First of all, I've had Bucks, Outcast, Leigh and NFO boats. And I've been doing this for a while. No affilitation with NFO, just know Dave and love the boats.
you or anyone else is looking for a float tube, then the Escape would be an excellent choice. It's a float tube on steroids. The Humvee of the float tube world complete with oars. 6' and 24 lb. (but not a Cabelas exclusive btw)
But since you mentioned you're interested in a standing platform, Joni posted about the Scadden/North Fork Outlaw X5
Framed, u-shaped toon. Very, very stable since it is a one piece inflatable.
I'm not a big fan of casting decks on a kickboat in stillwater. I see no advantage to it really.
I ran a 5 HP Nissan on it for a year, but it was a hassle compared to an electric motor. If it had electric start- that would be another story
I turned my frame around and ran it Zodiac style.
I'm a big fan of the frameless Scadden boats. I think they're more comfortable and at close to 60 years old
I want comfort. With the hard plastic "padded" seats, I had to go into shore every couple hours to un-numb my arse. Not so with the frameless- padded soft seat clips to the inflatable seat area and you control the softness or hardness by letting air out or pumping more in.
I did have the Renegade, but sold if for the Predator. Renegade is 28 lb. I think, but the Predator is the ultra light boat at 14 lb. without the bags.
Renegade is 9' long and the Predator is 8' long.
Very easy to manuever and row and carry because of the light weight. All frameless boats deflate and fold up very small, so you don't need a truck to haul one around.
If you're still thinking about a conventional framed kickboat (two pontoons strapped to the frame) and casting/standing deck then you might want to look at the NFO SkykomishSunrise H2o
Skykomish Sunrise H2O | North Fork Outdoors
The NFO boats are expensive, but they are bladderless and have welded seams and a lifetime warranty and are made in here in Utah. I don't work for NFO, but I've known Dave Scadden for close to 20 years.
FWIW, there is a lot of Renegade fans on this site
Hopefully what I posted will help others get and idea of what is out there in the Scadden line. If anyone has any questions, we can start a new thread.
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