurt our aching backs!
And so…we’ve decided to take the big step and upgrade the canoe to a small, flats boat. Our only hesitancy is towing behind the RV. Right now, we can easily go anywhere in our 25′ van. We can boondock just about anywhere. If we get the boat, we’ll be an additional 20′ longer. We talked about it a lot and decided the pros outweigh the cons by a mile. And Cary’s thinking if when we get home, we upgrade the engine to a 150hp, this light boat will fly out of the water for water skiing and wake boarding!
We’ve been looking at the one in the picture (and others) and we hope to work out a deal. This one is a 17′ Key West and comes equipped with a separate trolling motor, dagger anchor system, 20′ pole for propelling the boat over shallow waters…sneaking up on the fish without the engine running.
Flats boats are great for shallow water fishing. We can fish in waters that are less than one foot deep. The boat is also setup for fly fishing which is super cool! It has flat decks in the front and back and platforms to stand up on high above the water for spotting fish and for using a fly rod without catching it on anything.
Update: We found the perfect boat! 21′ Carolina Skiff. We started out on Jan 20, 2023. It’s now a month later and towing the boat has been ez-peezy! Launching it has been smooth, as well. It’s a total game changer! We LOVE it!!! We are going places and distances we could never go before! We have a trolling motor for shallow waters! No more aching backs! A live well to keep our shrimp and fish alive! The storage is great! And we keep it anchored off of our campsites. But best of all, Jamie’s fear of alligators on the shoreline is completely gone!!!