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Old 11-01-2011   #11
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Gang, I've got the situation covered now. Thanks for all the input, I have some things to chew on over the winter now on buying my own raft... As for the Canyon, I got hooked up from a friend with Jack's Plastic 18ft El Tigre to row myself and my lady down the river.

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Old 11-01-2011   #12
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You will love the Jacks boat. Mine is a 16' which is perfect for just about any river. The 18er is a big boat and will punch through a lot of stuff. Be careful to not overload it though. Have a great trip.

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Old 11-01-2011   #13
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Good decision. With twelve people, you'll probably have more weight per boat than a 16 person trip, as there are less boats to divide necessary group gear among. We are poor and decided to stretch our budget with an 18 foot rental last March and we agreed it's the only way we'll do it from now on. The size is comforting, and actually will handle better than an over-loaded 14 foot boat. Plus you won't have to play Tetris every morning to try to get everything to fit in your little boat. Don't worry, it's not too big, it's really the perfect size. I would encourage others in your group to do the same so you're not the gear pig for a bunch of little boats.

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