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October 21, 2013

Five Uncommon Fly Fishing Vessels

There are a variety of non-traditional crafts out there that many anglers use to ply skinny water.

Mokai

This unique boat offers an innovative hull powered by a 6-hp Honda four-stroke engine coupled to a jet propulsion system. The patented design results in a removable engine unit that requires less than one minute to assemble without tools. It's simple to operate and cheap to run, and the lightweight hull can be transported on top of your vehicle, which eliminates the need for a trailer.
 
The Mokai's low center of gravity makes it remarkably stable - you can even stand up and cast from it - yet it floats in less than 4 inches of water and is easy to pole or paddle. The durable hull is made from rotomolded polyethylene and is based on a classic monococque design. It has a large storage area for gear and comes standard with a weather cover, an engine storage/carry bag, a paddle, a survival pack and a fire extinguisher.

Outcast Power Drifter
You probably don't associate pontoon boats with salt water, but they work as well in a salt marsh or lagoon as they do on a river. Outcast added a lightweight aluminum frame to its Power Drifter, which now includes an anchor system, a motor mount and an inflatable floor that makes it easy to store and transport.
 
One of the unique features of the Power Drifter is that part of the floor - which is rigid enough for anglers to stand on when fishing or poling the boat - opens to accommodate a small outboard motor. The 15-inch-diameter inflatable pontoons are constructed of thermal-welded 1200 Denier PVC, which makes them all but punctureproof. Its lightweight design means you can take it almost anywhere. And because it's inflatable, it really will float in a puddle.

Everglades Canoe Company Gladesmen 18
The Everglades Canoe Company chose the name Gladesmen as a tribute to the early-20th-century settlers who lived in south Florida's famed swamp. This skiff is a thoroughly modern version of the boats those pioneers used to travel throughout the area's vast shallow waters. It offers the versatility of a canoe while retaining the features of a true poling skiff.
 
The Gladesmen 18 is built with a vacuum-infused hull and deck, which has vacuum-bagged bulkheads, a hatch and platform caps. Rolled gunwales augment the hull for strength and provide a handle for lifting. The boat has an aluminum poling platform, and although you can pole or even paddle it effectively, it readily accommodates an outboard up to 15 hp on its heavy-duty transom. The Gladesmen 18 has a huge forward casting deck, a lockable rear storage compartment and a variety of other features usually found only on larger, more expensive skiffs.