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Old 05-16-2011   #11
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Originally Posted by slashvee View Post
two of you will have no problem fitting your stuff for several nights.
And a dog? let us know how it works out for ya,vo2. take some pics. good luck

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Old 05-16-2011   #12
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Thanks for all of the input. It's exactly what I need to be reading.
In terms of gear, we travel light. We've done extended canoe trips in the boundary waters, but my 17 ft. aluminum grumman canoe seems like a bad idea on the local rivers!

I don't think there's a perfect boat for my situation. But I'm leaning towards a SOAR, or something similar. I'll weasle my way into a couple of floats this spring when the water comes up and people are headed out, that should help me figure it out.

Thanks again for all the advice/comments.

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Old 05-16-2011   #13
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I did manage to puncture the bottom on mine while I was on murtaugh. But it was a very rocky and pushy river. But I was surprised the boat lasted as long as it did that day, I totally abused it to its maximum.
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Old 05-16-2011   #14
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Funny you should mention....
I just paddled my SOAR 12 yesterday on its first trip for 17 miles on the Gunnison River from Almont to the white water park (2250 CFS). This a fine, fine craft. I have a 13 ft Hyside raft, but I think this SOAR just became my favorite, especially since I can easily paddle it solo. I got the boat because I am headed to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in July to spend 5 weeks paddling the Marsh Fork and Canning Rivers. The 12 ft SOAR has a payload of 750 lbs. The person I am traveling with has a 16 ft SOAR (1000 lb payload). He spent a month there a few years back using the SOAR. He particular likes these boats because of their bomber stability. We are headed to a remote area and have to take all 5 weeks of our supplies with us from the start. The SOAR is the boat to take on that weight and still remain maneuverable.
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Old 05-18-2011   #15
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Have any of you seen or paddled the SOAR Pro Pioneer? I'm mostly wondering if this is too much boat. It's a price jump from the 14 or 16, but it hauls 1500 pounds. I'm trying to figure out how much nimbleness I'd lose for the 2-3 hour floats.
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Old 05-18-2011   #16
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This link should take you to the "SOAR talk" site: SOAR Talk
You can post questions in the SOAR chatter sections. Larry Laba (riverattler), the owner of SOAR, moniters the site and answers questions like yours. He is super helpful. And other SOAR owners there are willing to respond as well.
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Old 05-18-2011   #17
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Pic is of our SOAR 16 with 3 nights of gear and our dog.

Originally Posted by vo2junkie View Post
With your 16 foot boat, do you think you'd have enough space to pack gear, plus a dog, for a couple of nights?
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Old 08-07-2011   #18
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SOAR canoe vs. Raft

A quick update on my earlier post...
I ended up picking up a used SOAR Pro Pioneer (16 ft. boat).
Made the maiden voyage today with oar setup. Very low key water (fairly rocky in places), but it was awesome. The boat fits our needs perfectly. We'll have no trouble doing 2-4 day trips with the dog.
Thanks for the earlier feedback.
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Old 08-08-2011   #19
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For the beginner Poudre family with the dog a 11-12 foot self bailing raft might be a better choice. That said, I've been wanting to try an IC for some time now. If you buy one, PM me and I'll show you around the Poudre.

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