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Old 11-12-2016   #1
 
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What is this boat?

Hi all,

I inherited this from a friend who inherited it from a friend. The internet has not helped much in identifying it. I know it's from the seventies and was sold at Sears. It has fixed oarlocks and no thwarts, so it isn't a whitewater boat. Beyond that I'm baffled. I don't even know what kind of pump it takes.
Does anyone have any info about what this thing was meant for, or how it might have been rigged? A potentially similar one sold on eBay as a "life raft," but that strikes me as unlikely.

Thanks!

Brendan

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Old 11-12-2016   #2
 
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Valves? Inflatable floor?
Seems more like a pool toy.
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Old 11-12-2016   #3
 
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Dude, it's a craptacular little 40+ year old boat for puttering around a lake and
flatwater.

You are in luck, however. Mountainbuzz is all about overthinking stuff. I am sure you'll get all sorts of suggestions on how to spend a buttload of money on a $25 craigslist boat.
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Old 11-12-2016   #4
 
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I'm aware that it isn't worth anything. I just wanted to know what it is. People get curious about things.
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That there's one of them prehistoric packrafts!

Seriously, does it hold air? It's Hypalon so get it out on the water if it does. Griz hit the nail on the head.

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wow..[ craptacular and prehistoric ] just took the edge off my otherwise Sh*ty day. thanks ya all i needed a good laugh
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Old 11-13-2016   #7
 
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Let me try this again. I have this thing. I want to know what it is. I'm not going to run Cat in it. I don't think it makes me cool because I have it. It was built for something, and sold as something. I would like to know what. I know it's a flatwater boat - I said that in my post. Was it sold to fishermen? Was it designed for fishermen, or as a cheap version of something else that was popular back then? Was it a joke back then, or is it only a joke now? If anyone has any info, let me know. Had a crazy idea I would ask rafters. Thanks.
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Welcome to the Buzz. I understand your wanting to know what this was used for. I
found a couple of sites that deal with all things inflatables, likely someone may know:

BoaterEd.com (forum)

InflatableBoats.com (retail)

Another idea would be to contact Sears, just bet they have a department that deals with
archived products.

Best of luck with your search.
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Old 11-13-2016   #9
 
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It looks to be an older inflatable boat, perhaps used for floating on water. The fixed oar locks seem as they accept an oar to provide propulsion and all valves will accept the pursed lips style fitting for inflation.
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Reminds me of the Barqs root beer boat I had as a small child, loved that boat, was good for puttering around the shore of the Gulf of mexico on a calm day, or tied off to my Dads power boat. First "Rafting" I ever did. Wish it was still around for posterity sake.

Do you have any pics of it inflated? Might be easier to figure out what it is, any markings or serial numbers?
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I'm kinda curious what it is to, besides the obvious.
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