Roundabout more than meets the eye
By Craig Lamb
The circular shape of the Roundabout is an eye catcher, and that is only one reason why this boat is designed with features not found in a kayak.
Both boats are intended for fishing skinny water, accessing to hard-to-reach spots, and easy for an angler to transport. That is where the similarities end.
Before kayak fishing caught on the narrow craft was designed simply for paddling adventures. On the other hand, the Roundabout is totally designed around the needs of the shallow water fisherman.
With the Roundabout less is more. What you give up in length is gained in beam for a more stable fishing platform.
“A lot of shallow water anglers overlook the importance of beam,” said Todd Foucher, a managing partner with Roundabout Watercrafts. “When fishing from a kayak you have two options, sitting or standing, and both require a wide beam for stability.”
The latest rage in the growing sport is the stand-up kayak. The appeal is the option of sitting or standing. Ideally, the angler has improved visibility of casting targets. Standing up allows better casting motion and accuracy of putting lures on targets. Making the most of the stand-up kayak requires, well, standing up.
“Standing up for hours at a time can be fatiguing, and you must be in great physical shape to maintain balance, cast at odd angles and then fight a fish,” noted Foucher.
Here’s where the Roundabout’s circular shape provides an advantage. The wide beam spans 72 inches, the width of some conventional aluminum fishing boats. In fact, the beam is 34 inches wider than the Roundabout’s nearest competitor in the fishing kayak category.
You can sit or stand in the Roundabout with the peace of mind of a small, lightweight craft offering the safety of a bigger boat. Keeping fishing top of mind in the design means greater casting accuracy and control when a fish is on the line.
“You can cast 360 degrees, any direction, unlike the 180 degrees you are limited to with a kayak,” continued Foucher. “There is no need to paddle the Roundabout into position for casting to a breaking fish.”
The specs and dimensions of the Roundabout make it the perfect rig for small waters. It measures 75 inches from bow to stern and is 20.5 inches in total height. The gunwale is 3 inches wide and 6 inches in height. That prevents water from splashing into the boat, unlike the exposed open surface of a sit-on-top kayak.
Fishing features are spread across a spacious 22 feet of deck space. Roomy storage compartments are port and starboard of the pedestal seat base for quick access to gear and tackle. At the bow is a compartment and another is aft for storing a battery.
The gunwale has molded-in rod holders, with cup holders in the deck. Nylon cleats and strap guides offer plenty of options for storing more gear, and water channels quickly drain water from the deck. At the transom is an aluminum plate for mounting a trolling motor or kicker outboard motor.
The boat weighs 120 pounds and can be easily transported using the optional Round Boat Trailer.
The Roundabout is available in five packages. The Sport RWC Fishing package for one or two anglers begins at $1,095. Many choices of optional accessories are available for customizing the RWC models. Those include a 2 Seat Conversion Kit, Round Boat Canopy, and much more.
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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com