Uncle Buck's Pond Prowler Boat - 10'
I've taken this boat out on the lake about 15 times now and have tried different configurations. The lake I primarily fish is around 650 acres with a fair amount of sunken forest. It is also a "no-wake" lake. I started off with a 40lb Minn Kota Endura Max as the main motor and mounted it on the back. It moves the boat just fine, but the most efficient "high speed" I got out of it was at about 30% to 40% throttle. You can push faster, but you are using up battery a lot quicker. I decided to get a 3.5hp Mercury for moving longer distances and save the battery for fishing. When I mounted the electric motor on the front, the boat was really squirrely in the wind because the back end of the boat was sticking up. Mounting the 3.5 Merc on the back fixed that. In short, the best setup I have is using the gas motor to move places and the electric motor on the front to fish. I also place the battery in the back and use the built-in wiring to connect the trolling motor. The boat is very stable and is a good fishing platform. I use both seats in the boat. It is a little awkward moving from one end of the boat to the other, but you learn to sit in the seat and spin around to get to where you need to go. I have no qualms taking the Pond Prowler out into any part of this lake, but there won't be any big waves either. Once you figure out how you want to set up your boat, and balance the weight distribution a little bit, you will find out it handles itself well. That said, the wind will always be an issue. It will push you around, but you find a way to make it work. Also, I debated between the 2.5 and 3.5 hp Merc (they are both the same motor, with the 2.5 restricted a little). I went with the 3.5 to be on the safe side. The way the hull is designed, there will be an efficient throttle setting for moving. I found with the gas motor, there was very little difference in speed between half throttle and full throttle. On the no-wake lake, I generally run from 1/8 to 1/4 throttle. I also discovered the small motors are mostly made by Tohatsu, including the Mercs. Very happy I got the gas motor to go with the Pond Prowler. I haul the boat in a 5x10' utility trailer as it makes it easier to get the boat in and out of the water. The boat itself is easily handled by one person, but it gets a little heavy when I load both motors and all my gear. Almost forgot, I bought a Garmin Echo 151dv fish finder. I mounted the transducer on the electric trolling motor. I picked up a sealed 12v 8amp battery, stuck in a tupperware box, and mounted the head unit on the lid. Works well!
July 12, 2014
Worth every penny!
I wanted this boat since i was 5yrs old. I bought it spring 2011. I put it on a 10 acre, 80 acre and even a 300+ acre lake. My opion is go with nothing less than a 55lbs motor since its your only mode of moving the boat. I put this boat on the Little St. Germain in Wis. with no problems, but when the wind picks up or the skiers come out and make some waves, you'll need the 55lbs to get the boat back in the the coves or shoreline. I made some modifications. I took the eye bolts off, and got longer ones, put on 2x4 and 4x4's to in order to install an anchors, removable fish finder and rod holders on each end of the boat. I did not want to drill into the boat at all. Also in put 3 coats of Truck Bed liner to toughen up the hull just in case. Look at Pictures. With all the stuff in it, its heavyer than you think.
December 22, 2011
10ft POND PROWLER
This Prowler has more than enough room for two people.Light enough to load and unload in the back of your truck, but i decided to get a trailer for it, makes it way easier not having to load and unload boat. I have fished out of 8 footers but this one is way more roomy and stable. I put on a 5 hp Mercury and 55 lb Minn Kota endura c2 trolling motor.... Watch out fish here i come. Only thing i should have done was order the shorter shaft 36 in,even though the 42 works just fine.
June 25, 2013
She's a keeper!
This is my 3rd one of these fine little boats. The Pond Prowler is a updated version of the Bass Tracker Bantam 3X. The 1st one, my X got, the last I still have and it's in good shape after 20 years, you heard that right, a 1994 model still going strong. I keep my boats outside but always covered with a tarp. That's the key to long life.
Don't listen to the negative things like leaking. They don't leak unless you put a hole in them. They will get a little water inside from condensation after a while. I added screws to the end of my sponsons on my old boat and got about a ¼ cup of water out of her after a couple years. I think that was mostly water that leaked under the sonar main unit when washing her. If you leave the boat out in the weather all bets are off...it is plastic but thick plastic.
Now the new one I've had out 3 times this winter so far and love her as much as the old. I love the removable storage/bait box and that I can slide the seats anywhere in the new version. I'm not crazy about the rod holders. I miss the rod box the my old boats have. I suggest you put a foot control motor (Motor Guide Bull Dog is a good one) in it if you use it as much as I do and the 10ft model is the way to go if you have 2 persons and foot control. The old 9ft got too small as I added that and my 1st mate and I seem to have grown some too. I also added marine carpet and Velcro'd my sonar unit and transducer this time...works great so far and NO holes have to be drilled. I waited and waited for this thing to go on sale....they said it never would....but guess what...not a couple weeks after I bought mine at full price, then it goes on sale. Get it while the price is good guys. She's a keeper!
February 1, 2014