Over the long cold winter we researched many float tubed and pontoon boats. After much consideration, we finally acquired a used Dave Scadden Assault XX Drift boat made by North Fork Outdoors. It's 10 Feet long, has a capacity of 1400 pounds has an integrated oar system and comes with an optional motor mount. The boat weighs about 32 pounds and deflated can fit into a duffel bag for airline or car travel.
We have outfitted our boat with a 2HP yamaha motor and Humminbird 587 CI fish finder. As our prized northern rivers and lakes are still ice laden we decided to take a trial run in some local waters before trout season opens.
We packed up the car and headed to a muddy shallow creek not far from us. Minutes later the boat was inflated and ready to float. We found the boat very easy to control via the oars or by using fins (The fins do take practice, though!). We put our trusty yamaha 2hp motor on the back and the boat handled it well. It seemed to slow down enough at idle for trolling, and were able to get up to about 5mph. Faster speeds are possible, but the boat does get a little harder to control and water spills up over the rear seat area (not a big deal as the seat has drain holes, and was designed to handle this). The idea is to use the motor to get you into remote bays, then stealth drift while fishing the bay with fins.
All in All, I really enjoyed the first few hours on the water with the Assault XX. Soon trout season open and we will be taking our boat to some small back lakes and hope to have many adventures! Please watch the video in HD below.