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Old 05-03-2012   #1
 
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Large Raft in Westwater?

Is it possible to get a 16' cat down westwater at low flows? I have a permit for Monday.

The flow is 2900 today and it doesn't look like it's going to get much better. I haven't been down at this level.

Thought I'd ask... Thanks!

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Is it possible to get a 16' cat down westwater at low flows? I have a permit for Monday.

The flow is 2900 today and it doesn't look like it's going to get much better. I haven't been down at this level.

Thought I'd ask... Thanks!

Yes, have done several trips at 3k with 16' cat. No problem!
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Its do-able in a fully rigged 18' bucket boat

We just ran it a couple weeks ago at around 1900 in our 18' expedition rig. We had done Ruby/Horsethief the 3 days before and met up with friends for a daily Westwater trip. They were all in 14/15 foot empty self bailers, we were in our big fat pig, complete with kitchen, big cooler, everything for a multiday trip. We did alright, Skull was sketchy, we ended up going right of Skull rock.......barely. We got surfed into a rock somewhere above Skull rapid and took a hard shot to the floor, but survived. All in all, I would have liked a smaller/lighter boat, but it is definitely do-able in a big boat.
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