Originally Posted by RoryTheLion
Thanks so much. I totally hear you about the dangers of thin boats. What about this one? Amazon.com: Intex 4 Person Mariner Inflatable Boat Set: Sports & Outdoors
It's 200; it's the Intex Mariner 4. Still kind of cheap, but judging from reviews, it seems the sturdiest of the low-cost rafts. I can't really bump my budget up anymore; broke college kid here! But I can try to work some extra shifts to make things a little safer.
As for the trip--it'll be a mostly floating trip with minimal paddling (just to clear barges and such) on a river with no real rapids. I think there might be a mile or so of Class I. Do you think the Intex Mariner 4 will do it?
There is no class 1 on the Mon anywhere even up into the West Fork/Tygart tribs. It is as near to flatwater as a river gets (barges are in it!). Since there is no current you will be paddling the entire time if not to at least go forward but keep from getting blown upstream by the wind. In any of these rafts you will be really lucky to paddle an average of 2mph....walking speed...to pittsburgh.
That (Mariner 4) was the one I said I bought new at a garage sale on a whim...and you are right it is the best you can buy in that price range-but it is still a pretty crappy lil boat just less crappy than the other ones in the price range.
I crappie fish in slow water in it, but it tears easily, pieces brake, baffles bust, the the sewn floor will stretch and let in water (although the slatted floor is a nice feature-actually the only thing that makes the boat worth anything) there is no rowing it straight, no room for anysort of overnight gear...I use a trolling motor
What I am saying is -I own the boat I use it lightly and I am telling you that you will not complete 100 miles in it without issues, possibly severe ones.
is being "Teo-d" a word now?