New 2010 War Eagle 861 Predator with 115 Yamaha 4 Stroke
Here are some pictures of my new boat I picked up yesterday.
This is the 2010 War Eagle 861 Predator with 115 Yamaha 4 stroke. I purchased the boat from MS Marine in Tupelo and I am ready to get her on the water. I chose the War Eagle Predator after narrowing the top three including G-3 and Express because the War Eagle Predator seemed to be built with crappie fishingi as a purpose. Live wells are placed front and rear with an aerated bait well right on the front. Rod boxes were a major concern as I wanted to be able to put as many as 10 of the 12 ft poles and a few 10 ft poles in at one time and the Predator handles this with ease. I was also really impressed with the heavy build of the Predator.
I chose the Yamaha 115 4 stroke because I wanted maximum HP for the boat and Yamaha just seemed quieter and more smooth running. I have seen Yamaha stand behind their motors and I got this one with a 6 year warranty.
Another hard choice was where to but the boat. I chose MS Marine because their price was right in line with the other 5 quotes I got. I checked references from 3 other guys that got their boats there and they were perfect, nothing but good things to say. After all this I finally visited MS Marine and I can tell you will not find a friendlier bunch of guys. Bill Morgan handled my boat deal and simply put I got the feeling through the whole deal he wanted me to be completely happy not just satisfied. Hubert was the technician who rigged my boat and I can not say enough good things about this guy. Before rigging the boat I met with him and he had me sit in the boat and discuss where exactly I wanted everything. This is the first time I have had a boat professionally rigged and is the only way I will do it if I ever buy another one. Rod holders, onboard charger, depth finders, Trolling motor etc he did it all.
I will be checking all this new gear out over the next few weeks and will try to keep you guys updated on the performance and experience.
I added these options to the War Eagle 861 Predator:
Humminbird 1197 on the console
Minn-Kota 101 Terrova with I-pilot
Humminbird 797 to front
Minn-kota 4 bank charger
Rod holders (look like rockets launchers)
Oil Water separator
Fixed Tie Down straps