Riverhawk 13 Trapping Boat Review

A review of my new Riverhawk 13 Original skiff. Great for trapping, fishing, duck hunting or just poking around. It's a very stable, very safe boat. Fits in the back of a pickup - no trailer needed! River Hawk Canoe, River Hawk 13, River Hawk skiff, River Hawk duck boat

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A review of my new Riverhawk 13 Original skiff. Great for trapping, fishing, duck hunting or just poking around. It's a very stable, very safe boat. Fits in the back of a pickup - no trailer needed! River Hawk Canoe, River Hawk 13, River Hawk skiff, River Hawk duck boat

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david
david - 2 years ago
River bank Boat a do not buy boat ????
Greg giono
Greg giono - 2 years ago
Is there an update to this video?
PrimeRibGaming
PrimeRibGaming - 2 years ago
More stable than a Gheenoe, but if you’re in more than 1ft of chop, it’s gonna be a wet ride!
Taka Yama
Taka Yama - 2 years ago
Wet ride kills it for me. I can't stand that in any boat.
423alonso
423alonso - 3 years ago
What is the difference between this brand and Gheenoe? Thank you for the video God bless...
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 3 years ago
Not a whole lot - this company used to make Gheenoes on contract - mostly a brand name difference.
GhostDiver
GhostDiver - 3 years ago
Hey bud, what are your thoughts on weight capacity after using it for a while?
2 regular size guys + trolling motor/battery & bass fishing gear doable?
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 3 years ago
GhostTech1 Great question. The 13' is definitely a one man plus kid or occasional visitor boat. For a dedicated 2 man plus gear you will definitely need to step up to the 15 foot version. I am thinking of selling my 13 foot and buying a 15 footer and putting a 10 hp outboard on it.
Ярик Андерссон
Ярик Андерссон - 4 years ago
hello from Russia - super Boat / like
Ярик Андерссон
Ярик Андерссон - 4 years ago
Welcome brother - I live in the south of Russia (this is California) we have beavers-but many duck and goose
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 4 years ago
Yarik Andersson Thank you! I would love to visit Russia on day to hunt and trap!
Dante Cifelli
Dante Cifelli - 4 years ago
Any chance we'll be able to get a video with your updated thoughts on the boat and any mods you did.
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 4 years ago
Absolutely!. So far I have removed the storage area which really opened up the floorspace. I put a 6 hp Evinrude on it and am looking for a trailer. Will have a full update before next trapping season. Probably sometime in September.
MelowTrapper
MelowTrapper - 5 years ago
I love this Riverhawk 13 boat! If you don't mind me asking....but I'm curious what you paid for it, even though it was a floor model. I'm hoping I can find one up here in Michigan.
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+BrassTurds I paid right at a thousand dollars for it new. I am really liking it. They are made in Georgia and don't have any dealers up there, but there are some to be found on Craigslist if you search often. Also search for "Gheenoe" as they are virtually the same boat. I am currently building a push pole with a mud foot on it as this type of boat is easier to pole than paddle when you get in the real shallow stuff.

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WildByNature
WildByNature - 5 years ago
This boat looks realy nice i am looking to get something similar for fishing this summer. Thank you for sharing!!!
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
I am really enjoying it. Having some trouble with the carburetor on the motor but I have all summer to get it right. Enjoy yourself and be sure to share it with us!
Michael Luck
Michael Luck - 5 years ago
Thanks for sharing Tim.
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Michael Luck Good to hear from ya! Hope you are doing well buddy.
Swamp Pappy77
Swamp Pappy77 - 5 years ago
I have an oldtown predator square stern canoe that I put a 3.5 hp motor on. Before I bought it I looked at the rivermaster. Surprisingly my canoe holds up to 850 pds. I love my oldtown. It can definitely get in places a jon boat can't. I bought a trailer for it. Loading and unloading out of the back of my pick up got old. I'm older and wiser so a trailer is the only way to go. Plus, its easier to get in and out of the water when there is no boat ramp. When loading, I extend my boat winch with extra rope and simply winch the canoe up to where its just to the trailer. Then slide the nose up on the trailer and winch some more. And, I don't have to load and unload all my stuff out of the boat. You have a nice boat there. Thanks for the good work and independence!
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Charles Howell Yeah a trailer is on my list - but down the road a bit. I'm a cash only man - no debt, so I have to save for everything. I am thinking a jet ski trailer with a long tongue would work good. What is your advice on a trailer? I want a trailer so I don't have to load and unload so many times. Would be a real time saver (and back saver).


