When a unique opportunity presents itself take advantage of it. That is the logic I've come to live by. I had already put this trip on the calender. I had recently purchased a new Outcast Stealth Pro to replace my old pontoon. Then opportunity hit! A friend says "I have a boat very similar to the Stealth Pro. Your welcome to borrow it anytime." Hmmmm!
|Mike in the Stealth Pro at ET Rock|
We pushed through a lot of water that first float day. Many of these pools are like small lakes. Much of this water could only be fished from some type of craft. We didn't spend much time fishing it because we really were only equipped to swing or strip streamers and this is some water that you really would want some Outcast Kick Fins to control your position. Pictured above is rock commonly called ET Rock and it marks the end of a long deep bend I believe is referred to as Baetis Bend. The whole pool appears to be next to impossible to walk and wade. I'm sure this could be home to some unbelievable size trout. This area could find use with some of those Rio Lake Lines we just posted about. But on this day we are searching for swing water. More about the San Juan on another day, let's get back to talking about the boat.
|This should swing|
|Integrated Gear System|
Integrated Gear SystemA really cool feature of the Outcast Stealth Pro is the ability to add accessories with the Integrated Gear System (IGSystem). The orange patches you see are like sleeves affixed to the outer shell and allow the user to attach a variety of things including Scotty rod holders, anchor systems and side bags. The Stealth Pro comes standard with one side pocket bag. All of these accessories can be purchased from us. The mounts that slide into the sleeve have a common bolt pattern that relates to all Scotty accessories. This makes many accessories pretty universal to the Stealth Pro. No more strap-on accessories to deal with. I'm going to add another side pocket bag to mine. The Stealth Pro comes with one side pocket and two mounting sleeves, one on each side of the boat. Accessories can be mounted in three different positions. To re-position the mounting sleeve just air down the pontoon and use a blunt object to slide the sleeve into a different position. I used an eraser end of a pencil and it worked just fine.
|Secured without straps|
|Secure some items that could get you out of a jam|
It's good to have a few items on hand especially for 2-3 day floats. I use the one side pocket just for these little extras. I carry a few tools just in case I would have to change out an oar lock. An extra one is provided with your Stealth Pro purchase. Outcast also provides an emergency patch. Zip-ties, rope and duct tape round out my bag of "what if" supplies.
I doubt if I will ever need any of this stuff but the first rule in boating is to be prepared. While "up a creek without a paddle" might be a bad situation you'd still be better off than "down a river with one oar."
|Don't forget these items|
|Never float without your K-Pump|
|Ready for gear|
Vs. the CompetitorAfter two full days of floating both Mike and I agreed we liked the Outcast Stealth Pro boat the best. Only minor differences separated the two boats. The most obvious was the quality of oars. An oar upgrade to our competitors boat would really make a big difference. Next the competitor's oar locks themselves had a lot of play in them. The footrest came in third of dislikes and again it was the lose insecure feeling it gave us. Last of our dislikes was the fact that our competitors boat does not use an internal bladder. While no difference is detected from a lack of bladder it just gives me a more secure feeling knowing that what holds the air in the Outcast Stealth Pro is protected inside a tough outer shell.
|Outcast Stealth Pro Flattens the Competition|
|I really love the freedom of floating|
- Inflated Size: 8' x 57"
- Tube Diameter: 16.25"
- Fabric: 500 pvc
- Material Weight: 30 oz.
- AireCell Material: Urethane
- Seam Construction: Welded
- Warranty: 5 Yrs
- Valve Type: Summit II
- Weight: 35 lbs.
- Load Capacity: 450 lbs.
- Frame: NONE
- Anchor System: IGSystem
- Oar Type: 5' 2-piece
Frame-lessFrame-less pontoon boats are not completely new on the scene. The Outcast's little cousin the Fishcat Scout has been out for over a year and has proven to be very popular and the competitors boat has been out for at least a couple of years. I had studied all the current frame-less boats available and as loyal customer of Outcast I decided to go with a new Stealth Pro. I couldn't be happier and look forward to all the great floats I plan to use this on.
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