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Watercraft, Off-Road, and Accessories

Experiencing Alaska’s bounty sometimes requires off-road vehicles such as an ATV, side-by-side, or a boat. Here are our current favorite boats, off-road vehicles, and accessories.

SeaArk 2472 MV
seaarkboats.com
SeaArk Boats is known for building high-quality, tough, durable, and dependable jon boats. The 2472 MV is one of those models. Built from .125-gauge heavy-duty aluminum, featuring oversized extruded caprails, and 3/16-inch extruded keels, these boats are built for the wilds of Alaska. Customize your boat with a wide range of accessories including cabins, fuel systems, ATV ramps, ice runners, and livewells. There are plenty of options to create a boat built for a lifetime.

SeaArk 2472 MV
Hobie Mirage Outback
alaskaraftandkayak.com
This is the first major redesign of the Hobie Mirage Outback in more than ten years. The Hobie Mirage Outback is a true fishing machine for trolling for salmon in the ocean, stalking rainbows on a Mat-Su lake, and a whole lot more. An extra-wide standing platform provides an improved casting deck and improves sightfishing ability. New for 2019, their Guardian Transducer Shield provides multidimensional views below your kayak, standard on all new Hobie Outback and Pro Angler models. A new and improved Vantage CTW seat provides extra width for comfort. Four molded-in rod holders, multiple deluxe H-Track mounts, and numerous large storage compartments are some of the features that make kayak fishing easier. The MirageDrive 180 with ARC Cranks and Turbo Fins now come standard on all Outbacks resulting in speed, stealth, and versatility. A Kick-Up Rudder system with dual steering capabilities helps combat drift and makes navigating in tight water doable. There are loads of improvements on this new Hobie Mirage Outback. Check them out at Alaska Raft and Kayak on Tudor Road in Anchorage.
Hobie Mirage Outback
Honda Marine BF40 and BF50 Outboard Motors
honda.com
The Honda Marine BF40 and BF50 outboard motors provide the perfect balance of powerful acceleration and best-in-class fuel efficiency for both freshwater and saltwater applications. The duo’s in-line, three-cylinder engines feature Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) as well as several Honda-exclusive technologies including the patented Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system, which advances ignition timing for explosive ‘hammer-down’ acceleration, and Lean Burn Control that adjusts the air/fuel mixture for maximum fuel efficiency at cruise. Among the lightest outboards in their class, the 214-pound BF40 and BF50 EFI motors feature a lightweight, 22-amp alternator that offers best-in-class 17-amp charging capacity for multiple electronic accessories. The BF40 and BF50 models also include a new freshwater water flushing hose on the water jacket cover, have reduced engine vibration at idling compared with the previous models, and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) certification.

Rogue Jet Boatworks Landing Craft
www.roguejet.com
The Rogue Jet Boatworks Landing Craft has become an all-around favorite for outdoorsmen, law enforcement, and commercial users. It is available in lengths from 20- to 28 feet. The bow door is wide enough to accommodate a side-by-side utility vehicle. The interior can be designed with a center console or rear cabin as pictured. Power options include either outboard prop or jet drive, or inboard jet drive. Whether boating on rivers, lakes, or the ocean, the drop-bow landing craft is right at home.
SeaArk 1860 MVJT
www.seaarkboats.com
The 1860 MVJT is just one in the line-up of many jet-tunnel hulls made by SeaArk. It features a jet-tunnel hull that is designed to be used with an outboard jet-drive engine mounted so the intake is higher than the bottom of the boat, which allows for extreme shallow-water access. Built tough and rugged like all SeaArk boats, it is available with a variety of options and accessories making it the perfect boat for any shallow-water operation.
TEMPRESS ProBax Orthopedic Captain’s Seat
www.tempress.com
TEMPRESS has teamed up with leading USA spinal surgeons and ergonomic experts to create the only seat on the market clinically proven to provide optimal long-term back and upper-body support. This sleek new seat comes with patented base and back DUAL CORE foam packs to help reduce the risk of muscle strain and disc problems in the lower back. All TEMPRESS seats are made in Dallas, TX.

Clackacraft 17-foot Magnum Power Drifter
www.clacka.com
This boat combines the benefits of a power boat and drift boat. The hull planes easily and allows you to drive to the top of your desired run, jump on the oars and make a drift, and then power back up and try it again. That’s a really nice capability in places like the middle Kenai where anglers work runs repeatedly before moving to another location. This boat also makes it easier to launch from the lower Skilak Lake campground and motor to the river or to launch from the upper Skilak Lake campground and motor to where the Kenai dumps into Skilak. It’s got a 17-foot centerline, 78-inch beam, 54-inch bottom width, weighs about 600 pounds and can handle a 35 HP jet outboard.
LeeLock #SP-01 1/2-Inch Side Pull Lock Unit
www.leelock.com
The unit bolts onto the gunwale tray of your drift boat and gives you a much easier and safer way to secure your anchor line and eliminate the need for a traditional jam cleat. Best of all it prevents accidental anchor release. It is constructed of 1/4-inch aluminum and is anodized to prevent corrosion and keep it looking good and functioning perfectly for years. This lock is designed to be used with most 7/16- to 1/2-inch anchor lines. It is supplied with two mounting hole patterns to ensure it will fit your boat.
Fish Fighter Products Quick Mount System
www.fishfighterproducts.com
The Fish Fighter Products Quick Mount System allows you to change from your electric trolling motor to your Anchor Nest in seconds. The Quick Mount System not only allows you to swap from one accessory to another, it is lockable to help prevent theft. Made from marine-grade plastic and reinforced with aluminum, the Quick Mount will work with long-shaft high-thrust electric trolling motors and anchors up to 40 pounds. Like all Fish Fighter Products the Quick Mount System is designed to last for decades. Best of all, they make it in the USA.
Can Am Defender
www.teamcc.com

This side-by-side comes in a range of body styles from the compact Defender to the 6-seat Defender Max HT. All feature heavy-duty Rotax engines (three options to choose from), have been designed to handle narrow trails with a tight turning radius, incorporate a cargo bed well-suited to a range of hauling needs, including gear and game, and are built for safety with a roll cage. These machines would work well to get anglers and hunters into the backcountry. Visit Team CC in Eagle River or Wasilla to get a look at these workhorses.

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