The Outcast Fish Cat Streamer: A Compact Fishing Experience
The entry level Outcast Fish Cat Streamer offers a comfortable fishing platform that is much more compact than a heavy pontoon boat, yet it allows you to sit far enough above the water that it is superior to a float tube.
A Look at the Craft
The Outcast Fish Cat Streamer comes with foot bars, stripping apron, vinyl repair kit, and 6' two-piece oars. The rear mesh storage is large and handy, and the boat’s frame is sturdy enough to mount a small trolling motor. The leg extensions can be adjusted to fit the height of the user. Outcast backs this inflatable fishing boat with a 5-year limited warranty.
Basic specifications of the Fish Cat Streamer
- Inflated Size: 8' x 54"
- Tube Diameter: 16"
- Capacity: 300 lbs
- Hull weight: 55 lbs
- Frame: 6-piece Steel
- Material: 28 oz/sq. yard
- Fabric: 600 PVC
- AireCell Material: Vinyl
- Seam Construction: Sewn
- Air Valves: 2 Summit
- Anchor system/motor mount
- Color: red
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Quality Materials & Easy to Maneuver
Since the seat position allows you to sit higher up than you can in a float boat, you see out over the water with better visibility, and casting from the Fish Cat Streamer is also more comfortable. By using the 6' aluminum oars, or wearing a pair of swim fins, this inflatable pontoon boat is easy to maneuver in the water and glides with minimal effort. The overall design of the pontoons is slightly rockered so it is easier to turn and spin in the boat.
The air bladders and hull reflect Outcast’s signature quality construction. The 600-denier PVC outer shell material covers both the top and bottom of the pontoons to guard against tears and abrasions, as well as provide added protection against punctures to the inner bladders which hold the air.
A Few Design Issues
Reviewers say that the compact Outcast Fish Cat Streamer is a quality inflatable fishing boat in every way … but it is really too much for a float boat if you are going to simply kick around with fins. The reviews also mentioned that the oar system needs improvement: they are fixed so you can’t rotate the blades, and eventually they begin to squeak loud enough to scare the fish. The 6' blades, which break down into two parts for portability, also tend to work loose at the joint when pulling as oars, and if you don’t stop to re-tighten them, you could lose the blade half of the paddle in the water.
What We Say
Overall, the $435 Outcast Fish Cat Streamer wouldn’t be a bad fishing platform if improvements were made to the oar mounts and some more cool features added, but there are so many 8' personal inflatable fishing boats on the market that you can easily find a compact pontoon boat in the $250 to $350 range that will suite your needs.
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