- Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:01 pm
I believe the G4 bottom option runs about $1,500. Have heard some guys say they've had issues with the seal failing, mine is a 2004 14.6 LP ex-Yellowstone river guide boat with the G4 maybe they were built better back then like most things but its bulletproof. I've bounced it off a lot of rock, in Michigan and in Montana, dragged it across gravel, over pavement (not long distances), never had an issue. I don't even really think about it. Only thing worse than a scratch on her is a small crack in the fiberglass just under an oar lock because my friends are stupider than your friends.
Nice thing about the Hydes like G said they row better than Stealthcrafts. Downside, not a fan of their customer service and neither is my buddy who bought a new one a few years ago. Maybe we've just had unusually poor experiences. I would hope as an emerging builder, Stealthcraft is working a little harder to keep people happy.
Not that this should matter at all, but since nobody is building a shitty boat these days (unless fishrite is still making bathtubs idk) to me its a lot about the feel and your perception of the brand, like Chevy vs Ford. To me Hyde is the Winston Rod Co of the drift boat world. Refined, purposely plain looking, highly functional, longstanding history and tradition. Your dad might've owned one. When I think about a Hyde I see a dusty Montanan in a cowboy hat rowing his clients down the Beaverhead or Big Hole, fishing the same hopper dropper he's been tying for years. Stealthcraft is the Mystics or Clutch's of the rod world. I'm sure they're making some really nice stuff, but mostly just taking an old wheel and making a different looking new wheel. Maybe not quite flash over function but its at least equal, no history to create complacency but also no tradition to add value and meaning. In the rowing seat of the Stealthcraft is a 28 year old guy with a large Instagram following, swears by an 8'9" rod for streamers, knows a lot about how but not as much about why. Catches the piss out of fish, as many or more than the old timers. Just comes down to who you'd rather spend a day with.
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