Originally Posted by slamkal
I have no idea why they would resurrect this barge concept. Why not just get a raft?
Ha! Barge.....I would imagine that Aire designed the Cougar ( 18 ft ) with the Idaho big water in mind. By far the most maneuverable raft that can hold the most gear. I had a friend that used to run one as the gear boat on multi day trips on the big rivers up there. You almost have to try and flip that thing. But like I said, It handles like a smaller play boat. It's a Cadillac son !
The boat that I'm looking for is it's little brother, The Panther ( 15 1/2 ft ).
It is to the " conventional raft " what the difference is between a 1975 Buick LeSabre and a Mini Cooper. The Panther is the " Sports car " of river boats and still be able to carry gear and people. And yes, It sits much lower in the water than almost any boat by the way it's designed. My fam likes them better cuz they get a little more wet when we crash the waves.
Everyone has their preference and this is mine and the reasons why.
Please let me know if you see any Panthers or something comparable out there...Happy Boating Ye Scally Wags !!