The updates have been installed, and it was the to test the newest member of the fleet. I have been searching for this boat for a while but it was Phil K. that found it and we ended up partnering up on it as 50/50 owners. The pram was owned by a Ft Lewis soldier and he used it for duck hunting. He has camouflaged it and did a poor job at it, no primer, no prep. Many parts of the paint were chipping off, especially the gunnels. It’s not what outside that counts so we agreed on the updates and would make her our own.
The oars it came with were immediately sold, 6′ gulls were ice but too short for this platform. Steve Y. had donated some Sawyer carbon fiber oars that were going to be perfect for this pram. Next the seat upgrade was completely with marine starboard bases with all stainless countersunk hardware in place. A pair of new Wise padded seats on swivels for all day comfort and warmth installed.
I used a piece of 1″ starboard leftover from the Rogue pram and made the motor wedge as to support a small outboard motor on the transom. Lastly, the factory cleats were removed and Scotty bases turned on the side would be the location for the Thomas extension arms for the pocket pullers.
I tested the pram on a windy day on lake Sammamish and she did very well. She tracks, turns and drafts nicely with 1 person and outboard. Hoping that the addition of a 2nd angler won’t change the dynamics too much and she’ll still have enough rocker to glide over the water line. I was able to hit 6 mph on the GPS and that is plenty to do the BC lakes and those in WA that allow outboards such as Coffepot, and Quincy.
The 10′ is wider than my 8′ but still light enough to manage alone. While it’s too wide to fit in my truck bed the pram trailer is a nice place to store and transport 2 boats. It will be nice when fishing 2 ppl and transporting it via dolly to lakes like Lenice. With two guys, one can push while the other pulls. It’s not the boat that I would fish from all the time but when the scenario is right for it, sometimes nice to share a boat between friends or family.