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  • Great boat for quick lake access. Easy to load/unload. Small but laid out nicely compared to com...
  • January 25, 2017
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Great boat for quick lake access. Easy to load/unload. Small but laid out nicely compared to competitors similar boats. Most of all, I don't worry about damaging this boat compared to when I owned a 20k bass rig and I certainly do not miss the payments. Being older now with less testosterone (lol), I do not have to go flying down the lake to get to that "honey hole". I figure I will just enjoy nature and fish along the way. The tall sides make this model a nicer choice to prevent stuff from falling out of the boat. A concern with other units I compared this model to. Lots of affordable family fun ahead. The shipping process is a big hassle though. Good luck with that.

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Thunderstruck

45 to 54, Male
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  • Sea trials (In a couple of local lakes) completed on my new Sun Dolphin8.5 ft. Sportsman Boat and...
  • February 07, 2019
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Sea trials (In a couple of local lakes) completed on my new Sun Dolphin8.5 ft. Sportsman Boat and it was a success! First. It fits in my Colorado snugly right up against the truck box with the tailgate down. I secure it with a rope across the back and a couple of bungee cords attached to the side/bottom of the truck box. Next I built a couple of launch ramps out of scrap plywood a foot wide. I tacked on a two by four on the bottom of each to firm them up and screwed on the metal plates on one end from a ramp kit. Less than $30 for more stuff than I needed. The object was to make the boat easily launched and retrieved by your's truly ***by himself***. No problem at all to horse the fully loaded boat up onto the truck with a rope on a kinda steep ramp. You really need to consider how you're gonna do this if you are by yourself. You don't want to scratch up the bottom of the boat dragging it around. Unloaded it is NO problem to load the boat, less ramps...and unload. In my case I built a "boat box" in my garage. I store the boat in it sideways up against the wall. It's 5 feet high or so. The top has a plywood deck where I put all my boat stuff. Purchased a 30LB Minn Kota trolling motor. It pushes the boat at a whopping 2.8mph at full throttle. You can spend most of the day on the water at low speed and not worry about getting back in with a good battery. The boat has metal in the back to attach a motor. Not so in the front...but there is wood inside so you can put it at either location. I would suggest if you go to the front pad it with wood or metal so you won't be clamping to the plastic. Now...I found that my Garmin Striker depth finder transducer would NOT fit on the trolling motor foot. It was too long. So I slid it to the back, against the fin...which put it an an angle. I shimmed it with some rubber stuff I had from the ramp kit and it works swell. So caution to you about that. You will really want to go the trolling motor route as drilling holes for mounts in the boat is a no-no. I have seen all sorts of workaround gizmonic inventions...but the simplest thing is to just put it on the trolling motor. Note. The front set of wires is bare. You'll need plastic crimp connectors (or similar) to hook up your device(s). The rear wiring is all set up to hook to your battery. One of the first things I did was to change out one of the plastic seats for a common WISE boat seat. Piece of cake. So don't worry about that. Takes about 10 minutes tops to make the conversion. Everything you need comes with the seat. Or is supposed to anyhow. Make sure yours comes with the installation package goodies. I also added a couple of rod holders. Clamp on.. Yep, they make them. You will install them on the side rails. You basically have room for one per side so you won't take up all your hand rail loading and unloading space. For the depth finder I used Velcro. Cut out a circle from a 1x4 scrap...screwed it on the base...put velcro on it and on the boat tray and whammo....instant happiness with no screws. For the piece of resistance I made rather than bought a couple of anchors out of plastic coffee containers and Quickrete. And why not? Ha! My boat came all wrapped in plastic. No dings. At the time Home Depot was the cheapest place. Who woulda ever thunk of buying a boat at Home Depot? They told me that was the first one they had sold. Neat! Someone was grousing about having to go back for confirmation that they had purchased the boat for licensing purposes. Well, I nearly got into the same pickle. So make sure you have proof of purchase with a receipt with the *price* on it to make the boat license guy happy. In Alabama the boats gets stickers and the works since it isn't paddle operated. On the first run out I expected the boat would float or I'd get hypothermia. Thankfully the thing is REMARKABLY stable as all report. You really have to work at falling out of the thing. And the draft is ridiculous. Some moron blew through two idle wake zones doing about 60 before he got to my position and the boat handled the waves JUST FINE. As some have noted your boat won't catch a whole lot of air so it's actually easier to control in windy conditions. Just a touch with the trolling motor will put you right on the spot. After fishing big boy boats you'll love how the nose comes about lickety split. If you haven't ever been in one of these the first thing you'll notice is there is no room side to side...but plenty front to back. Takes a little getting used to. BUT....consider this. The thing is 4x more stable than, say, a 12 jon boat. Crazy stable high floater. Yes, it comes with 2 seats. However, unless it's two kiddies out for a lark or a young couple deeply in love...I'd say forget going doubles. The 10 footer makes more sense for that. I think there is some tweaks the company could have done on the top piece...like a place in the front to tie a rope...little things like that...but for the money, jeez. I'm not complaining. Sun Dolphin did me a huge favor! I circled this thing for 35 years. I sold my sure enough real boat a couple of years ago and was missing the water so much I finally pounced. For about a grand I have everything I need...as good as the big boys, sans mebbe a 80hp motor. Get it. You'll be thankin' me!

