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Old 06-23-2009   #1
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16' 6'' foot boat in Browns Canyon

My friend is thinking about buying bucket boat 16' 6" in length and the width, top of tube to tube is 92" inside width is 72". Is this too big for the Arkansas? Would be great for multi days in the desert but were not sure about smaller mountain rivers i.e. Arkansas, Eagle etc. Thanks for your reply.

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Old 06-23-2009   #2
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I routinely row my 16' vanguard on Browns. No prob's as long as you're heads up. Rowed Avon to Edwards on the Eagle with it last month, without issues, but the length makes it a less "fun" up-and-down boat. The waves are too short for much rocking forward and back. Bucket boat? Hmmm... bitch to bail on Ark/Eagle.

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Old 06-24-2009   #3
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It would be fine at high water, but a bitch at low water. Too many rocks to get hung up on. We rafted Browns last year late in the season in a couple of 14'ers. I get pinned in pinball for a few minutes, and the other raft got pinned below widowmaker. We needed to do a z-drag on him to free him.
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Old 06-24-2009   #4
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Not too big

16 foot boat is fine....since it's a bucket make sure he has buckets (and someone to operate them).

My gramps/pops used to row an 18'er (bucket) down Browns/Ark back in the can be done.....even at lower flows (but there's definitely a higher cut-off).
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