On the Cabarton.. you'll most likely just dump it when you take out. might get a little water in there at Trestle, some at francois, then you'll be hitting Howards Plunge and taking out. I doubt you'll spend any time bailing. the little bit of water that will be in there won't affect your ride much at all. - if you're just planning on playing on the Cabarton and the Main, I think you'll do fine with a bucket boat.I have run the Cabarton dozens of times but mostly on my buddies panther. I found 14' foot avon round boat with an oaring frame(which is exactly what I want) for $850. The problem is that it is a standard floor with a foam insert. I have read numerous posts that the self bailing floor is the way to go and I believe you BUT I want to hear from someone who has actually used one, not someone who just turns their nose up to the idea of a standard floor. I know it's a pain in the ass but how much of a pain in the ass is it? This boat could give me the opportunity to convince my wife to spend the money to get a raft as opposed to possibly not getting one at all. I won't be doing anything much more than the Cabarton. What percentage of time on the river do you spend bailing? Can it get you into as much trouble as people imply? Basically would I be okay getting this one to gauge if it would be worth it for me to upgrade in the future?
Thanks in advance for your time.
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