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Old 08-22-2016   #1
 
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Cat or raft

The "which cataraft" thread got me thinking... I'm looking to get an inflatable for my wife so that we can go down the river together and at some point take our two little girls. The wife can't be much over 5'4" and isn't exactly stout but she is in pretty good shape and unfortunately a bit of a timid streak. What do you guys think would be better in terms of an absolute newbie for rowing --- a cat or a raft? She has been on multiple paddle trips, has been down the Rogue with me and has been on a guided ten-day grand trip. What would be easier to learn on and what is going to be the best boat for a beginner to learn on? Thinking something in the 14 foot range if we go cat and a 13 or 14 if we go raft.


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Forgot to add --- one boat I keep coming back to is the 13ft Aire Trib --- short water line, quite a bit of kick, big enough tubes and wide.


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I've been learning the last two summers. I struggled with a self bailer getting it to where I needed it to go. Switched to a cat and have had a much easier time learning.

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I'm no expert but I'd recommend not to overlook the subjective. The best boat for a beginner might not be the best for your wife. I know with my wife she's real comfortable on a raft but is not on cats. She dosent like the additional splash nor does she like being suspended over the water.

These subjective issues surely would be different with your wife so I'm not sure the exact examples will transfer exactly.



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kids= raft. 13's and 14's are great. My 8 year old son can row my 14 when it's loaded with gear, she will have no problems. (He rowed from Maupin city park to just above Oak Springs with no intervention from me) 13's are fun for anything but overnighters, at least if all 4 of you are going to camp out of it. I'm not saying it can't be done, but I have a 14' round boat and envy the people with 15's and 16's on 5 day trips.
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I've been learning the last two summers. I struggled with a self bailer getting it to where I needed it to go. Switched to a cat and have had a much easier time learning.

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Miss Bean --- what type of raft were you learning on before the switch? What size Jaguarundi do you have?


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A loaded cat can be harder to move than a loaded raft. A cat is harder to flip
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