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Old 06-08-2016   #1
Dillon, Colorado
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Rafting Motors 5 hp

Doing a Desolation trip in July this summer and have a 5 horse power motor as we here it is good to get past the flat around Sand Flats because of the bugs. Anyone have any idea of how many boats you can push down river with a 5 hp motor. We are looking at 4-5 boats that we would lash together.

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Old 06-08-2016   #2
Lakewood, Colorado
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I have a 5 HP and pushed 6 boats with a good headwind with ease.

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Old 06-08-2016   #3
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I made it from the put in at Deso to Mushroom Rock (where I think the canyon really starts to get nice) in under two hours.

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You'll be fine. Lash them together....frame to frame..... as tight as you can. Don't go through ripples together......break apart or risk breaking straps.
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