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Old 08-05-2011   #1
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dumb raft question...

Alright, I apologize, I have a feeling this is a dumb question but I'm a first time raft owner, I have a 9.5' Aire Tributary. My wife and I R2 it alot and this weekend I'm going to have a bunch of family in town and was wondering if it work to R5 that baby down a mellow stretch like griz thru south canyon? I know the fit would be real tight, not really worried about that, just the weight capacity. the raft is rated for 800 lbs and with us 5 i'm guessing we'd weigh around 900 lbs total. I don't want to be terribly hard on my fairly new raft so I was wondering if this would be okay or would it be stupid to do that to my raft? Anyone have any experience doing this with a small raft? I'll take any suggestions, thanks. Stupid question over...

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Old 08-05-2011   #2
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No worries. Load em all on there and have a good time. We've had people on every inch of boats before for B-day floats, river parade etc... you'll be fine.

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Old 08-05-2011   #3
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If you don't skirt the playpark wave, it will be a big people yard sale.
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Old 08-05-2011   #4
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Leave room for the keg!
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Old 08-05-2011   #5
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Don't worry, boats are tough. With that weight and load be sure you check the maneuverability before you hit stuff.
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Old 08-05-2011   #6
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The boat will be just fine - but it will be sluggish, hard to maneuver, and somewhat paradoxically more likely to dump truck. All fine things for a class I-II party barge - but a bad idea for say a class IV run - unless you like swimming.
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Load em up. Relax on the flats. Get every one down low as possible and inside the tubes approaching the big waves. Paddle forward, square up to the waves and enjoy! Make sure everyone's PFD fits good and tight, and if you do flip, enjoy the swim!
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Old 08-05-2011   #8
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Oh it's mostly in-laws so I'll do my best to T up the gwood wave and dump everyone! Should be fun, thanks for the info guys, be on the lookout for a barely buoyant 9.5' trib full of Norwegians this weekend on grizz!
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Old 08-05-2011   #9
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Hey now!! Norske's know how to highside like a champ after all those years of keeping the shallow draft Viking Ship's upright, don't think you'll dump those crazy Scandanavians

This is coming from the Viking Queen of Highsiding
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Old 08-05-2011   #10
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Originally Posted by Jensjustduckie View Post
This is coming from the Viking Queen of Highsiding
Nice! Us northern breeds are so multi-talented.

I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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