Listen, I've got a Phantom Sportjon. Great Boat!!! I've modified and made it better than stock. It's an awesome hunting boat and pretty darn good for fishing too. Really a quality set-up. Then, I've got an Aire Traveler Canoe. Great stability, not too expensive, only 60# with a capacity of over 700#, and inflates in minutes!!! Another very capable watercraft. I'm very happy with both!!! Still.....I don't have enough!!! Grrrrrrrr!!! With the HP limit on the Kenai and the fact that I'll be leaving Fairbanks and moving south of the range to Eagle River, I'm not really capable of floating the family (myself, the wife, 11y/o daughter and two labs) together and I can't fish the Kenai with the Phantom. I need a rig that fills this void between the Traveler and Phantom.
So, here's what I'm looking at. An 18' Super Leopard with a 15-25hp outboard. The PRIMARY FOCUS is floating the Kenai. I want to be able to float it down, back-troll (hold in place with bait in the water), and/or motor back up-stream. I know this rig has crazy stability, low weight and extreme capacity. It's more than likely that I will fly-in and also float hunt this boat. I'd like to hear any recommendations, but I'm specifically looking to hear about people who have Super Leopards with outboards rigged on them. Work good? How many HP can the boat take reasonably? Prop or jet? Smack the bottom a lot? Problems with cavitation or spray from the water? Etc, etc. I know there are some really savvy cataraft guys out there and I've talked to a few of you previously. Please let me know what the "right" boat, motor, trailer combo is for fishing the Kenai specifically and fishing, hunting and floating other south central rivers.