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Old 01-08-2017   #1
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What your new boat/piece/upgrade for the 2017 season?

As many of you know I'm not far away from having everything in to put my Cataraft together. Just waiting for the weather to cooperate to drive down and get my MadCatr Frame which Dave is presently holding for me. Oar shafts are in at the local dealer, gonna go pick 'em up soon (9.5' Sawyer MXS red shafts). Looking forward to getting out for the maiden voyage to get comfy with the new boat.

But this isn't about me necessarily (consider the previous paragraph my contribution to this thread), it's about you - I'd love to hear what are you getting? A new boat? New equipment or accessories? Upgrading your boat? What trips are you prepping for this year? Still pondering or dreaming?

15' AIRE Wave Destroyer - MadCatr Frame - Sawyer MXS oars w/Duramax blades
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Old 01-08-2017   #2
Nye, Montana
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Aire 156r when they are 20% off again at backcountry.
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Old 01-09-2017   #3
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I just got my raft last spring but a 1/19 launch on a Diamond Down run has had me ordering a bunch of stuff in the last couple weeks.

For myself I got a new NRS Extreme Dry Suit, Velocity water shoes, and a Big Water Guide PFD. For the boat I ordered 2 Drop bags, a cargo floor, and a large PFD cargo bag to hold my passenger's gear in the stern. I also ordered a new 4 season tent.

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Old 01-09-2017   #4
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Same here....I'm on a Grand trip starting February 21st and I've been upgrading gear and getting stuff I've been holding off on. Added Mississippi and Chatooga Watershed drybags to supplement my Colorado and to replace my older roll top bags. The Mississippi is gonna be my tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad bag leaving the Colorado for clothes and the Chatooga for day use. Thanks to Cascade for their sale prices on those.

I also just ordered a Kokatat Hydrus Angler paddle suit. Its a "mostly dry" drysuit that has a Neoprene neck gasket instead of the latex one. Still latex wrist gaskets with waterproof sewn in socks. Outdoorplay had them for $100 less then anyone else if you are in the market.

I plan on changing over to Oarlocks from Pins and Clips on my 16' Avon Pro setup. I bought a couple of the Downriver cast pieces they use for their tower and will be welding them on. It will be a welcome change to the pins and clips, though it will require rethinking where I'll be mounting my Bimini since it mounted on top of the oar towers and that won't be possible anymore. I have some ideas about that but I'm not sure if I'll be doing that before the Grand trip this time. Not sure if its worth having the Bimini on a February trip.
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Old 01-09-2017   #5
Missoula, Montana
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I'm eyballing 10" oar towers and a quieter 4 stroke to replace my old British Seagull 2 stroke this year. Oh, and a new trailer since I sold mine to a buddy this fall. I should probably get on that one first.
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Old 01-09-2017   #6
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Salem, Oregon
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I was gifted a NRS Crux Drysuit this winter, so that was a huge one off my list.

I need to have my frame adjusted to allow for another couple inches of height on the oar towers. Gonna drop it off at the welders here in another week or so I think.

I also want another dry box before summer rafting season to go on my 156E Aire.

My trip plans are to head down the Rogue in July (permit allowing) and to go with my wife on the Rogue for our 10th Anniversary at the end of August. I put in for a bunch of other lotteries, and the big trips will all depend on those results. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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Old 01-09-2017   #7
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last year I upgraded to Pro-lock oar locks and added a bimini top. Oh and a new RMR storm that I put together. I also got a seek outside 12 man tipi and light weight stove for winter trips, but I count that more as hunting gear. This year I would like to upgrade to watershed dry bags and a partner break apart stove.
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Old 01-09-2017   #8
Salt Lake City, Utah
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hyside 16xt
downriver expedition frame
drop hatch cover
maybe new oars if my 10's are too short
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Old 01-09-2017   #9
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Just got 2 - Aire Bakraft Expeditions last week. Size of regular single IK but only weigh 10 pounds.

Firm multiday river plans
Dirty Devil - Feb/Mar
Belize for 2 weeks June/July
Wallowa/Grande Ronde AFS Action trip donation
MF Salmon late Sept

Try to fit in multiday:
NF Crooked wild and scenic
Prep for Clarance River New Zealand early 2018
lap or 2 during summer ELF - NF Lewis
maybe ELF Illinois IK trip
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Old 01-09-2017   #10
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I got invited on a Grand trip for April so I bought and restored a 16' wood dory. I've never rowed a dory in big water so this will be quite the adventure
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