So Very nice Dan! I'm hoping you get to use her plenty. KT has one being rigged out now. Look at dates for the POC "One Fly" and the Redfish Rodeo. LOVE TO HAVE YOUR BOAT JOIN OUR FLEET. RECOMMEND YOU GET A ONE PIECE PUSH POLE BECAUSE THE ONE IN THE PHOTO IS STORED ON BOARD IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT MIGHT END UP WITH A PERMANENT BEND IF IT IS SECTIONED! ASK JOHN PURCELL. SHOULD BE A GREAT BOAT TO CRUISE THE FRONT BEACH ...WHICH BY THE WAY IS ON FIRE! My ten weight is in rutt right now and needs to get BENT! RIGS ARE ON FIRE TOO.
I'm so excited.
The big downer is a 6-8 week build time. That's not bad compared to other places (like East Cape or Ankona) though. The reason is Panga Marine doesn't do a dealer network. It's all built-to-order. I appreciate the thoughts on the push pole. I was planning on going with the multi-piece Mangrove push pole but may reconsider.
And you nailed my reasons for going with this rig. The versatility.
Advertised poling depth is 6" but it will probably be closer to 8"- and that's OK because it's a big boat. Plus, thanks to the design I can still comfortably cross & fish big water. Which includes running the beach or even beyond the horizon when conditions permit (got a friend who offered to buddy-boat in his Parker Big Bay 23). Sadly, I do have unenlightened family & friends (young kids are excluded from said judgment) who don't fly fish and I can accommodate taking 3-4 friends with me and drowning bait.
It's also infinitely safer for my kids than the Gheenoe- and as I live less than a mile from the nearest boat ramp on Lake Houston I can do plenty of family cruising on the lake in it. And even pull a tube.
The stuff I'm getting rigged on it:
iPilot trolling motor (Minn Kota RT 80 24v)
Atlas jack plate
poling platform (w/ anchor light)
push pole holders
under gunnel fly rod tubes
Accon folding cleat on foredeck
swim platform w/ ladder
removable custom cushions on foredeck & console seat
I'm also going to buy my own GPS and marine radio to send and have installed. Any recs?