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Old 12-24-2016   #1
 
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NRS River Cat 16

Found a great deal on a River Cat 16. I've spent my whole life running 14' rafts around Oregon rivers. Is a 16' cat a good size for multi day trips on the Deschutes and Rogue? Day trips on Clack, N. Santiam, McKenzie? Or should I stick with 14 footers.

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My general rule of thumb is that a cat "feels" like a raft 2' shorter. That's in terms of capacity and maneuverability. Clearly there are big differences still (hull speed, hole punching abilities, etc), but that's how I think of cats for trip planning purposes.
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I am with this guy^^^^^^^ 14 foot raft=16 foot cat.
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If you go with a 16, you will want to make the frame wider to accommodate larger cooler and gear. That means you will need longer oars and the boat will be harder time floating some of the more technical rivers unless you are in the spring runoff. For example, there are a few spots on the clack you probably won't want to run in mid June that you would feel fine with on a smaller cat. Then there is the question if you widen the frame, of why stop at 16', especially if you are physically capable of rowing larger. But that will for sure restrict you to the Deschutes and rogue, with the benefit of being able to run Rainey falls (because you will have to)

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Thanks for the feedback. Pulled the trigger. Used setup: 2007 tubes, top cat frame, 4 cataract oars, groover, recretec box, 123 qt Engel cooler, and trailer for $2800. Too good to pass up. See you out there!
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Have fun with your new gear! We have an 18' Aire Cat that is approaching its
17th year, have run high and low on Deso, Deschutes, John Day, Green, San Juan, Roaring Forks, Colorado...has been an awesome boat and experiences.
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