Many boat users over time have asked me:
What are the advantages of owning a Panga compared to any other type of boat?
There is no simple answer to this question as it all comes down to personal preference, fishing preference and how the boat is used. To determine if a Panga boat is the right choice, here are five of the most important advantages Pangas have over other types of boats:
Panga boats are rugged and tough. They have been beaten and abused over time by commercial fishermen and have held extremely well to the demand of these guys. They have taken them far from shore into the open ocean and brought them back home safely a countless number of times! These fishermen go through break-bars that are used for surfing and still manage to go over the waves every time. There is no question about a Panga holding up in the sport-fishing world!
2. Exceptionally Efficient
One of the most important qualities that the Panga boat has over other boats is its running efficiency. A 25-foot Panga will run with a 90HP outboard engine, fully loaded and still managing over 5MPG! I have experienced Panga boats getting even upward of 8MPG which is impressive when you factor in the cost of fuel when going fishing. You will spend 30% of fuel compared to a v-hull boat.
If you trailer your boat long distances for different adventures, this is a BIG deal! The lighter the boat, the easier and cost-effective it is to tow. This also means that Panga boats are easier to manage by yourself at the boat ramp.
Not only this, but it factors into running efficiency as well and favors the ride. Panga boats do not ride through the waves but on top of them. Being light weight increases the effectiveness of the ride, better fuel efficiency and faster plane time.
4. Ease of Maintenance
There are two sides to this advantage:
a. Panga boats are very easy to clean. The inside of an Authentic Panga boat is rugged. Stains and scratches are hidden easily, no need to wax and buff the inside of the boat as there are no shiny spots! These are fishing machines!
b. Isn´t it less expensive to run and service a 3 cylinder or 4 cylinder engine than a V8 engine? Less oil, spark plugs and even anodes to change! These can add up fast! And since Pangas do not need a large engine to run, you don’t need these 800lbs engines hanging from the back! All you need is an 115HP engine!
Personally, I like to go on diverse fishing expeditions, sometimes offshore, other times shallow flats. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest attributes Panga boats have:
High bow for offshore capability and shallow draft for exploring the flats!
Why get stuck at home when there is no chance of going offshore because of heavy winds and currents? Or why must you lose the chance to go after sailfish, tunas or dolphin offshore? Or an adventure to the Bahamas or Dry Tortugas on a good day?
This was very apparent to me at the end of last year when I had a few days off and wanted to go fishing. I tried offshore on the 25th of December with no luck, the wind was blowing from the north and my 22 is just not too comfortable on 8-foot seas so I decided to go down to the 10K Islands and try my luck there. I fished that day next to flatboats and when it was time to come back home, with heavy chop seas beneath my hull, my Uforia Panga was doing 25kts while the rest of the flatboats could not go very fast or comfy.
The bottom line is: if you like versatility, freedom and having the possibility of going offshore and inshore while still not breaking the bank, or your back washing, cleaning, and waxing, then a Panga is the right boat for you!
You can find more information on Uforia Pangas at www.UforiaMarine.com