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Old 03-25-2011   #21
Ashland and Lake Almanor, state of jefferson
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I would have to call bullshit on that 1500 pound load capacity, your d-rings would be under water or right at the water level. We rock the 15'5'' Legend with an aluminum predator frame, two dry boxes and 120 qt. yetti cooler and she gets over loaded quick. I haul one girl and her dresser. We love the setup and would buy it again.
That said, I just picked her up an AIRE ocelot with a DRE frame for dirt cheap. She thinks its all her but I am really just trying to lighten up my load.
last year sotar was like 3 months out to have a boat built

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Old 03-25-2011   #22
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WOO-HOO, It's a done deal. They did say they were booked until mid June, but I should have my legend on my door step by May 1st!! I haven't smiled this much since the first time I....

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Old 03-25-2011   #23
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You made up your mind, so I'm not gonna go on about the four Jack's cats I run. Just ordered a fifth pair of Jack's tubes to build a research boat for channel mapping.

To get some exact values on tube diameter, length and draft, check out the Jack's website for a table of the draft for each diameter and length. You can use it to figure out loads and drafts for tubes by other makers. If you care about handling, the max load waterline should be about 1/3 of the diameter (e.g. for 24-inch tubes, an 8-inch draft).
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Old 03-25-2011   #24
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Aire Lion

People I know that have the 16-foot Aire Lion love it for a gear hauler, extended trip cat. Great low water boat too - big tubes little draft. And you can't beat Aire's warranty.
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Old 03-26-2011   #25
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Letting it "aire" out. What an amazing piece of American craftsmanship!!
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Old 03-27-2011   #26
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Originally Posted by BmfnL View Post
I popped for the royal flush last year. Love it. The tubes have some early rise at each end, but I would not say they are "rockered". It's fun to have the cargo capacity of a 16' yet, with a 34" frame (tube to tube), being able to squeeze her into places a small cat goes. It is a very versatile boat. The 10 year warranty doesn't hurt either. Made in the USA!
Looks like your passenger could use a foot bar in front?
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Old 03-27-2011   #27
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Ha! I have a new DRE trailer frame on the way! They are adding a footbar as wide as my tubes are apart. It will drop of the front cross of the trailer at a 45. They are charging $60 or so for the customization. I think that's mighty reasonable.

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