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Old 04-04-2019   #1
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Red Shank

Anyone ever seen one of these? My neighbor just picked it up for $100 and wants to set it up as a WW raft for our local run class II+ / III run on the Poudre. I think it is doable, but get ready to get wet and bucket the hell out of it!
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Old 04-04-2019   #2
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Hey quit playing with your dingy!
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Old 04-04-2019   #3
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I have an Avon dinghy with a wood transom that I take down my local II-III(IV-) run once and a while (900-1100cfs). Pretty fun. A little more work for sure. Once you bail out enough to flip it, that’s the best way to get the water out. Never done the poudre, but if there are some good pools to flip and re-right you should be golden. Be careful flipping against shore, the extra weight and sharp rocks/sticks might make for a bad day.
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I've seen one go down the Nenana in Alaska a couple times. That one had a skilled guide who knew the river, an oar frame, and another guy to bail. The second guy wasn't very big; the first one was a bit taller than average. I don't remember what it was flowing but at least a few thousand CFS. Class III/IV-. Never saw them flip, but they might have once or twice.
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Old 04-05-2019   #5
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I run my 82 redshank with a conduit frame for low water fishing and its so light and easy to move. Its a dog when it gets much water in it but thats just the way it was before self bailers. Looking forward to taking it down the Gorge this summer for a splash and laughs. Fully expect to buckle and flip it in Tumbleweed. The rubber on those old boats is so supple that it doesnt exactly get drum tight.
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Old 04-05-2019   #6
Moab, Utah
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The mighty red shank

My boss ran the grand in her 12 foot red shank. I'll have to find the pictures.
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Old 04-05-2019   #7
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My boss ran the grand in her 12 foot red shank. I'll have to find the pictures.
That I would love to see!
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Old 04-05-2019   #8
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If he ends up not wanting it, I'll give him $100 for it. I'm always looking for patch material.
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