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I recently downsized from a 1648 jet boat for lakes to a journey 11’6. Its feels just as spacious as the 16 foot. Super stable and very quite boat when anchored. The dog loves the huge platform at the front and lays up there with the wife while fishing and i get the back all to my self 👍. For how big the boat is, it is surprisingly not that heavy. I load it on and off my boat rack by myself.
Thanks for the feedback Trevor! The fishing real estate created by the layout of these boats and the stability are two of it's best features. So glad you, your wife and Fido are enjoying it! 🙂
I purchased my boat last year and have since had the time to give it a thorough workout. I can't say enough about these boats! Right from day one the service was excellent with the sales contact being very knowledgeable and taking the time to work with me to ensure I understood all the options so I was able to choose the items that worked for my needs. Upon picking up the boat it was on time and exactly as described. The layout makes the boat very spacious and the 96 is more than adequate for two people, even with a good amount of gear. On the water it performs well with a 9.9 outboard and rows well when I don't want to use the motor. The movable/adjustable seating system is a must and I love the one piece floor mat & external oar hangers. The only negative thing I can say is that I wish they were offered in more locations than just Kamloops, but I can confirm that it is worth the trip.
Thank you so much for your thoughts Frank. It was a pleasure working with you and we are very glad that you are happy with the boat! Tight lines ... 🙂
Design fit and fabrication of this boat are good. The boat does not leak but the quality of the welds are poor.
As per our conversation we understand that you believe that the boat should be TIG welded. Based on the materials and build process we disagree and believe that warranty claims, which are virtually zero, support our choice. But thank you for your comment as knowing what others think, good and bad, keeps us on our toes and always striving to improve. We also appreciate your thoughts regarding design, fit and fabrication. We put a lot of thought and time into what we believe to be an optimal design/layout for fishermen and women and are glad to hear that it is paying off! Tight lines ... 🙃
On Oct. 3 I drove to Kamloops from Cranbrook BC to pick up my new 9-6 Journey boat. My friend and I drove from his place in Kamloops to pick the boat up. When we arrived at Journey Industries Kelly was waiting for us to answer any questions I had about the boat. Thanks Kelly for your awesome help with everything. Kelly even helped us put the boat on for us. Greatly appreciated. Rob and I texted each other many times as I had lots of questions for him. I really appreciated Robs help with quite a few items that I was not sure about, Rob answered all my questions. He also recommended a few things for me like the infinity seating. This system is fabulous , as I got to try out the new boat on my favourite lake the next day. It was either the boat or maybe it was me I am not sure. I caught 4 fish that day with the biggest fish weighing in at 6 lbs. I did look at other boats but none of them matched the pricing or the quality of the Journey boat. Very very comfortable. Thanks again gentle men. I will keep in touch in the future. Thanks SK from Cranbrook BC
Thanks for the feedback Stephen! Glad to hear that you are happy with everything! Now please email GPS coordinates to where you were fishing ASAP! 😉 Tight lines .......
Before my purchase, I looked at every Jon style boat available, and have extensively used a Spratley in the past. After careful consideration, and in speaking with other flyfishermen in the area, I went with the Journey.
Having just taken delivery of the 11-6, I was immediately impressed with the look and style of the boat, with the floating bench seats and clean lines. During the ordering process Rob was incredibly helpful with which options would be best for me specifically. Being an avid flyfisherman himself, his knowledge of what flyfishermen are looking for in a flat bottom boat was so advantageous, and you can tell that his input in the boat design was taken into account. Any protrusions that inevitably catch fly lines are minimized, and a nice sturdy, generous front bench provides a great casting platform. I went with the IPS seat system, and the first trip I knew that was the right decision, I can place a seat on all, or even none of the benches, and anywhere from left to right. I've had the boat on the water for two days now and I'm extremely impressed. The boat handled a 9.9HP with ease and felt very solid at full speed, even with a bit of a chop, I didnt feel any twisting at all. One big thing for me was the bottom of the boat while anchored. The floor was completely solid with no "tin canning" at all when you walk around. The other nice feature is the rear seat is pushed right to the back of the boat which maximizes the space between the middle bench and the back of the boat, giving an angler lots of room. Even with the bench right at the back, it is a very comfortable seating position for driving the boat (providing you steer with your left hand like me).