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NormFromAlabama

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By: NormFromAlabama
  • worth the monehy
  • May 05, 2015
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Very simple and very very stable boat. Good for what I wanted (electric only lake fihsing). I could stand on the side railing without it tipping much. I wish it had decent cup holders and a pair of rod holders. About 100 pounds but bulky, so it really takes 2 people to get in on and off my truck. Will hold 2 poeple but floor space is limited For the price it is great. PA made it hard to register.

Pros Durable, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight
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Junglecat

Mechanicsburg. PA
55 to 64
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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By: Junglecat
  • Best price found online by far! Comes exactly as...
  • January 02, 2018

Best price found online by far! Comes exactly as described. I would recommend to anyone looking for something similar.

Jared

7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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By: Jared
  • Way better than expected!!
  • January 19, 2017
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This little boat is way better then I expected it to be. I'm 6' and 240lbs and my buddy is 6'3" 200lbs with a 45 pound thrust trolling motor we fished for 7 hrs! Plenty of room and can really get into them hard to reach fishing spots.

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  • Great little boat, been out in it 3 times. Ow....
  • May 14, 2019

Great little boat, been out in it 3 times. Ow. Easily loaded into pickup bed by myself and I'm 77 years old. Highly recommended.Phil

Philly876

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By: Philly876
  • I have really been enjoying this boat. It is light,...
  • March 06, 2018

I have really been enjoying this boat. It is light, yet stable for its size. I am 220 pounds and this little boat works good for me. I have a 30 lb thrust trolling motor on it and a Merury 2.5 hp 4 stroke on it. I would recomend this boat.

Kamakazi

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  • Boat arrived in three days despite initial order indicating it...
  • July 02, 2019

Boat arrived in three days despite initial order indicating it would take three weeks. No problem with pick up at store. Make sure service desk completes title transfer paperwork prior to going to BMV.

Lisa

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By: Lisa
  • Stable beyond measure. Maiden voyage on a 210 acre reservoir with a foot of chop was no problem. ...
  • May 14, 2019
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Stable beyond measure. Maiden voyage on a 210 acre reservoir with a foot of chop was no problem. Takes a small outboard motor and electric trolling motor with no problems. Great boat at a great price through Home Depot, saved almost $300.00.

Teamwings1

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  • The Sun Dolphin was just what we needed for our farm pond, to keep the trash picked up out of it ...
  • May 14, 2019
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The Sun Dolphin was just what we needed for our farm pond, to keep the trash picked up out of it that washes down into our pond.

Hotrodgranny

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By: Hotrodgranny