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Old 01-10-2014   #21
Austin, Texas
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I would pass on a black boat. The first year I ever kayaked the Grand, I paddled a black Corsica Matrix. It was so hot the plastic was soft enough I could push an indention in it w/ just one finger. I left my PFD clipped to the kayak. I had a thermometer clipped to the pfd, the thermometer was laying on the boat, it was broken after a 30 stop. Good for PNW and ALK. I have an Aire cat, yellow. I love it. Other boaters w/ darker colors need to worry about letting air out before a hike ect.

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Old 01-10-2014   #22
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Originally Posted by cataraftgirl View Post
There's a long running thread about Sotar SL rafts. There's someone with a new raft that's very much like your choice #1 except gray & red. Both designs look really fun & original. I personally like choice # 2 .....The Tiger Boat! But maybe add a couple more stripes?

My 14SL will arrive in March. I went with red body & floor, black frame chafe, black d-rings. Since I'll never use this as a paddle raft, I figured the black frame chafe wasn't a big deal.
Thanks, cataraftgirl. That boat was my inspiration for the layout on that first pic. I know I want at least the bow and stern to be as bright colored as possible. I want them to be like a bright flag that says, "jet boaters, there's someone else on the river. You might need to think ahead!"

If I use any black, I think I'll just keep it to a minimum. This will be a fishing boat but also a family boat. I want my kids to be comfortable in it. I was also thinking about the 3 boats that I have spent the most time in. Two are light blue and one is dark green. It does seem like the dark green one needs more attention to the air pressure.

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Old 01-11-2014   #23
Orange, California
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Wow, I'm flattered, maybe I should startup a boat design company ! Here's another photo to help with figuring out your sketched choices.

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