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Old 06-02-2012   #1
 
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12' Vs 13' tubes on a Small Cat Raft

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I am just about to pull the trigger on a Jacks Plastc Welding Cutthroat 1 Wide set up. Display Products .My last decision is weather to go 12' long by 19" diameter (standard) or get an extra foot at 13' by 19". Cost aside can anyone offer me some insight on 12 vs 13.

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Hello Gang,

I am just about to pull the trigger on a Jacks Plastc Welding Cutthroat 1 Wide set up. Display Products .My last decision is weather to go 12' long by 19" diameter (standard) or get an extra foot at 13' by 19". Cost aside can anyone offer me some insight on 12 vs 13.

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One is about 12" longer than the other.

Since your frame width is fixed, that extra foot is some precious real estate. If you keep the boat aligned, its more stability through the wave trains

If you want a wider frame at some point, the additional waterline is going to help you carry the weight better

I've run both 12x20 and 13x20 with a 60" wide frame and i'd have to say i was glad to have the extra length

Only drawback i would consider is its going to add some weight
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I don't think you are going to find a lot of circumstances in which you wished your boat was a foot shorter... But there will be some in which you wish you had another foot...
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Is there any reason to limit yourself to a JPW pontoons with their frame?

assuming you don't raft silty rivers, you might even consider going with the Aire Wildcat design (13' and 20" tubes). There is a "blem" and a demo on their hot deals page ..

or the sotar hot deals page has got a bunch of the SP coho (13' x 21" ?? not sure)
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