I completely agree with these statements. I've had both and currently have a 14ft cat that I love for both day trippin whitewater and multi-days as long as she's not too loaded down. Then cats become super sluggish and you'll be longing for a raft. I could easily see another in my future. Also think about flooring. I don't have any and it saves weight and lets me fred flinstone myself to pull over which is awesome but dogs, beers, trash etc do fall in the water. I think mesh floors are best by far for bigger water.
Check out the new canyon boats for a cheaper option than Sotar or Aire and what look like nice frames.
Stay away from river boat works for cats. They're too heavy and they don't have cat frames dialed. I would never get another frame from them. I think someone will be happy with it that doesn't run IV.
Originally Posted by pearen
Lots of folks will write to tell you that a cat can haul 28 days worth of gear and three other folks. This is true, but a raft can do that too and do it better.
Cats are freaking awesome and really come into their own if you want to row hard/big whitewater with one person on your boat and a minimal amount of gear.
If you want to do big multi-days with lots of folks and gear then stay with the raft. Switch to the cat if you want everyone to have their own boat, step up the difficulty, and lose some of the extra gear.
Kind of the best of both worlds between rafting and kayaking...