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Old 09-02-2011   #1
 
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Does anyone make twin tube catarafts anymore ? Like the old style Aire Panther ? I prefer sitting lower in the water like that but would like a brand new boat. All I see is huge single tube cats for sale now.

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I haven't seen any twin tube Cats in awhile. You might want to contact Sotar. They might make you a custom Cat.
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Scroll down to November 23, 2010. Aire brought the Cougar back into production late last year. There still may be some available.
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Does anyone make twin tube catarafts anymore ? Like the old style Aire Panther ? I prefer sitting lower in the water like that but would like a brand new boat. All I see is huge single tube cats for sale now.
You won't sit lower in the water when you factor in all your gear, boxes and cooler. I ran a double tube Hyside for several years and it was very stable but got pushed around by the wind as much as any other cat. It could take a load though with the extra flotation.
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I have no idea why they would resurrect this barge concept. Why not just get a raft?
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I have no idea why they would resurrect this barge concept. Why not just get a raft?
Ha! Barge.....I would imagine that Aire designed the Cougar ( 18 ft ) with the Idaho big water in mind. By far the most maneuverable raft that can hold the most gear. I had a friend that used to run one as the gear boat on multi day trips on the big rivers up there. You almost have to try and flip that thing. But like I said, It handles like a smaller play boat. It's a Cadillac son !
The boat that I'm looking for is it's little brother, The Panther ( 15 1/2 ft ).
It is to the " conventional raft " what the difference is between a 1975 Buick LeSabre and a Mini Cooper. The Panther is the " Sports car " of river boats and still be able to carry gear and people. And yes, It sits much lower in the water than almost any boat by the way it's designed. My fam likes them better cuz they get a little more wet when we crash the waves.
Everyone has their preference and this is mine and the reasons why.
Please let me know if you see any Panthers or something comparable out there...Happy Boating Ye Scally Wags !!
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But they do sometimes flip, even with a big load.
On the Salt last year at Eye of the Needle. Not my boat.
I think this is the 15.5 ft version. Not so sporty here.
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But they do sometimes flip, even with a big load.
On the Salt last year at Eye of the Needle. Not my boat.
I think this is the 15.5 ft version. Not so sporty here.
That sure looks rather suspiciously like a double tube Hyside...
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That sure looks rather suspiciously like a double tube Hyside...
Could be, I'm not sure what boat it is, just happened to be there.
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