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New 2010 War Eagle 861 Predator with 115 Yamaha 4 Stroke

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By Ray - Posted on 04 February 2010

Here are some pictures of my new boat I picked up yesterday.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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I added these options to the War Eagle 861 Predator:
Humminbird 1197 on the console
Minn-Kota 101 Terrova with I-pilot
Hydraulic Steering
Humminbird 797 to front
Minn-kota 4 bank charger
Rod holders (look like rockets launchers)
Oil Water separator
Fixed Tie Down straps
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mchappy's picture

Super FINE!!! Congrats I know you are a proud man!!!

FISHINGOOD's picture

Ray was just lookin at you new boat, NICE,Uh where is the transponder for you 1157? Can't see it on the back of the boat.

Ray's picture

Fishinggood it is on the back and I need to get a picture of it because I came up with a great way to mount them and now that I know it works I will post some pictures in a couple of days.


Big Papa's picture

Nice boat Ray. I gave Bill a call to check on one for me, that is if the BOSS will approve. Got a few questions if you have time e-mail me


rdendy's picture

That sure is a nice boat Ray *Congrats*. I'll know the boat to follow around now - LOL

Ramm's picture

explain the trolln motor

Ray's picture

Hey Brian. There will be much to come on this Terrova with I-pilot when I get it out on the water for testing but here is what it is billed as. The Terrova with I-pilot has an integrated GPS receiver built into the head. This will allow for automatic operation of the trolling motor to include:
Record and track back a route at user defined speed. So I should be able to record a track I want to troll and using GPS speed and position control the trolling motor will carry me back down that track regardless of wind or current conditions.
Spot Lock is a feature used when you want to hold on a position you just press this button and the trolling motor uses GPS to hold you within 5 feet of that position hands free.
Advanced Auto Pilot- with the press of a button the trolling motor uses an internal compass to hold that heading and speed compensating for wind and current.
As I said I will be running the Terrova 101 with I-pilot over the next few weeks and reporting on the functionality.


katfish76's picture

Where's the Crappie stickers?

Chris "Katfish" Johnson
Professional Fishing & Duck Hunting Guide
Tn River Guide Service

Ray's picture

Just about to order the new stickers.


danny malone's picture

yes a very nice boat! but most of all what does the better-half and Tyler have to say?

Ray's picture

They are both all excited about getting out in it.


tnjeff's picture

Super Nice!!!!


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