Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-27-2016   #1
Port Angeles, Washington
Paddling Since: 2016
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 15
What size cataraft do I need?

Hey everyone! I am new to catarafts, and actually new to drifting in general and I have quite a few questions that I would greatly appreciate if I could get some knowledgeable answers too. To start off with I am a fly fisherman, so most of my fishing will be landing the boat and wading in the water to fish a run, but there would be some nymph fishing on the boat in between good swinging water. I would love to have the boat be light enough so that 2 people can easily pull, lift or drag it out to the water with out the need of a boat ramp, I wanna be able to fish where drift boats cant. I will most of the time be either fishing by my self or with one other person with the occasional few times of having me and 2 other people fish. Maybe rarely do just a peaceful float with out fishing with 4 people and next to no gear. Im a welding fabricator and Id love to build my own setup exactly to how I like/want it but I have no idea where to start. Would a 14' cataraft do all that I am wanting to do? Could anyone give me dimensions to building a frame? Would a 14' cataraft be easy to maneuver all by myself? Would it have the capacity to hold just 4 people with out gear? Is it light enough to pick up with 2 people or even use one of those wheels by myself? Is a 16' cat light enough for 2 people to pick up? Can one person fish a 16' cat? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated!!! If you got and frame recommendations or anything at all. Thanks

Felton45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #2
Louisville, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 520
The cat is light, but the frame is heavy. Sounds to me like you might want a 14' hyplon raft. 4 peeps on 14' cat is a lot.

Sent from my iPhone using Mountain Buzz

catwoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #3
Port Angeles, Washington
Paddling Since: 2016
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 15
Yeah a 14' is what i was leaning towards. Thank you very much for your input. Like i said 4 people would be something I would rarely ever do if I even do it at all. Is a 14' raft easily maneuver able with one person?
Felton45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #4
Port Angeles, Washington
Paddling Since: 2016
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 15
Also would a 12 or 13' cat be able to haul 3 people? If i scratched the idea of ever hauling 4 people, would i be able to fish 3 people off of a 12 or 13' cat?
Felton45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #5
East of the Pine beatle, Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,363
I have a 14' Sotar ST cat that I use in the manner you're describing. I built a modular frame so I can add an angler station up front- or solo rig when it's just me. I can drag the boat onto a trailer by myself in solo configuration. I wouldn't want two anglers plus me- it would row like a pig. It's great with one angler- and a Ferrari when I'm alone. 14'x23" tubes are a good choice.

Sent from my SM-N900V using Mountain Buzz mobile app
Osseous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #6
Paddling in to the Future
PhilipJFry's Avatar
Boise, Idaho
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 402
I have a 16 foot cat, but I rarely take more than one passenger on it, and when I do, it's typically kids, so they don't mind being close. Two people can move the cat just fine. (the frame is kind of heavy, and I wouldn't want to haul it up hill for very far, but two people can handle it just fine)

I also have a 14 ft raft. (great for passengers) I prefer it with passengers. And I prefer fishing from the raft vs. the cat.
"Thats what" - She
PhilipJFry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #7
Louisville, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 520
I think you should look at a 13'-14' raft, not a cataraft. The more substantial frame on the cat will make it heavy. I usually see fishermen in rafts, I think it is because rafts have a floor. A 14' boat is easy enough to manage on the river solo, it is the loading and unloading that is challenging. But a good trailer with a winch can remedy those challenges. Hopefully some fishermen while chime in.

Sent from my iPhone using Mountain Buzz
catwoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2016   #8
Port Angeles, Washington
Paddling Since: 2016
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 15
Thank you everyone for your inputs so far! As far as rafts go, would I be able to pick those up? Are they heavier then cats? Would I be able to carry them out to the river with ease with out any ramp or boat launch?
Felton45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2016   #9
Coastal, Oregon
Paddling Since: 1987
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 258
I have set up alot of fishing cats , hundreds. I actually prefer to fish from a cat in technical water. They can get sluggish if you overload them. You are going to want at least a 14. I run 14x24 tubes for extra floatation. Here is a cat frame that runs a passenger in front and one in the rear and it balances out the boat great for fishing. You will hear lots of get a raft but it really comes down to knowing how to set them up and knowing what kind of performance to expect from how you load the boat. The frame shown is only 82lbs for as big as it is with 2 dry boxes ,1 fish box, removable backrest,swivel lean bar, hard floors etc,etc.

Most of the modular frames are excessively heavy by the time you load them up with fittings. Ther are alot of mistakes people make when putting together fishing cats that kind of gives them a bad rap. If you know whats up they work pretty well.
Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	243
Size:	1.50 MB
ID:	10948
GreenWall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2016   #10
boizee, Idaho
Paddling Since: 1984
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 179
Got a bite!!

boicatr is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help Finding the buyer of my Cataraft archangelsrt Boaters Forum | General Boating Topics 1 09-08-2015 07:58 AM
Need cataraft instruction Justadd Water Boaters Forum | General Boating Topics 14 04-07-2014 07:51 AM
Size of liquid logic handle bit size! Kaya KING Kayaking | Gear Talk 4 10-09-2012 03:41 PM
Need help with cataraft choice -scadden??? riverrunr77 Whitewater Rafting 25 09-14-2012 05:08 AM
Cataraft size? roadtripryan Kayaking | Gear Talk 18 08-19-2010 09:44 PM

» Classified Ads
vintage Avon foot pump

posted by Johnny

Vintage Avon foot pump from back in the '80s when I had a...

12' 9" Jacks Plastic...

posted by Imlivinforever

12'9"x19" Jacks Plastic Cataraft for sale. No handles,...

10' Cataract Oars

posted by rockinRio

10' Cataract Oars, rope wrapped, and two counter balances....

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.