Originally Posted by mdconner
What's my best bet? A small (12'-13') raft with a light weight frame and no anchor or 12' to 14' tubed cataraft rigged to haul gear.
Here's a thread I started on the sort of boat you're talking about
More Games with Frames
Here's a copy of a post on the cat I built for carry-in approaches and backpack takeouts, and low-water multi-day trips. It's also pretty sweet for solo playboating in high water.
Scroll through the thread for specs and details.
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New Light Cat Frame
We finally got enough water to go. Here's the wee cat rigged and ready to launch. Total weight of the frame (with floor, stands, locks, and seat) ended up at 47.5 lb. One of my favorite runs has a steep carry from the takeout, and my old frame kept gaining weight, year by year.
Tubes are Jack's Cutthroat (12.5' x 16") with 4 dees per side. The oars are Gull 7-1/2 footers.
The oarstands are homebuilt (wrote 'em up earlier on this thread). The scouting floor is a half-panel of PolyMax kennel floor (also written up earlier, along with most other details).
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I've used this cat as a beer barge for trips with yaks and Jack's Pack Cats, which are the ultimate low-water expedition craft.