Originally Posted by NoCo
hey those cats are cool...but what rivers are you looking to hit and at what levels...it seems to me that they need a larger river with higher low flows...for me id stick with the smallest duckie there is(especialy being on the pudre)...anyway you probably know where your going and what to expect so use your own judgement...opinons dont mean nothing...just make sure it floats
The Pack Cats and Fat Cats are great for low water runs and only slightly wider than most duckies.
My Fat Cat with the 16" tubes can carry 500lbs. (legit capacity not advertising bs) so with just me it draws almost nothing. On top of that if you run up on a gravel bar or sand bar you just put your feet down and walk the boat out to deeper water. Very nice for late or early season runs when there is not really enough water, but you just have to get out there.
They are also great in the early season since you are not sitting down in a bunch of water. Even the self bailing duckies I have been in seemed pretty wet (maybe it is my 225lbs that is the issue) most of the time. With the cat design you get splashed up between the tubes a bunch, but you are never sitting in water.
The Jack's Plastic paddle cats are probably not the best bet if you are looking for kayak like performance and would not be too great for creeking, but they are a great option pretty much everything else. With a capacity higher than most tandem duckies on the market they rock for self support and being made of the same material used in Jack's big oar frame cats they are way durable.