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Old 08-02-2017   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Cataraft advice

I have been paddling duckies all summer and some of the people I have been around run small cats. They really look to be fun.

I have started looking at smaller cats to run more challenging water. I have a frame that could be easily modified and intend to do so because I do not want to rely on a second paddler on an R2.

RMR is the most economical but I was not impressed with their salesmen when I spoke with them. I am looking for your thoughts about a small cat that I can operate myself. My goal is to run rivers on either a one day or two day trip. I don't have the time to run much longer trips.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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Old 08-02-2017   #2
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I love my Jacks Plastic Welding Culebra, 11' and has thwarts, so all you need is a normal raft frame.
I can self support for 5 days in it, super fun, light, can be taken apart and
be packed as luggage on a plane, and can handle bigger white water then you would think from the size. I have the optional cargo slings which allows me to carry a lot of gear if I want to, least for a boat that size. Cargo slings are good for grabbing a swimmer to.
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Old 08-04-2017   #3
Golden, Colorado
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Thank you for your recommendation. I was able to find some tubes and will modify my frame.
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Old 08-04-2017   #4
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Scott your fishing frame wouldn't be too hard to modify.
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Old 08-04-2017   #5
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Creature Craft. As a initial ww kayaker, I just love my G-2 Creature with balls - you can run it without the roll tubes and it is very hard to flip, narrow yet beefy. I have something like 10 boats and this would likely be the last one I would sell.
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Old 08-04-2017   #6
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I know you got something already, but I thought I'd mention the Star Inflatables Slice. Its similar in concept to most of other Paddle Cats with integrated thwarts and such, but despite its cheap price has added features over most others.

SLICE - STAR manufactures the world's finest inflatable rafts, catarafts and kayaks and accessories for whitewater rafting and touring.

The main features they have over others are the drop stitch floor in the passenger area and the splash guards over the bow and stern have a compartment with waterproof zippers so you have integrated dry storage. The fact that it has thwarts makes it so you can paddle it R1 or R2 style or put a simple frame on and row with it.

I have no affiliation with them, but like the look of these and want to get one eventually. They seem to go for about $1000-1200 depending where you look and whether star is having a promotion. It sounds like you get nice leafield valves and a 7 year warranty for that price too. Quite a deal.
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Old 08-10-2017   #7
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My trib 14/22 tubes are going strong after 11 years.

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