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Old 07-30-2015   #1
 
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Boat size

So ive run 14 rafts and 16 foot cats for years and for some reason this year neither seem big enough anymore, I feel like I dont have any room for anything anymore which is odd cuz ive packed the same gear the same way for years, just wondering if anyone else thought the same

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seems like unless you are going on the Grand and 18 ft is a little excessive..I love my 14' on most rivers/trips. Not to say i wouldnt love to have more room and a 16'. Depends trip to trip, who has what gear, how many people/dogs..Smaller boat is always more fun! an 18ft boat was great in the big water in grand canyon, and can carry soo much, but a 16 ft would have been more agile for sure..i guess im saying a 16ft boat seems like a happy medium
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I really like my Aire 156D but it's all I've ever had so I don't know any different.

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Do you really need to take a 27 cf fridge, microwave, granite gourmet kitchen, 8 burner stove and double oven?
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I switched from a 14 ft. cat to a 14 ft. raft last year. I rowed cats for 15 years. I'm very happy with the switch for many reasons. So much easier to rig and load. I haven't increased my gear load from the cat, but everything just seems easier to deal with on the raft.
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Well anymore i carry one kitchen box, one dry box and a 120 ish cooler, a large fire pan, table, that's about it Its not so much gear as it is passenger room, damn kids are adult size now...or maybe im just gettin older and fatter
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Zephyr is a 15' boat with 16' of room because of the diminishing tubes. Rows and punches waves great, too

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I have had a 15 ft. raft for 4 or 5 years and my kids are getting bigger and this last trip, on Deso, I felt like the hobo boat. Stuff was strapped on everywhere. I had way more room on GC trips. I am tempted to get a 16 foot although I don't know if it will make enough difference. I even put the wife and one of the kids in duckies. Calgon, take me away.
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Well anymore i carry one kitchen box, one dry box and a 120 ish cooler, a large fire pan, table, that's about it Its not so much gear as it is passenger room, damn kids are adult size now...or maybe im just gettin older and fatter
Put the kids in their own boat.
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