No they are not self-bailing: everything you said pretty much seems right on
Originally Posted by cayo 2
Those Alpacas are sweet for carrying into remote areas ,light[4 lbs.] and compact + huge tubes = forgiving...That video looked fun ,nice little creek too,but you could see it was hard to keep the boat straight and you get back endered on big pour overs because you sit so far back.It is so buoyant and blunt that you don;t go deep at all.I would say they are 2/3 's ducky one third tube.
There are big differences among duckies ; bigger tubes and wider equals forgiving,smaller duckies require more skill. ....You start pushing it too far you may as well kayak since you need skills anyway and are more exposed when self rescuing or swimming than when rolling, it is easier to get out of pins and is the easiest boat for others to chase down. .
Guess I am pretty much interested in pioneering a new boat and finding its limits and looking for others who are doing same. They are surprisingly durable - but I think, since I was never a hardshell boater -- at least not in this century -- I don't really know how to hardshell boat. And my experience in the IKs was that I had trouble getting them to turn as quickly as I was used to in a packraft.
The Media Feliz boys (videos of: Dingford, Salt, Lime, Fossil) are hucking and falling, and Hig and Erin (Ground Truth Trekking Blog
) are "sea-rafting", but big rivers and technical creeks appeal more to me: stuff that takes seeing/finding and especially holding thin lines. I'm too old, brittle, and testosterone dried to huck! And (maybe nervous to admit here) like to walk 'till my feet hurt then boat 'till the view from the water's boring me.
So for long walks combined with water to Class III+ or IV- (too much technical boating and the load needs to be really light) the packraft's cool. Becaause so few people are doing it, it's hard to know what the really good palces to do it might be.
Escalante, Dirt Devil, Canyonlands Rivers (Green & CO), Cataract Canyon are all turning into popular packraft spots, I hear.