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Old 03-15-2012   #1
 
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13 or 14 footer for Colorado fishing/float boat?

I am fairly new to raft boats and looking to buy a 13' or 14' foot raft. Looking pretty hard at the Rocky Mountain boats as they seem like pretty decent boats for the money. I plan on buying a nice fishing frame for whichever raft I get. My question is for a 70% fishing/30% floating and overnighter with the wife, which size to buy?

I live in Colorado where the rivers can get low and pretty rocky. Some guys tell me to get a 13ft cause it is easy to handle to the eddies, seams, etc. Another friend says get 14 footer because its more versatile. I never plan to run Class v rapids, and probably not even 4. Any opinions out there my friends?

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14 is probably the best one size fits all boat for most colorado boaters. you could take it down the grand canyon and you could take it down a 350 cfs river.
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14 is probably the best one size fits all boat for most colorado boaters. you could take it down the grand canyon and you could take it down a 350 cfs river.
My newbie wife is also going to paddling this boat while I fish. Is there much merit in what one guy is telling me about the 13 footer being that much more manuverable over a 14 footer when in comes to holding tight in a fishing seam, getting to an eddie pocket or trying to stall or paddle back up stream? thanks a bunch!!!
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Sure she is. Get back to us on how that goes.

I say go with a 14'er, particularly if you're planning overnighters.
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well you could also take a 13 down the grand canyon (I did) and yeah it is somewhat easier to maneuver than a 14 but I wouldn't sweat 1 foot either way. the 14 will carry more shit is the bottom line.
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My 2cents coming from an ex float guide... the extra foot won't matter that much. Invest in a good pair of oars, and when fishing keep your rig as light as possible. I would personally avoid spending money on platforms they add a lot of weight in the scheme of things. If its just you two get a front lean bar. Did I mention get a good pair of oars, and keep the rig light!!! Also reading the river and being able to catch the smallest of eddies/ ferrying will prove to be far more important than a extra foot on a raft.
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14' is the best all round boat. I paddled 16'-18' Avons on floats for 5 years and after that I felt like I could R1 a 14'. Once you learn how to read water theres not much difference in1' either way.
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Yes sir, I have looked into that. Cant find one to look at here in Glenwood Springs though! seems like the perfect size, I guess they are more narrow than typical. However I am also looking at the price tag. The Rocky Mt. boats I have actually seen and felt, seem like a good boat for the money. And of course money talks in this equation as well. However the Rocky Mt. boats sizes are more like a typical whitewater raft.
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The local Rocky Mt. dealer keeps telling me for my first raft, he thinks a 13 footer will be better. Anyone out there that floats the Roaring Fork? That and the upper Colorado are my main goals to fish and float.
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