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Old 10-11-2005, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Buck's Bag - "Top-Gun" thats worked well for 12+ years. The bladder seam split the last trip, (captain not on board). Gander Mtn. & S.W. both say they are out of the replacement bladders. Does anyone use a truck tube instead of these flimsy bladders? Where do you put the valve stem? Is that painful? Looking for input. Thanks.
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Old 10-11-2005, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know this doesn't answer your question but use this damage to your belly boat to buy a kayak or a pontoon style boat with paddles. If you use either one of these even once, you will wonder how you ever suffered so long with your belly boat. Honestly, they have to be the most inefficient way to get around on water ever invented.

I imagine you could get a truck tire tube for your belly boat and duck tape the stem to the tube so it doesn't poke you. But why? I'm sure some people who love their belly boat will chime in here and tell me how misinformed I am but they just haven't fished out of a kayak or pontoon yet.
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I know this doesn't answer your question but use this damage to your belly boat to buy a kayak or a pontoon style boat with paddles.* If you use either one of these even once, you will wonder how you ever suffered so long* with your belly boat.* Honestly, they have to be the most inefficient way to get around on water ever invented.

I imagine you could get a truck tire tube for your belly boat and duck tape the stem to the tube so it doesn't poke you.* But why?* I'm sure some people who love their belly boat will chime in here and tell me how misinformed I am but they just haven't fished out of a kayak or pontoon yet.
I won't tell you how misinformed you are, but I LOVE my belly boat. I have a lot more places to store gear and tackle than any kayak I've ever seen. And I get around just fine with it. Plus I can get around and fish at the same time, I don't have to worry about rowing.
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Scorpion-I can cover 10 times as much water in a kayak than I ever could in a belly boat. And the sit on top (SOT) models designed for fishing they have out now have tons of storage. I bet their were people who talked about how the auto would never replace the horse and buggy in the early 1900's.
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One morning I watched a couple of guys launch one of those 2-man inflatable pontoon boats, they just picked it up and set it in the water, no backing down a boat ramp. Then they put in a battery and trolling motor, jumped in and off they went. I really envied them, they had everything they needed for getting around the lake and it looked like pretty comfortable fishing.

I may have to put one of those on my Christmas want list.


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Scorpion-I can cover 10 times as much water in a kayak than I ever could in a belly boat.* And the sit on top (SOT) models designed for fishing they have out now have tons of storage.* I bet their were people who talked about how the auto would never replace the horse and buggy in the early 1900's.*
True, you can cover 10 times more water but if you are rowing I can still be fishing!
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Old 10-12-2005, 05:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I go to a place in Arvada of old Ralston rd. called Stillwater they sell the bladders and the tubes.
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I know a couple people that use truck tubes in their belly boats; *However you may want to check on current regulations, because some states require that the tubes have a certain number of chambers in them. *I'm not sure if Colorado does or does not. *Truck tubes are usually single chambered.
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I have an old (198 Trout Traps belly boat that came stock with a truck tube for the big doughnut and a little car tire tube for the backrest.It'll never blow out! My buddy used to have a float tube till he picked up a "water skeeter" type pontoon and he no longer has a belly boat.Says as soon as I try one I will want one.If you wear fins you dont need to row either.Plus if you're sitting above the water it ain't nearly as cold.
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Old 10-14-2005, 12:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Like Chris, I used the Stillwater folks for a replacement bladder. They even restitched a few tears in my tube at no charge. Good customer service.
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