Post By: RonnyCast Posted: 4/10/2009 5:28:11 PM Points: 1872
Last year at some point a post came up asking about a pedal boat for fishing. At the time I responded with a description of my little boat the Minnow but I never got around to putting up pictures of it for those who asked to see it so here it goes. I love my little boat. We can stand and fish out of it if needed or just sit back and relax with a cold one as well. I like very much that it can be used on both electric power or just old fashion man power if you run out of battery juice and need to get back to the ramp or if you are on a man power only lake. Hard to row a boat and fish but pedal and fish no worries. Great little boat and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a small boat that will fit in the back of a truck, one person can launch it, and it is rated for five people and 850 lbs so it is darn near unsinkable.
That's a pretty slick rig. It's the Hummer of paddle-boats. Did you epoxy that mount for the trolling motor on there or what? Man, you've put a lot time into that thing. We have almost the exact same paddle-boat(without the military spec. modifications) and you'd be amazed how quickly 3- 12 yr. olds can fill that thing with water. It wont sink, but it's no fun getting it to shore and draining it out. Maybe if I show them these pics, It'll inspire them to modify and not to sink. Pretty cool rig----only suggestions---gun rack, headlights.
Look closely at the pic there is a head light mounted right under the front right rod holder. As far as mounting things to this boat I used hollow wall anchors and then reinforced the inner part of the top shell with spray foam gap filling adhesive. Makes it much stronger and solid feeling. I also sprayed some foam to fill in any gaps between wood and the outer part of the shell as well. I used poplar wood for most everything as it is very strong but light weight. The motor can mount on the back as well as the front. The transducer for the fish finder in mounted on that electrical conduit pipe and pushes down into the stock rod holders on the boat and then over the side into the water and is removable. I can troll four rods or stand up to jig and flip or pitch, or just sit and cast if working a shoreline. Actually the side by side seating is great as you donít hook the guy behind you when casting and no one gets front ended all day by the guy up front. A few year back I took this boat on Horsetooth maybe around 40 times and it always got us back even when that lake got busy and rough. Got our feet wet a few times. It moves pretty fast as well, when running on the motor you can help out and pedal and nearly double you speed.