Cyclist wrote: »
I have always admired the panga hulls. Not sure how these hulls differ from Bahama style pangs. These are from Baja Sur in sea of Cortez.
Pangas are Orca proof!!
These things would haul 10 people, gear and such. Some days swell were 6 feet but we always beached in protected coves.
petedoggiedog wrote: »
thanks for all the comments, pro and con. I've been told that panga marine in sarasota will offer test rides so i may ride down that way soon and check them out. I've always been amazed by the utility of panga boats and i think the panga design would suit my style of fishing- mostly upper bays to very nearshore on good days.
Tarpon20 wrote: »
I had a Panga Marine 22 and loved it. Mine was one of the 1st ones and it did everything I ever wanted to do. I had a 90 2 stroke yamaha and it pushed it in the upper 30's. It was a very simple fishing boat, 48 gallon livewell, big storage compartment under from deck and it had lots of open space. I currently have had a Pathfinder 22 now for almost 4 years and it's a good boat for guiding, other than that the Panga did more in my opinion. It floated just as shallow, the Panga beat the snot out of a chop and I didn't have tabs, never once took water over the bow and we fished it 40 miles out in the gulf and went sail fishing all the time in Miami. The Pathfinder will take water over the bow in a tight chop at 2ft. You can rig a trolling motor, power poles and such just like any other bay boat and it will catch just as many fish at a much nicer price. Rob McDaniels is a great guy at Panga Marine, never had anything break on the boat and looked all perfect after 6 yrs of guiding hard. My Pathfinder port/starboard storage hatches seem to break twice a year, which can't ever get them to warranty. Screws on the console have to be tightened daily and the non skid was like ice after the 1st year and the boat was bought new. The Pathfinder is a perfect guide boat, but if I wasn't guiding id have no problem fishing a Panga again. Some people don't like the looks of a Panga, but a lot of the people bashing them have probably never ridden in one.
Saltygatorvet wrote: »
I have a buddy with a 22’ panga( not sure of the make). It is very tippy( he has a tower) very wet and has very little storage ( compared to a pathfinder) I wouldn’t own one, I don’t care how efficient they are. Good luck