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Old 09-04-2012   #81
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Its a little more complicated than displacement. For an equal load a pool toy will draft less than an innertube, even though they have the same displacement to support the load. The diameter of the tube as well as the shape (waterline) will determine the draft

Most loaded gear boats rely on the floors making contact with water to support the load. And a cat has added weight of the non buoyant frame whereas the construction of the raft assists buoyancy

But an 18' cat with 27.5 tubes vs a 15' raft with 22" tubes might draft about the same

Also handling on a cat depends a lot on how close to the center you can load the boat, in addition to whether its overloaded. If you can find a way to concentrate all the heavy gear at the centroid of the boat you can make the cat easier to turn

For an 18' cat with a 12' frame vs a 15' raft with 11' cargo area can be similar in this regards

But we are digressing

A 10' or 12' scadden pool toy in class V whitewater is not anything i'd like to attempt

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Old 09-04-2012   #82
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I saw one on the upper C this weekend, crappy oars, crappy oarlocks, guy could of gotten a better deal for the same amount of $. But hey if you want to spend $ on something your gonna.
I would'nt even take it in a pool

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