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Old 03-02-2017   #1
 
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Aire 156R - Big Enough for the Grand?

My wife scored a September 2018 Grand Canyon permit. Is my Aire 156R big enough for the Grand or would I be better off going with the standard 18 footer?

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Depends entirely on the makeup of your group and the other boats in it. Boat is plenty big enough- people run it in everything imaginable, but you have to have capacity in the group for the gear you need (want) to carry.


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A Super Puma is plenty big for the Grand - big boats are only necessary for hauling more gear.

I've run the Grand 3 times in my 156R, and haven't had any trouble running the meat lines, though I don't think i'll run the hole in Upset again - didn't flip but whoa.
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I remember when I had a 156D I was surprised at how small it felt. It occurred to me that if I were to float the GC I would search out an 18' boat for the trip. Most of all for comfort and convenience. That said, I think it would work fine if geared properly (as with anything) and I've seen much smaller boats go down it.
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Aire 156R - Big Enough for the Grand?

Had a 156d and 156r on our march/April trip, plus a 16r' and another 14-15'er. Plenty of room, honestly would never run a 18' down there they looked like a nightmare to row, we blasted by every group that were in 18s.
We ate thick cut steaks on the last night, still had ice, beers, And fire wood. Had a massive fire every night and are heavy drinker! Plenty of room for anything you would desire to bring, each boat had a passenger.

My buddy ran his 156r at higher cfs the year before on a aug trip, smashed lava falls.


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+1. Ran my 156R without issue and hauled gear for a group of 8 with 4 rafts. All rafts were in this range or a bit smaller.


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Anything less than an 18 is foolish! How will you carryyour beer???
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I've done it twice in my 143r without a flip, although I probably should have flipped on more than one occasion. It's nice having your own rig all set up the way you like it. That said, next time down there I will look into renting a bigger boat and getting the meal pack. After doing the previous two as full self-support, it sounds kind of appealing to just show up at the ramp and have everything ready to go.
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Took our 156R down the big ditch and had plenty of room for my wife and I with a fair bit of community gear. Great boat for meaty lines! No flips and no swims.
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Aire 156R - Big Enough for the Grand?

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Anything less than an 18 is foolish! How will you carryyour beer???

Blacked out everyday and had beers at the takeout. 156r. And we had a cord of firewood. We rock the party


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