Lol I know, I'm the one that bought it. All those pics are Meat Hog. Most are from Hell's Canyon back in September.Somebody sold the meat hog on here this summer:
15'6" Hyside Cataraft for sale, absolute bomber of a boat.(AKA Meat Hog) Quad Hypalon tubes, military valves. Holds air for weeks at a time. A great boat for getting into floating, dialed in, everything you need for day floats or expedition trips. Just need a cooler and some beers. Comes with...www.mountainbuzz.com
this is rad, thanks for finding. hyperlinked it for you ...I agree with @Kirks on this one. After owning the AIRE version of this boat, I will tell you that the boats have a reputation of carrying a lot of gear...but that reputation is not founded. That said they do crush in big whitewater! Do yourself a favor, sit back and take this in...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I92WXoGQxg
Wow, talk about a blast from the past!this is rad, thanks for finding. hyperlinked it for you ...
Iyeah I definitely noticed it taking a lot of straps when I had it on the Snake back in September. Took me 15 just to get the frame properly rigged to the tubes. And that didn't include the boards. But it will definitely punch through some rowdy shit.Its a game of straps on those flat framed twin tube barges. I suggest lots of loop straps and figuring out a system that works for you. those boats can be fun when not overloaded, as they are nimble and crush big whitewater. I remember the large square vittle vaults did pretty well sitting between the tubes with one strap over them for securing dry storage. There are a lot of cool things you can do with them but the reality is they dont carry a lot of gear well.
I also paddle an newer (2012) outrage and would love to get my hands on a whitesell. I wish there was more whitewater canoe offerings these days. I feel like all these people that are now r1ing rafts could be quickly converted to canoers and there would be more of a market.I paddle an "old" Outrage. It's kind of large by today's standards. That Whitesell is HUGE. I kind of want to try one.
That's some great info. My quad tube is just too much of a pain the arse to use often so it's really only for big multidays.In 2008 I got invited on a Grand Canyon trip for 2009. A friend of mine who had done several trips hooked me up with a guy who was moving east and wanted to sell an 18' twin tube cat with flat frame and four oars for $1,000. It had a few nicks and patches but held air well. I built new decks using the old ones as templates and took it down Westwater and Cataract in April of 2009, and finally the Grand in June.
It was an amazing boat: fast, super stable, and nimble. Research suggested it was a Chinese copy of the Aire, and probably from the early to mid-90s based on the valves. It charged straight through massive waves, no problem. But it was a wet ride and took a ton of straps - the lower decks between the tubes were hung a couple inches above the water using just straps. I'm not sure it would have been easy to right if I flipped, but I never came close to that.
Here's the boat at Lava, coming in at 0:40. Lava Rapid Grand Canyon June09 - YouTube and Bedrock at 1:05, Bedrock Rapid Grand Canyon June09 - YouTube, Crystal at 0:38, Crystal Rapid Grand Canyon June09 - YouTube Upset at 0:41,Upset Rapid Grand Canyon June09 - YouTube . I carried my share of the group stuff and picked up my girlfriend at Phantom; there was plenty of room for gear and I felt the boat was a lot less vulnerable to flipping than a raft with less tube for a wave to grab onto. They just came right through and out the back. I had to rig a strap up front for my rider to hang on!
I loved the boat but it was a bitch to rig, so for most rivers I used my 14' Otter. The big cat was set aside in a garage in Arizona for several years, and the heat and dryness ruined the glue. I tossed the tubes but kept the frame, decks, and oars. Someday I want to put it back in service. The only tubes I see that would work are these: Cataraft 18 Foot Double Tube Expedition Class 5 QuadCatt Does anyone have experience with QuadCatt?
Is mostly a PNW thing for big tube lightweight cats such as sotars as I understand it.I get the stern rig is better for guided trips to stuff on more passengers, hand them a paddle, and let them pretend they are boating, but the foreward station on cats... what up?