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Old 12-06-2016   #1
 
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Favorite Paddle Cat / Shredder??

RMR paddle cat, Hyside, Aire Sabertooth?? What else is out there?

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Old 12-06-2016   #2
 
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Don't forget about the Bublik!




Now thats a paddle cat there, man!


If that ain't your cup o' tea, you might like the Hydro Bronc...... It turns Class V rapids into a nice walk in the Park.




Good luck and have fun with what ever you finally choose.




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Old 12-06-2016   #3
 
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R1,R2, frame? What do you want outta your boat the most?


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Old 12-06-2016   #4
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Jacks Plastic Welding Culebra. The advantages are that it is laced together and can be completley broken down for easy transport. You can run it as a regular Cat as well. It has the high thwart design like a saber tooth, so it tends to ride over big waves instead of slamming into them and getting surfed.
It's also a very light boat, and the pieces can be carried as luggage.

The one disadvantage is the bracing in system is not the best, I use a dry bag for my back foot. You could probly add a lace in foot cup for your back foot.

Bottom line though, I love my Culebra, I probly use it with a basic raft frame 85% of the time, and R-2 it the rest. Jack makes these really awesome cargo slings for the front and back, and I do a lot of self support 2-3 day trips with these and a 1 bay raft frame. It's extremely nimble and fun to row, and will run bigger stuff then you think.

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I swear I don't work for JPW! Just a satisfied customer, love my boat as much as my Paco Pad and dry bags.
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Star Slice. Check it out. Good budget boat. Nice and light. I have two friends that love their slices.
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Thriller | Custom Inflatables, Inc.

I had a chance to get out on one of these, I was quite impressed...being a shredder loyalist.

36lbs
Urethane bottom
Lots of extras
$1800
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Thriller | Custom Inflatables, Inc.

I had a chance to get out on one of these, I was quite impressed...being a shredder loyalist.

36lbs
Urethane bottom
Lots of extras
$1800
This! Made in WV and they can handle any custom changes you want, all for a very reasonable price. I was getting ready to go this route but ended up not going with a paddle cat.
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Old 12-07-2016   #8
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Thriller | Custom Inflatables, Inc.

I had a chance to get out on one of these, I was quite impressed...being a shredder loyalist.

36lbs
Urethane bottom
Lots of extras
$1800
Very cool! I love the ThrillKat they made custom for me (15" diameter X 10' tubes, 44" overall width) that I run with a kayak paddle. Great company but give them plenty of time to build your custom boat. Mine took about 6 months.

Are the thwarts of the new Thriller the same foam block design as the ThrillKat? Great to see they keep innovating!
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Old 12-07-2016   #9
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. To clarify a bit, a few friends are going in on this to share and it will primarily be run on day stretches as an R2 / Beer support craft. Also would like to be able to do a light self support 1 or 2 night trip.

Digging the thriller. Is it worth the extra coin to go for the Hyside with their quality construction and good reputation? Not trying to start a debate with that one but I am currently selling a Hyside raft from the early 90's that has held up real well over the years.
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The thriller has traditional thwarts like other paddle cats.

The hyside boats are super tough, and I think they perform the most like a shredder....probably because they aren't as stiff as pvc boats.
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