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Old 09-24-2006   #1
 
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Class VI Boat Manufacturer

I found an old Class VI fiberglass boat at a garage sale recently. I plan on fixing it up and possibly paddling it from loma to Cisco next weekend.

Just wondering if anyone new anything about these boats, like where they are from, are they any good, what happened to them. Thanks in advance for any info.

Randy

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Is there anything written on the boat (model, year, etc.)?

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Old 09-24-2006   #3
 
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Class VI used to make some fine boats. I have a friend who still paddles one. I think Don McClaren (sp?) up in Idaho was involved with, or owned, the company.
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Old 09-24-2006   #4
 
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I have not been able to find any writing or serial numbers on the boat, just some old phone numbers.
It has a purple deck with a swish kind of stripe design on the back. the hull does not have any color, and has a huge logo on the bottom. It also has a kevlar shear strip which makes it pretty cool. The boat weighs next to nothing and looks really fast, I think I will try to test it out in Golden tomorrow evening.
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I think I will try to test it out in Golden tomorrow evening.
That sounds like a horrible idea given that it is flowing 109 cfs. Unless you like to patch boats after every trip.
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Old 09-26-2006   #6
 
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These boats were built in Idaho years ago. Vacuum bagged plolyester/kevlar fabrics and I believe he used Dow 8084 resin. Very well built boats. The old Hydra Mustang was one of Don's designs!! You have a great find he had good designs. Have fun!!!!!!
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Old 09-26-2006   #7
 
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I stand corrected. It would just scare me, but I've always owned plastic. The company name is sweet.
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Old 09-27-2006   #8
 
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it's a classic

McClaren's boats were the rival to Stohlquist's Needle Rig boats in the early '80s. The glass versions were the predecessor to the plastic P52 Mustangs. All the big water was run successfully in a boat like yours. Maybe even yours. I.E. Barrel Springs at 19,000; Gore at 4000, NF Payette at 8000, Pine Creek at 6000, Meatgrinder, etc, etc. Large, fast and stable, they were considered to be high performance in the day.

I recommend keeping it for your next high water Granite to Canon City in a day trip.

Cheers!

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Old 09-27-2006   #9
 
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Thanks for all of the help,
I have the boat rigged up for my trip this weekend, I will post some action shots of the boat if I get any good ones.

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Class VI vs. Vortex, Golden, Anytime....
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