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Old 05-09-2010   #11
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I have a 16.5 JPW El Tigre. It's a battleship, with equal weight it drafts less than an 18 Aire Leopard. However, I took it down the Lochsa at cranking high water with me and 2 passenger, and nothing else the thing was squirrelly as hell, spent at least 30 seconds in Lochsa Falls surfing, spinning, and systematically ejecting, 2 of 3 people, but never flipped. On the other hand with a load it has, knock on wood, punched any hole I have ever put it in.

I'd recommend a big diameter cat with blunt nose cones, an 18 foot cat with pointy tips does nothing for load capacity compared to a 16 foot with blunt ends. 2 more feet means you are more prone to starting to graze rocks and start spinning off line in low water rock gardens.

here's a pic: 700 beers, 180qt cooler, 4 kayakers gear, huge drybox, propane, etc... I am guessing in the 2000lb range without the passengers. 12 foot frame, and still had 6 inches from frame to water. Thing was a pig, but all I had to go was go straight.
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