I am going to post a video on the motor as it is giving me trouble - it dies out at full throttle like it its gas starved. I have replaced the spark plug and shot gumout carb cleaner into the carb, which helped some - but not fixed completely. I think I'm going to have to rebuild the carb.
imasurvivornthriver
imasurvivornthriver - 5 years ago
Nice boat! Looks like it's gonna suit you well...
jacob lord
jacob lord - 5 years ago
thanks for doing the review now you should do the trapping review like I said befor
Christian Sullivan
Christian Sullivan - 5 years ago
Very nice looking boat there. Can't wait to see the rest of your trapping season
contreeman
contreeman - 5 years ago
390
contreeman
contreeman - 5 years ago
WHAT'S THE WEIGHT CAPACITY WILL HOLD FAT BOYS? GREAT VIDEO GOD BLESS
contreeman
contreeman - 5 years ago
I FAT I WEIGH 450 PLUS POLES AND TACKLE BOX. I NEED TO GO ON A DIET, MAYBE WHEN S.H.T.F. HITS LOL THANKS MY FRIEND
NLGhostWolf
NLGhostWolf - 5 years ago
Very nice looking boat. A perfect trapping, hunting and fishing boat for the places I like to go that's for sure. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more videos with you and the new boat. We're about 4 months away from seeing water here in the north and I'm already getting the fishing bug... Not getting out trapping this year is making for a very long winter. Spring can't come soon enough. Great review
airkraft1
airkraft1 - 5 years ago
I had a boat called a ganoe 20-25 years ago I loved that thing it looked just like your boat
airkraft1
airkraft1 - 5 years ago
+The Meat Trapper

Couldn't recall the spelling but loved the boat i think mine only drew 3" of water
airkraft1
airkraft1 - 5 years ago
+The Meat Trapper

Couldn't recall the spelling but loved the boat i think mine only drew 3" of water
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
Yep the Riverhawk people split off from gheenoe and formed their own company some years ago. Very similar molds.

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NSTRAPPERHUNTER
NSTRAPPERHUNTER - 5 years ago
That's just the type of boat I am looking for. How much does it weigh and is it plastic or fiberglass?
NSTRAPPERHUNTER
NSTRAPPERHUNTER - 5 years ago
Thanks
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
It weighs 100 pounds and is made of fiberglass. Here's a link: http://riverhawkboats.com/boats.htm
Wade Wittman
Wade Wittman - 5 years ago
have you ever seen the golden hawk canoe company? they make a very good and stable water trapping craft, check them out for the future. thanks for the vids and get out and fill them traps.
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
Will do. Thanks!
Wallace Vivian's Adventures
Wallace Vivian's Adventures - 5 years ago
nice looking boat you got there.it wont be long before you will have a few beavers in it.take care
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Wallace Vivian Yep - if you look at the first of the video you can see the peeled sticks floating right there at the boat ramp :)
Michael Marriam
Michael Marriam - 5 years ago
What a timely video. I have an Old Towne canoe that exhibits similar stability. it's pointed on both end and a little longer. Trouble is the sun has gotten to it and I need to replace it. How much does that one weigh?
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Michael Marriam This boat weighs right at 100 pounds. It's made of fiberglass and is pretty sturdy. I had an older duck boat skiff that had a "jello effect" when you walked around in it. This has a very solid feel. I load it in the back of my Ford Ranger, loading the square stern in first so it fits flush against the rear of the bed. The bow is the light end so I do not have to use my hitch extender to haul it. Just throw and go.
Ken Collins
Ken Collins - 5 years ago
I like it. There must be a reason you chose this over a canoe, can you tell me? Was it because you can put your motor on it?
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Ken Collins Great question. The primary reason was stability. I have been in square stern canoes, which can take the same motor (3 hp aircooled 2 stroke). Some of them have an even greater capacity and are lighter (this boat weighs 100 lbs). But no canoe I have ever been in is anyone close to this stable. A lot of guys who are into fishing big time will build an elevated platform to stand on and get greater height than can be achieved by standing on the seat area. I'm getting older and the water gets colder each year. I wanted to be able to lean over the side and pull beaver in rather than constantly get in and out. I also wanted to be able to stand up and shoot without any fear of going swimming.


They make a 15 footer which is bigger and better for 2 people, but you really need a trailer for the 15 footer. I wanted to be able to throw it in the back of the truck and didn't want to be limited to boat ramps to launch. Hope this helps explain my decision making process. I'll have a review of the motor soon - still working through some issues with it.
Yooper Digger57
Yooper Digger57 - 5 years ago
Nice boat would work great in the rivers up here what's the draft on it these rivers go shallow quick sometimes and the weight
Yooper Digger57
Yooper Digger57 - 5 years ago
thank you very much
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
Draft is 4 to 5 inches depending upon load.
gullars83
gullars83 - 5 years ago
Thats a cool new toy you got there mate! :)
gullars83
gullars83 - 5 years ago
Even better :)
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+gullars83 Yep - Not exactly a Viking raiding ship - but it'll hold beavers better than a kayak - and I don't have to paddle!
Luca Zenoni
Luca Zenoni - 5 years ago
tanks video
The Meat Trapper
The Meat Trapper - 5 years ago
+Luca Zenoni Thanks for watching!

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