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Old 04-06-2014   #1
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JPW Fat Cat/Cutthroat Experience?

Looking for first hand experience with the Jack's Plastic Welding Fat Cat-or similar. I've read several threads on MB relating to this topic, but not specifically.

I'm looking for something I can paddle on small, remote rivers and creeks that I can reasonably pack in and that can carry enough gear for 4-5 day trips or so.

I've looked at pack rafts, but am a little concerned about their top-heavy loading and durability on class 3/4 remote water.

Any pics or trip reports, please post.

Rivers interested in using on: Dirty Devil, San Rafael, Gunny Gorge, low water missions on permitted rivers (pre or post permit times)...

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Old 04-06-2014   #2
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They are great boats. I own two JPW boats. They're great. Superb customer service. My next two boats will be their "hybrid" it is a fat cat that can be rigged to paddle or fitted with the cutthroat rowing frame. Two boats in one. I'm gonna buy two of them soon. My 6 year old can paddle a fat cat. My two boys will learn to paddle and row.

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Old 04-06-2014   #3
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I too have been chomping at the bit to get into a Cutthroat Fat-Cat. Want the Cutthroat tubes with some grommet strips placed towards the end of each tube and a double-bottom. I've been working at building a small paddle-frame setup that differs from the oar-frame, but want the tubes setup to run an oar-frame for when I choose to.

bshock, do you have some pics you could post, say running with a gear-load or in some action?
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Old 04-06-2014   #4
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I have their super cutthroat tubes. 14' feet with 19" diameter. Similar to their flyer cat. I also have their daddy cat. I ve ran the 14' boat on a 5 day Salt trip at 3,000 with a passenger. I've also ran it on Browns canyon at 280 Cfs. Took it down Westy at 9K. Super versatile boat. They key is having a couple frame options. Can't wait to get a couple hybrids!

My buddy has several of their boats. Pack cats and fat cat. I've paddled both. The fat cat and cutthroat are very similar. You need grommet strips to paddle it with the fat cat frame.

Erroll is the guy you want to talk to. They are great dudes!

Let me find some pics.
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Old 04-07-2014   #5
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I cannot speak to the Fat Cat question but I can second the praises of JPW. I bought an older Grand Daddy Cat and have had some repair questions a couple times. They have NEVER tried to talk me into anything. They talked about how to repair the problem for as long as it took for me to understand the concept of what needed to be done. AND I bought a used boat. They are pricey, but they sure seem like good folks. Further, I would rather buy a product that puts at least SOME money in American pockets. Ps, I am not related to profiting from nor have I ever met anybody in the company. No shills here
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Old 04-07-2014   #6
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plus one for sleighr's post

JPW is one of the very few companies with product made in America and you send in a email and get fast response from the head guy.

Great products and great people.

The only other like company with such a involved CEO I know of is Wiggy's out of Grand Junction.
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Old 04-07-2014   #7
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I have a JPW dragonfly. ++ on quality of the boats and quality of the service.
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Old 04-07-2014   #8
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Yep, JPW makes good stuff. I've talked to Errol about the fat cat/cutthroat and I really like the idea of having a small somewhat packable boat that can do multi-day remote, pre/post permit season rivers.

I'd love to see some TRs of folks using the fat cat on stuff like the Dolores, Piedra, Upper Chama, Verde, low water Salt...
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Old 04-07-2014   #9
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I took a fat cat down the middle box of the gila at 120 it was a weekend trip. Low low water. . I had my dry bag, a cooler full of beer an food. Tent. Fishing gear. Had more than enough room. Didn't draft much. Never got out to push.

Somewhere on their website is a table that tells what each boat drafts with certain amounts of weight.

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