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Old 08-17-2008   #11
 
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For a full-on Grand trip (18-21 days) you'll need food, beer, camp gear, etc, which is a pretty big heap of stuff. If you're running with a bunch of sweetheart big-boat mates who are willing to haul your weight (and rescue as necessary) then go for it in the wee bucket.

But be prepared to do your share and bit more in camp work, and thank them regularly. You might even want to shout some extra beer for the trip. Rowing an 18-footer heavily loaded is no picnic. That is, somebody has to carry your freight, and you'd best have an explicit understanding about that before starting the trip.

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Like chip said: Just act and expect to be treated like a kayaker. You just might make mvp as swimmer pick up below big rapids.
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Bucket Buster

There is a solar powered bailer called a "Bucket Buster", it works well even in muddy water. I think you can find it at www.raftinstyle.com but it is expensive. You could make your own cheaper if you are handy. I work in the Canyon and rairly see that size boat but every time I do, the people on it say it's great. Good luck.
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man, sounds like allot of work if that electric bilge pump fails or can't keep up. i've had to empty a few bucket boats that were full of water to the top of the tubes. it sucks allot. and in the GC it only takes one or two waves to get you there.

my first raft was a 11 ft riken bucket boat and the first day out was a super easy,low water II-III on the Tieton. the two up front just bailed constantly. that was the only trip i did with the thing. just too much work. still had fun but it was obvious there are better and more enjoyable ways to roll. sold it a few weeks later and upgraded.
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Actually I cant think of a better boat than a heavily loaded 18 footer for the grand canyon.
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