One note I can't stress enough, even though this boat is specified at 11-6, don't assume it feels smaller, the layout of the boat makes it at least as roomy as other 12' boats, if not roomier. I could not be more happy with my purchase!
Thanks for taking the time to post a review Brian! It was a pleasure working with you guys to get the boat optimized for BC Interior stillwater fishing! 🙂
I got my new 9.5 Journey boat at the end of February and after 3 months of fishing I could not be happier. It is incredibly stable, handles better than I expected in the wind and a joy to fish from. I had originally intended to buy a Spratley, but this boat is just as well built and it has a front seat, which my wife loves. The custom release seat brackets work really well. Thank you Kelly for building such a fine boat, and Rob for excellent service with the purchase.
Yup, super stable, 3 benches, drain port/plug included, a 100% flat floor, under seat storage, functional accessories and the best handling flat bottom in wind & chop that we've ever experienced! And you are very welcome Fred, it was a pleasure working with you! Thank you for your review.
Purchased the 11-6 Journey in early May as scheduled,using the new purchase the first time last week. First impressions I was delighted with the stability and the overall roominess. The 5 year old bounced around from seat to seat with no issues. The only real issue was the 3 seat IPSS system and the 2 grandkids / daughter each tumbled forward and not recognizing it is a 3 position system. Really liked the fish finder transducer rear setup and the flexible rod holder feature. The under the seat rear for my 9.9 gas tank, etc was perfect and the width of the stern gave me ample room for for my 9.9 and 55 Minn Kota electric. However, something to consider the boat could use a rear connection of some sort to chain and lock my aux motor. I chained via the rear lift handle which works ok. The middle under seat was also useful for storage and in my case I placed the electric motor battery. Overall I am pleasantly pleased with the boat along with the separate purchase of a Jon boat cover and a Karavan trailer specifically built for Jon boats. Overall very pleased with this purchase and the boat is dialled in for fishing in comfort. Oh one more thing, the 2 locking latches for the rear wheels are missing but I did have 1 around for installing the transducer.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts Jim! We will be adding an outboard lock loop to the accessories list soon as this now has been requested from a few different folks. As well our strap kit for the IP Seat System is also almost ready to go for those that want it. Overall it sounds like you're having a blast! Cheers to years of fun in your new Journey!
We just finished our 1st fishing trip with our 9' 6" Journey. We are absolutely loving it. With our previous 12' car Sears (Harbercraft) my wife had little room at the front, her lines would frequently tangle around stuff in the boat front and if I didn't warn her I was casting she would end up grabbing the gunnel to prevent going in the lake. Now she has lots of space, the boat is very stable (even at shore when putting on the Merc 9.9, it is rock solid), and stepping in/out of the boat is so much easier. If we were to fall in the lake I know we could get ourselves back in this boat. It is a foot shorter than the Spratley we were eyeing, but has 115 lbs more capacity and allows for 1 more passenger. We took our adult son out fishing (men casting; wife sitting on middle seat netting fish) and found it so much better than in our old 12 foot boat. We had to get a boat loader, though, because my back and age are working against me. The extra 25 pounds on a shorter boat made this necessary. (You have to lift more of the boat’s weight if it is shorter). At one point I was concerned about the infinite position seat system, which had both my wife and my son taking a spill in the boat as they exited on 2 different occasions. This was because they used it for support, forgetting that it only gives support in 3 directions. I suggested to my wife that we install permanent mounts, but she said no. She loves the flexibility in positioning and has adapted to the seats. Once you get used to the idea that the seats support you in just 3 directions it isn’t a problem. While sitting with your feet on the boat’s bottom it is stable. My other concern was how the boat would handle white caps. There is no doubt our old boat was better in rough water, but with my wife moving to the middle seat to bring up the bow we plowed through the rough water fine. Our 9.9 Merc can get us up planing on smoother water, but I have to lean forward to get us up before I can sit back for the ride. The added weight of a Minn Kota electric and battery (under back seat) make this necessary. We also strap a double rod holding tube (extra rods set up for fishing deep with strike indicator) and oars to the inside of the boat with a bungy cord. When I first got the boat, on close inspection I noticed that the seat welds were just barely noticeable on the outside of the boat. I am told this will not be visible once the boat ages. My main concern was the quality of the welds. I couple of welder friends had a look and said the welds looked very good. The welds aren't as smooth as those on a Spratley, but they are covered with a gray caulking so it looks fine. Finally, I have to thank Rob of Journey Boats for his support during and after our boat construction. Great customer service!
