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Old 07-06-2015   #21
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I agree with everything carvedog said.

I do not like fishing from cats AT ALL....stripping line, dropping boxes and moving around on is all harder than a roundbout. I like fishing from boats with stiff floors, which may come from material (urethane), or from type (dropstitch). I also do like larger, higher rockered tubes to brace against or sit on. Not a big fan of lots fishing frame accessories (thigh braces, fishing seats, beaver boards etc.) I like to keep things light and simple (i.e. fewer things to hang stripped line up on)

Anything smaller than 13 feet starts to get really cramped IMO, especially if flyfishing and ESPECIALLY with 3 people. We like to run with 3 guys so we can get more fishing time in each and have less rowing.

I fish alot from my buddy's aire 130D..definitely not much floor space in it, seems very small to me compared to my 14foot boats and only seems slightly bigger than my 12ft boat (which no way I am fishing 3 people from). It can get a little messy with flyfishermen in both the stern and bow at the same fact we often seek out a spin fisherman to bring along for that very reason. This boat's tubes are too low to comfortably brace from...but on my 14' NRS revo or 14' hyside it works great (big tubes and kick). The thing that saves his boat is his frame has a nice bench to stand on when casting.

so ultimately I say get a 14 footer in whichever make/model. Sounds like a 143R would work well for you and your needs.

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Old 07-06-2015   #22
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I was in your shoes a few years ago, I wanted the perfect fishing/family overnighter. I ended up getting a sotar SL and would do it over again in a heartbeat. I have a highly modified NRS fishing frame minus most of the "fly fishing BS". I have a hard rowers floor and a hard rear floor that I do like but fish from a raised front seat with not brace or floor. It does everything that I need very well. You'll find some of my discussion in the raft porn thread and in the Sotar SL got one? thread (Sotar "SL" Rafts-Got one?)

Peruse and draw your own conclusions about rocker, shape, pro's and cons....and yes, I like to argue.

I'm not a fan of fishing from cats either. wouldn't want one if it were given to me (for fishing that is) and definitely not as forgiving with littles as a round boat.

As for size, go bigger than you think now. Larger boats float higher with the same load than smaller ones and on family overnighters there will never be a time you take less gear than now.

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