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Old 10-17-2009   #1
Buena Vista, Colorado
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9' 7" tributary s.b. or other options?

I'm looking for a small playboat to run rivers in low water. I want a small stable raft that can go through the small narrow slots during the off season. I plan to paddle with 2-3 people or use a small frame and use it for a two person fishing boat. If you have paddled this boat or any other boats that would fit this scenario I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share the pro/cons, other boats that would fit the bill or any other thoughts. Thanks.

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Old 10-19-2009   #2
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mini me MAX

I have a 10.5' hyside mini me max. Its a great little boat that seems stable in bigger water but is very manoverable for lower waters. Awesome boat to R2. I just got a frame for it and took it on a 2 day fishing on the upper c. It held 2 people a and all the needed gear with ease.

Fishing from the 10.5 boat is a little tight so i think if you are going to want to fish from your boat alot i would look into a little bigger boat, but if your looking to do more paddling then little racecar boats are tons of fun.

Hope that helped a little. Good luck.

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Old 10-19-2009   #3
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Fishing would be better from a Super Puma. The Super Puma is longer(13'), but a similiar width to the 10' Trib, but it quite a bit more expensive.

If this is a second boat go with the Trib. But if you are going to use it for several things I would look at the Super Puma or similiar for versatility.
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Old 10-19-2009   #4
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I have a tributary sb 12, I use a small frame set up, it handles just fine and may give you what you are looking for at a very reasonable price, like the super puma its made by aire and comes with a decent warranty that aire is great in backing! if you have the extra money a super Puma has a higher denier count and comes with a bit more protection (skid protection on the bottom), at the time of purchase I was unable to spare the X-tra cash for the Super puma, but that would have been my first choice..have had my trib for 2 years and its in awesome shape!
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Old 10-20-2009   #5
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Second the Hyside Mini-Max. Unfortunately, I have to sell mine. In like new condition. I pm'd you if interested. Pains me to sell.
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Old 10-20-2009   #6
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I have an older NRS SB Raft that's just under 10' long, about 6' wide with two thwarts. Similar in design to the following:

9'6" Otter Livery 96 Rafts - Std.

It works great as R2 and is highly manuverable but feels small with more than 2 adults - at least those of my size. I prefer to R2 riding the tube one leg in, one leg out. No room for me to do that in the bow or stern - as you can see in the link above as the thwarts leave little room in the bow/stern.

I have a frame (54" wide) that works great. My 3 boys fit great on the front bench (picture below) but it can be snug for an adult to ride on the front bench (missing in photo) depending on the size of the rider - let alone two riders.

I took the raft and frame down the Middle Fork of the Salmon this summer in early June (medium high flow) for a friend to row and the raft did great. We only had one rower and no riders, with a 5 gallon water jug and two drybags in the bow for some additional weight. It flipped twice, but that was due to user error hitting the meat in Velvet and Devil's Tooth.

The raft is small enough it's easy to self correct - numerous flips on the Middle Fork were avoided by digging in an oar and giving a forward or reverse pull.
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