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Old 03-17-2014   #11
San Juan Islands, Washington
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I have a Lynx II that we use regularly in salt water around the San Juan Islands, It's not the most efficient boat to paddle on flat water but I've convinced myself that it's good exercise. I originally bought it thinking that I could use it as a solo and tandem boat on rivers but figured out it was just too big (and stable) to be much fun as a solo whitewater boat. I put another set of straps/seat clips so it only takes a second to convert it to a solo boat if I want to take a quick paddle by myself. I've never fished out of it but I have used it for crabbing and never had a problem.

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Old 03-17-2014   #12
Enfield, New Hampshire
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Just bite the bullet and get an AIRE. It will last long after you decide to stop boating and the resale is like a Toyota or Honda. My friend and I sort of share an old model Force which we bought in the mid nineties and have done everything possible in it and it looks like its just a couple of years old . Another bud of mine has a lynx which he lost on the river and then found it stashed away in the bushes by some good samaritan after a whole summer and part of fall and it was still as tightly inflated as the day he lost it.I also had Trib Strike from 08-12 and it was awesome in every way till I sold it to get a hardshell.

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Old 03-17-2014   #13
Grand Junction, Colorado
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My 2 cents the SE 370 is fun and all but not very durable Ive had 4 in my life time ud be patching it half the time pony up some cash for something tougher!
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Old 03-18-2014   #14
Nashville, Tennessee
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I am thinking about going with the aire tributary tomcat, I want one to last for years. going to rent a tandem and solo to see which we want to go with.
Is self bail where it is always open to let water out? Will you be sitting in water the whole time? On the nantahala?
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Old 03-18-2014   #15
Eagle, Idaho
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Don't forget that most if not all of the Aire and Tributary IK's can be set up with a pocket for a removable skeg, which will help a ton on lakes. One of my friends has 2 and got that option on both of them. And if you buy one used you can retrofit it.
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Old 03-18-2014   #16
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Originally Posted by nashwillisX View Post
Will you be sitting in water the whole time? On the nantahala?
When I use my Sotar solo boat there's always some water on the floor where I'm sitting. On flat water the seat is dry on the Lynx II using it as a tandem or solo boat, but I do usually wear at least a pair of splash pants to keep the 48* water off my legs.
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Old 03-18-2014   #17
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I have both a Tomcat tandem (7 years old) and a Sawtooth 1, which is also plenty big to use as a tandem. The Sawtooth is an amazing touring IK, and will simply run circles around the Tomcat out on a lake. I have added the skeg pocket to my Tomcat myself (very simple), and it does help a lot for touring. It works just fine for flatwater, but it is really designed as a whitewater boat with a flat, stable bottom as opposed to the V-shaped hull on the Sawtooth. The Tomcat has been down pretty much every major river in Oregon and Idaho (with the skeg removed, of course), usually piloted by a kid or a novice, and has performed flawlessly. Sure, it's been flipped a bunch, but that's part of the fun. I've never had to do any repairs, and other than some fading from the sun (even with copious amounts of 303 the first gen. red Tomcats you see out there are all pink colored now). For the money, I don't really think you can beat a Tributary, and for how you plan on using it, the Tomcat Tandem would be an excellent all-around choice.

Check out The Boat People - Inflatable Kayak & Raft Specialists website if you want to read up on IKs- their website is a treasure trove of good information on most of the options out there.
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Old 03-21-2014   #18
Nashville, Tennessee
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NRS Bandit - Mountain Buzz Gear Swap
What do you guys think about the nrs bandit?

Or should I wait for a tributary tomcat?
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Old 03-21-2014   #19
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The Bandit would be a fun single on a river. Probably slow and squirly on flat water. And if you have wind, really hard to battle. Can't comment on the build quality or materials. But nrs stuff is highly regarded.

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