Scupper Pro Frank
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Joined: Feb. 2004
||Posted: July 17 2005,08:31
C-EXPED is "OK", EVEN IF IT'S NOT AN OK BOAT, BUT ONLY
on flat water. In lumpy water this boat is a handful and can be wet, and far less stable than any SOT I've paddled other than our Knysna Isthmus. At even at rest on flat water I found it less stable than Jim's Skua to be.
It is a royal -and I'm talking major royal, like Hapsburgs, Stewarts, Kennedys, and Bushes royal -pain to turn, even with its rudder.
For the folks that don't like the S-Pro because you're wet, ditto for the C-Exped, which has a 2-position variable venturi drain system: open of closed. It works when the boat is up to speed, it floods when the boat is stopped. That alone should DQ it for some, as they'd need to stop, close the drains, then open them them back up if they wanted working scuppers.
And they very well might want those scuppers working, for it's stability is tricky and quirky and takes butt time to learn. You get a little too far off center, you'll ship water as you get the boat heeled and you'll need to have a great hip snap, or a ready brace -or you'll need to swim.
It doesn't have a tankwell, that 'fisherman's friend', but it does have great acreages of good, flat surface to work with. It has great toggle-sealing hatches, and a sizable one which as I recall is reachable on the water -if you can balance the boat and do your accessing in the conditions you find yourself in.
And it is fast.
It's also pretty big at 18' long.
OTOH -it is light -well, it starts out light at 48# -before hatches & hardware are added. Some believe this to be a drawback because, as the boat is so big, and weighs less than even shorter, wider boats, that it must mean a thinner plastic shell and hull.
I don't know, one way or another. My two friends that have them don't seem to have experienced paricular strength or weakness or wear-through problems.
But... I don't think this is a boat for most FLYC-ers because it takes a paddler who fishes, as opposed to a fisherman who paddles. The former seem to be more able to paddle a wider variety of more advanced boats, while the latter seem to want big, stable platforms that can carry multiple rods, lots of gear, a cooler or maybe two (my goodness -some which are BIG coolers!), live baitwells, etc.
After having beein at FLYC Yak-In III just yesterday, and seen the boats -and the folks who paddle them, I'm absolutely 100% fully convinced that it'd be too tricky -waaaay too tricky! -to handle by 80% of the yakanglers there.
Finally, with all its bells and whistles, it's a $1500 boat -fairly steep for a plastic SOT.
As a stand-alone SOT, it's probably an upper echelon boat, but only top 20 percentile. I believe it doesn't really come close to many of those we've discussed here which I would categorize as top-10s.
I think the Skua's a better fast boat, and I think the S-Pro, T-160, and T-140 are better fishing boats that accrue some speed advantages over models like Drifters, Pelicans, and most tandems yakfishers use for carrying capacity.
But that's just one guy's opinion, and "that guy" is a self-categorized 'paddler who fishes', so that guy also has -as we all do, of course -a bias to his assessments.
So you pays yer money and yous takes yer chances after ya read reviews like this and demo and then paddle many boats in many conditions, to end up with one you're pleased with that you can -hopefully happily, for many moons -
Edited by Capn Jimbo on July 17 2005,09:18
Scupper Pro Frank