Re: your thoughts and suggestions

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Posted by Nick Auyong on 2014-01-03 15:39:46 in reply to your thoughts and suggestions posted by J. Steve "gooch" Iriguchi on 2013-12-31 22:43:41

Gooch-After reading all the comments, here's my 2 cents. Seven years ago, I purchased an OC 1000 and have been very satisfied with it with a few exceptions. It is difficult to mount a fish finder to the frame. If you strap a holder to the bladder, it never stays perpendicular when moving, so I just store my Bottom Line in the side pocket and pull it out to check the depth. Would lighter, faster, apply to the type of water you're fishing? Would you rather be in a light alum. boat or heavy alum. or fiberglass boat in open water far from shore ? The other issue is assembly which is a problem for most toon owners. For the first year, my buddy and I (who also has a OC1000 assembled the toons when we got to the water. It was frustrating to hear fish slurping 10 ft. from us while we tried to assemble the toons in the dark and we figured there's got to be a better way. The answer was a 14 ft. Pace enclosed trailer. It"s easy to trailer and it makes life so much easier. The back opens and and the ramp makes it easy to slide the toon right into the water. We built two racks to stack the toons and a rack to mount the electrics and holders for the marine batteries. The trailer has a side door at the front and there's enough room for a storage box for anchors,etc. On the front wall, we have hooks for our waders, fins, nets, etc.. On the ceiling, we have rod racks to store 6 assembled rods. Sounds like a big investment, but it really isn't when you consider the fishing time wasted assembling and disassembling the craft. It was really fun customizing the trailer to our needs. I bought mine new, but I'm sure you can get one used at half the price. The trailers are well made and we just secure the doors and trailer hitch with quality locks. Oh, one more issue-- The OC1000's are pretty pricey. But sometimes you got to pay the price for a quality product. It also has a 10 year warranty. I had pictures of the trailer in the archives. but couldn't find it.

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