Originally Posted by UofARy
Have opportunity to purchase a raft with no rake/rocker. Absolutely flat from bow to stern. Old fishing rig...but want to use for whitewater; up to Class IV. thoughts?
This 14-foot boat is a World Famous "12-Man" raft made in Japan in the early 1970s. A ship repair yard in Portland bought a load of them to install on a ship they were re-fitting, but the union shipfitters refused to install foreign-made rafts. The company sold them to employees at bargain prices.
I bought this one for $100 from a guy who bought it from the shipyard. He bought it as a fishing boat that he could put in the trunk of his car. He used it one time, on a lake, and decided it was too much work.
It was my flag ship for eleven years. I built the frame based on a Bill McGinnis design. Shown here on the Middle Fork in 2006, this raft has also run the Rogue, Deschutes, Kettle, Snake, Main & Lower Salmon, Selway, Klamath, John Day, North Flathead, Clackamas, and many other rivers. Can it do Class IV water? It can if you can. The canvas covers on the front and rear keep most of the water out.
This rig is still alive and usable after 38 years, handed down to my baby sister and her husband!