The boats Southern Pines operates all come from StealthCraft Boats in Baldwin, Michigan. Captain DeRight works with the owner of StealthCraft planning out every detail of the boats to ensure they are perfect for the locations they are being used. Stability and guest comfort were two of the most important aspects considered. Open concept layouts with room to move around and comfortable seating make a full day float feel like a day of relaxation in the backyard.
Tennessee Tailwaters have proven to be a booking headache due to weather, flows, and high winter flows in Middle Tennessee. We had a huge need for a boat that could quickly move up and down the rivers, but also row easily. We worked with StealthCraft to build a Power Drifter that would fit all our needs and never leave us wanting more. Our Power Drifter is decked out with all the necessities to keep guests happy and on fish. From front and rear false floors for comfort, to the running and navigation lights for those excursions pushing past sunset, guests will be comfortable every cast. From a captain’s view, the 60/40 Mercury Jet quickly gets the vessel up on step and is easy and predictable at the tiller. The quick detach Minn Kota with I-pilot trolling motor makes quick work of holding on a good hole or tracking down river. She is also easy to control behind the oars and the River Larry Anchor system makes quick raising and lowering the anchor effortless.
Our Big Horn Skiff is what we like to describe as the Cadillac of drift boats. Super stable and beyond comfortable in any water we have put her in. As a guest you have plenty of room to move around and make yourself comfortable. From a guide/rower’s perspective, she is easy to row and maneuver, plus motors well when paired with a small outboard. We worked with StealthCraft to make sure this boat was packed with features that make a day on the water pleasurable. From the full no bend tray, ample storage, and the antifatigue flooring, she does not disappoint. It’s also worth noting that we have run this boat for several years in a variety of water conditions and she still washes up to a brand-new shine after every run of the river.
We needed a boat that was light enough for the occasional portage and did not break the bank. When we decided to make a move on raft, we considered other rafts available and realized the Hooligan XL was the only choice. Coming in at 14’5 long and 60” wide, she is incredibly stable. The low sides allow for easy entry and exit of the vessel and is incredibly responsive on the oars. It has been easily rowed down any water we work. The stiff high PSI floor is comfortable even on the longest days of fishing and keeps you high and dry. We kept this boat a little bare bones but has casting braces front and rear to give guests even more stability and drain plugs so getting water out of the boat a simple task. When asked how it rows, we just respond with, "she's like a ballerina on the water.''