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Old 04-21-2010   #1
 
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upgrade? Aire wildcat to super duper puma

Ok, catwoman is considering selling her cat. Might have to change my screen name. Bought a 13' wildcat back in 1999 because I lived near the Northgate on the N. Platte. Perfect boat for the hike out a quarter mile uphill, plus it was just me back then. Very quick and a FUN ride. Now there's a kid, a husband, and a strong desire to do multi days in comfort with friends. Hubby has a 14' NRS cat.
Been considering selling my little cat for a bigger self bailer. Love the Aire brand (as my boat has never had a leak), so I am considering the Super Dooper Puma. I also like the idea of being able to do day floats as a paddle raft (wonder if I can remember how to work a guide stick). Worried though, that the super dooper might be too big for narrow, shallow rivers. Never driven one. Looking for input on the Super and Super Duper - likes, dislikes, opnions about them and SB rafts in general. You all have some opinions don't you?

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Old 04-21-2010   #2
 
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"Too big?"
The Super Duper was made for narrow,shallow,low-volume rivers. Just took mine down Cross last weekend. Its perfect for CO. And it does a good job of blasting through big waves. Handles like a cat too. My SD feels right at home,on the Poudre. Good for week-long trips too. Not sure how it would cater to the family though. But you said the hubby has a cat too....just let him haul everything.
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For everything but big water you should be fine with a Super Duper Puma. It's not going to be wider than a cat boat. You should also consider a AIRE's D series rafts. They're wider, but carry quite a bit more gear. Although, if you're doing a multi day trip and spreading the load between the 14' cat and a Super Duper, you'll have plenty of space for gear. If you were not looking to do multi day I would say you should go with the Super Puma.

And as far as SB raft opinions, they are worth it. They don't track quite as well, but they don't get heavy when a wave washes over you.
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Old 04-21-2010   #4
 
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What about Aire tributary rafts?
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If I buy a SD can I change my name to Superduperwoman?
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so i took a super puma down the grand without incident. several others had super dupers. just sayin.
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If I buy a SD can I change my name to Superduperwoman?
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If I buy a SD can I change my name to Superduperwoman?
Sounds a lot better than Tributarywoman.
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I'm not sure going from a cat to a raft is an "upgrade"!

Stu,
How was Cross Mtn??? Did Uncle Jerry join you for Cross???
Want to hit it this year but it is over 4k and headed up, might have to catch it on the way down.
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Rich,whats up. Cross was a blast. Weather sucked,but thats why we have the dry-suits. It was short and sweet. We had it at 1650,not too pushy at all. You'd grease it at that level. Get on it when it comes down. Jerry didn't join us,he showed up on the morning of the Yampa launch. We did Cross the day before. Weather on Yampa was ridiculous. We lucked out,soo nice.
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