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Going From Canoe To Mini Bass Boat-- Which One?

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I've been looking into basshunter ex and bass raider 10e. I never fish alone so the 8' ers are out of the question. It basically needs to carry myself, my wife and our elderly black lab.

Another question I have is will any of them fit between the wheel wells of my Toyota Tacoma?

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The bass hunter i had would fit just fine in the bed of my chevrolet silverado.. Not sure if they a close to the same dimentions or not. I would recommened the bass hunter since thats the one i had but i'm sure the other companies make quality products also. There will not be much room for gear with 2 adults and a dog. Hope it likes to sleep and remain motionless :laugh5:

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The dog is old. We often have to hold a mirror under his nose to see if he's still breathing or not.

Other than the three of us it's going to be two rods and a tackle box. Nobody puts one in a Tacoma?

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I also forgot to mention that we do a lot of camping with our popup camper. The canoe always rides fine strapped down on the tailgate as it clears the camper by a lot. I would assume that the raider/hunter would as well, but I'm wondering if anyone takes a Raider/Hunter camping?

Thanks

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I know the coleman version of the bass raider/hunters fit into the back of a Tundra....if that helps!

Jeff

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I know the coleman version of the bass raider/hunters fit into the back of a Tundra....if that helps!

Jeff

Do you ride it up on the tailgate? It's really important that the boat and the popup both make the trip.

BTW, the Tundra is a beautiful machine. The Tacoma gets the gas mileage that I need, however.

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For what it's worth you might take into consideration the durability of a plastic boat. I know a lot of guys on here fish them and probably have good tips on making them last but no matter what you do with them they won't last longer than an aluminum johnboat, which is also a lot lighter and about the same price. I have a 12' johnboat that I can lift over my head and carry on my own that holds 2 people and a big tacklebag and several rods with no problem. Plastic boats aren't light either, I'm not a little guy and it was a workout on any ramp with much of an incline to get it into the back of my truck. Mine was a 9' Pond Prowler and it fit between the wheel wells of my S-10. Not trying to talk you out of it, I fished out of a 2 man for several years, until it got weathered and started to fall apart and take on water in the pontoons, then I got the johnboat.

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I'm going to chime in with my two cents worth. Maybe worth less (worthless).

Our daughter has one in the tiny pond in her back yard, and I love fishing from it, but.............

With two folks, a dog, and a tackle box, I'm not sure how it will handle a chop. It is definitely more stable than a canoe, but a canoe can comfortably and safely go into a chop. I suspect that a Raider, Hunter, Pelican, etc., will take a lot of slop over the bow should the wind kick up from the opposite shore..

While it should not sink, it could be quite disconcerting.

Another thing to consider. There is nothing easier than landing/lipping a fish from a canoe (or possibly a kayak). While I have no problem landing fish in my daughter's Bass Hunter, it's definitely easier in my canoe.

Different hull styles in boats are a series of compromises. Gain something here, give up something there. Each has its pros and cons. There is no "one size fits all".

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IMO, I would not get a mini-bass boat for your application. Consider a Gheenoe I used one for duck hunting and put it in the back of my Nissan Frontier no problems! I currently own a River Hawk Predator SS150 and love it, I used it this past season for numerous duck hunts and carried three men and three full decoy bags no problem. The Gheenoe was a tad bit heavier, but more stable.

http://www.gheenoe.net/

http://www.oldtownca...ator_ss150.html

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Do you ride it up on the tailgate? It's really important that the boat and the popup both make the trip.

BTW, the Tundra is a beautiful machine. The Tacoma gets the gas mileage that I need, however.

Yes it was riden up on the tailgate. It was a 10 footer and the bed of my tundra(double cab) is only 6.5. And any self respecting truck owner know that tailgates down cause rock chips to the tailgate, and I am not about to let that happen!

Jeff

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I must not be self respecting, or at least I was until a bull cow did a number on the side of my nice, shiny, black truck after that I realized it was just a TRUCK!

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I must not be self respecting, or at least I was until a bull cow did a number on the side of my nice, shiny, black truck after that I realized it was just a TRUCK!

And while it is just a truck, it is like all other things(boat, rods, reels), the better you take care of it, the longer it lasts!

Jeff

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Another reason for the switch is that, in addition to the other reasons listed, comfort. The canoe gets very uncomfortable after a couple hours. This, in addition to having to paddle between point a and point b, makes fishing in the canoe not as fun as it could be. We have an Old Town with sit-backer seats which we've tried to make more comfortable with not much luck.

We've really made up our minds to buy a small bass boat. I basically would like to know if it will ride nicely along with the popup camper. I'm hoping that it will fit between the wheel wells of my tacoma and ride on the tailgate.

As I said before, our dog is not a factor as far as moving/being active as he's old and just loves to sleep while on the water. The three of us combined weigh about 375-380.

The Bass Raider 10e is available from Dicks for $599.00 It seems like a good deal, no?

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I have the Raider 8 footer, it fits between the wheel wells of my 2004 dodge dakota. I don't know if the 10 footers are wider or not.

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http://www.springcreekprams.com/?page_id=59

I had one of these for a while, I fished it at some pretty stupid times on Lake Champlain and I never felt that I was going to die. Super stable, conduit that allows you to run the TM cable to the rear seat (flips up and that's where you put the battery). Not cheap but pretty sweet AND fits in Tacoma with the gate down. Easy to launch with a single person too.

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My 10E fits perfectly between the wheel wells on my 94 F150, perhaps you can measure an F150 well distance and compare to your Tacoma.I leave the tailgate down and strap it in for highway driving. If your wife fishes, it is going to be tight with the two of you and the dog. Maybe ok if she doesn't fish and is just along for the ride, you can move her seat well to one end or the other. No insult implied but...if the dog being elderly means you might be also, well let's just say they are easier to get out of the truck than they are to get in. You can do it yourself, but it is a little awkward. Good luck!

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IMO, I would not get a mini-bass boat for your application. Consider a Gheenoe I used one for duck hunting and put it in the back of my Nissan Frontier no problems! I currently own a River Hawk Predator SS150 and love it, I used it this past season for numerous duck hunts and carried three men and three full decoy bags no problem. The Gheenoe was a tad bit heavier, but more stable.

http://www.oldtownca...ator_ss150.html

I'm an Old Town 150ss owner and big fan as well.

I fish from it all day - standing, so stability is not an issue.

This model has a 40" beam.

A-Jay

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My 10E fits perfectly between the wheel wells on my 94 F150, perhaps you can measure an F150 well distance and compare to your Tacoma.I leave the tailgate down and strap it in for highway driving. If your wife fishes, it is going to be tight with the two of you and the dog. Maybe ok if she doesn't fish and is just along for the ride, you can move her seat well to one end or the other. No insult implied but...if the dog being elderly means you might be also, well let's just say they are easier to get out of the truck than they are to get in. You can do it yourself, but it is a little awkward. Good luck!

My wife and I are in our mid 40s, not quite elderly yet. Our dog is 10 and very inactive 70 lbs or so. My wife and I both fish, the dog basically just sleeps and makes bodily noises.

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