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Old 01-20-2012   #1
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Which new boat...

So I currently have a 14' cat, and I don't run anything over class three (yet). I do alot of fishing, and my boat seems to handle 2 guys just fine, but I would like to haul 3 or 4 total, or 2 in low water. I need a boat that I can backtroll (hold in 3-4 mph current) with, and cats seem to backtroll better than rafts. So given that info, is there a raft out there (haven't tried them all), or should I turn to an 18 foot cat? Basically, I'll need a boat that can haul 1200 lbs or so and still row easily. Does this boat exist? I'd like to stay away from drift boats.

Any info is greatly appreciated

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Old 01-20-2012   #2
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have you considered a dory? Backtrolling 3 mph current with 2 to 3 extra ppl in a raft will make you a man! even Chuck Noris would hide from that. I think rafts like people more than cats do. But a good frame on a big o cat is hard to beat..

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Old 01-20-2012   #3
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Drift boats (dories) are pretty sweet, but I'd much rather have something that I could tackle class 3/4 with and still backtroll without Chuck Norris on the sticks. I was looking at a leopard or diablo, capacity seems comparable, but which is more manueverable?
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Old 01-21-2012   #4
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Anything with that load capacity is going to have tradeoffs, especially when loaded with people. A leopard would be fairly maneuverable and have good hull speed because it spreads out the load without having a floor dragging in the current. But I'm a whitewater guy, so you might want to wait for someone with more fishing experience to comment.
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