Thank you taking the time to submit a review Bob! We are not happy that your wife and son took a tumble, but are glad to hear that it was when trying to use the seats as a support and not while sitting as since we have lowered the center of gravity on the IPSS we had not heard of any more seat tipping issues. Regardless we are going to continue to try and improve on the design so thank you for letting us know. Sounds like you have that 96 loaded up pretty good and still have room for 3 thanks to the under seat storage at the back. That was part of the design plan and it's nice to see that you are taking full advantage of it! With respect to handling rough water you are correct that it will not handle like a V Hull but it's the best we've seen in a flat bottom. The welds that you are describing as "not smooth" are spot welds as opposed continuous ... which without getting into the details here are a design consideration that serve a purpose. Happy to hear that a couple welding pros have checked them out for you and given them a thumbs up! The outer coating does help with esthetics but is also part of the design. As for customer service ... it's easy for two reasons: 1) the boats speak for themselves and 2) I could talk fishing for hours! 🙂 Tight lines Bob ...
I'm into my second year of owning my 9'6" Journey Boat and I still absolutely LOVE IT! The only downside, which really has nothing to do with the boat, was that I had nowhere to put my oars? They fit well acorss the benches but are in the way. I tried putting them under the seats but because of their length it's a pain to make the right angle to tuck them under. I knew something had to be done for 2019 and so before I went and started trying to figure things out for myself I talked to Journey Boats and they set me up with a preliminary trial run of oar holders that they have been working on that hold the oars in tight along each side, on the outside, of the boat. I have been using them for almost two months now and many days out on the water and all I can say is they have been everything I was hoping for! I have been able keep the oars out of my boat and out my way while fishing and have been able to minimize the clutter of junk in the boat which makes for a far more pleasant outing on the water, it makes for a far better set up and utilization of space! However, I do tend to worry that one day I could potentially lose one in the lake when pulling an oar out as they are basically just tightly fitted to hook on the sides while gravity and friction does their thing. But mine was just the 1st trial run and Rob has told me the finished product will come equipped with some sort of fastener to secure the holder in place. Just wanted to say to both Rob and Kelly thanks a ton and keep up the good work! Five Star set up for any interior Stillwater flyfisher I simply can't say enough good things about my experience and purchase with Journey, Thanks a ton Guys! Fish on!
So glad the prototypes are working for you Evan! And you are correct, the final design includes a locking mechanism to secure the holder to the boat rail. Our hope was to have these out by now but the boats have been keeping us busy lol. Hopefully not much longer! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!
What started out as a conversation about the infinite seat system turned into discussions about the 11'6' journey boat. The advice provided by the staff was invaluable. We had a bunch of phone calls and emails back and forth - giving me lots of excellent information and ideas. Really, the voices of experience. The staff has your best interests at heart. Their design is pretty close to perfect and they have thought of just about everything. The materials used are thicker than everyone else and the workmanship is excellent. Now, if I can just convince my wife to let me buy it... was all ready to order one, but... But if you're looking for a job boat, this is the one. Thanks guys
I'm sure we'll see you soon Lorne, thanks for the service review!
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