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Old 07-15-2015   #1
 
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sotar cat

Looking for advice on a sotar cat for day runs and some light overnight runs. I have a 15' Otter for the heavy gear trips. Thinking Upper Clackamas, Deschutes Trout Creek-Maupin light weight overnighters, and off season Rogue trips.

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Old 07-15-2015   #2
 
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Go as small and light as possible. My 11x22 is a machine, creekin' to week long trips (marsh/mf/main, selway, grand, etc).
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Will you mostly be rowing this solo? If so then the 11 is the way to go in my opinion. If your are going to be having another person on board most of the time then I would think a 13 might be better.
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Old 07-15-2015   #4
 
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I have a 14' x 23" ST. Rigged with a modular frame that can have an angler station, or just a solo rower. What do you want to know? I had a 13 x 19" coho and it was too small for two on an overnight.

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I have a 13x22.5 legend that works solo, day passenger, and have done a 4 day w/o passenger (had a raft along that hauled bigger items like groover, but I did have cooler and dry box and all my personal gear. Smaller is great, but I wanted a bit more versatility.
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Old 07-16-2015   #6
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I have a raft, I do those same runs, was thinking of a 14' Legend with a DRL frame. I test rowed a 12 or 13 foot Legend at the UCWWF and really liked it. I liked Dusty's frames, I could easily lift it up and walk it around. He said the same frame fits the 14 and you can add a module to it for storage/ passengers. The main frame has room for a passenger seat. I also wonder how much difference there is from a set of Legend tubes vs. RMR or Maravia.
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I'm tall and 260lbs. I found the 11-12 to be too small for me. It was like riding a cork but that may be my skill level talking. If you would like to do overnight trips I would go at least 13'x23. JMO
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Old 07-16-2015   #8
 
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While quite capable, my Coho tubes were never "sporty" the way my 14x23 tubes are. I think a cat shows its personality best when lightly loaded- buoyancy makes a big difference in how they row. Rafts are more consistent in how they feel regardless of load.

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Old 07-16-2015   #9
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I have a 14 x 24 Sotar ST, without a load it's quite sporty. With a load, not so much.

This Winter, I'm going to get different frames for it so I can run it as a "big playboat" most of the time, but also outfit for lightly loaded overnighters and multi-days, and pack like a backpacker. It won't fit into as tight a slot as a smaller cat, but it should do pretty well.
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Old 07-16-2015   #10
 
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Thanks everyone. Looking for a solo rowing rig with just enough room to accommodate light overnight trips. Working with DRL to come up with some ideas. Leaning towards a modular frame. johnovice, what oars are you running with your rig?
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