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Old 10-05-2009   #1
 
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WING inflatables?

Has anyone heard or had experience with WING inflatables? I guess they build boats for the military??
I saw a set of cat tubes on Craigslist for 1500 and they look pretty sweet but I've never seen one on any river nor heard any talk of them.
They use polyurethane fabric and welded seems so you would think they'de be pretty bad ass

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Old 10-05-2009   #2
 
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Oh yeah, WING boats are the shit. I'm pretty sure (but not positive) they're not being made anymore and the people that made them now work for SOTAR.
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I've run Wings commercially. They used to have the military contract, but Demaree has it again. Our Wing's are my boat of choice if all of our Avon's are out. 1500 sounds like a good deal for Wing. I can't say much about how the cat tubes handle, I've only run round boats, but the owner of our company has a Wing cat setup and he loves it. Not much info, but a bit.
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Old 10-05-2009   #4
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Boated with some folks on the Owyhee this year that ran a Wing cat. They liked it.
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Old 10-05-2009   #5
 
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Of the rafters I float with, one of them is a former owner of a rafting guide company and another one is a former long time guide. They are both gear heads who know everything there is to know about raft design, materials, and construction. They both own Wings.
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Old 10-05-2009   #6
 
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shapp
I wonder if these tubes aren't the ones you saw
14' Cataraft Tubes

Ture
do your friends have the cats or round boats?
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BTW it's nice to be out of the Saturn thread for a change, Damb that was a long one
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Old 10-05-2009   #8
 
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Anything Wing made is great... buy them before someone beats you to them.
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Old 10-05-2009   #9
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Chris, the tubes my friends had did not have a black top chafe pad, but a yellow one. Plus they are in Bear Valley, not Boise.

Different tubes.
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shapp
I wonder if these tubes aren't the ones you saw
14' Cataraft Tubes

Ture
do your friends have the cats or round boats?
They have round boats.
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