5 reasons why I choose Polar Kraft
by Captain Lance Valentine
For close to two decades, Polar Kraft has been my choice for tournament fishing and recently, full-time guiding. I began fishing from a Polar Kraft in 2003, and this year will be launching my NINTH Polar Kraft. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to see and ride in just about every boat model on the market but keep coming back to Polar Kraft for my fishing. Here are a few reasons why.
- Storage- Every angler has too much stuff! A boat needs to have adequate storage for rods, tackle, gear, batteries and more. As a guide, I need to be ready for any condition I may be faced with on the water and having enough room to keep all that gear is important. Large rod storage, huge compartments for tackle, side panels for rain gear and enough room for five batteries and two chargers are hallmarks of most Polar Kraft boats.
- Space- Open floor space is a must. I make take as many as four clients at one time, and five people in a boat can get crowded if the boat is not laid out properly. Polar Kraft puts a premium on maximizing floor space by using straight vertical interior walls, lots of storage, removable seat pedestals and more.
- Rigging- The ability to rig a boat for how you fish is critical. Every angler has specific needs for rod holders, net holders, electronics, tool caddies and more. With wide gunnels, factory reinforced with PTP plywood, Polar Kraft makes it easy to rig your boat for how you fish! Being able to rig properly is also a part of keeping the floor of the boat clear and maximizing the room available for anglers. Flat areas for mounting electronics at the helm and the bow are also a priority at Polar Kraft.
- Ride-Multiple times a year, anglers will ask me, “Is this a fiberglass boat?” Typically, it happens in rough water. Due to the design of the hull and Torque Box construction, Polar Kraft boats don’t ride like a typical aluminum boat. There is no “bow slap” in wavy conditions, and the hull design keeps anglers dry. The aggressive chines hold the rig solid during turns and the deep-v hull can handle any water you may find yourself in.
- Fishability- Wind and current are things that every angler faces during a fishing season. The hull design of a Polar Kraft makes the boat sit down in the water when fishing and makes it easy to keep the boat on the proper line when trolling or drifting. By sitting deeper in the water than other aluminum boats, Polar Kraft boats are easier to control and stay on the fish in tough conditions.
Picking the right boat for how you fish can be a long, frustrating process. Don’t decide until you have looked at, and more importantly, ridden in a Polar Kraft boat-you won’t be disappointed.
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