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#1 Vic


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:05 PM

Hi all - I've been pondering picking up a small inflatable type watercraft this summer for some of the smaller water that's around (think Manzanita lake for instance, but also Milton, Hobart, etc).  I've got the hard shell kayaks and rack on the camper but this would be more for solo fishing trips so something I can easily store in the back of the crew cab or even the Wrangler and easily get down to the water (or back up at the end of a long day)


I've been planning on a pontoon like the Classic Accessories Colorado, but saw and add for this guy and was thinking this might be a good alternative.  




Any thoughts?  

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 01:36 PM

Vic, you're going to fight the wind in a raft like this. I'd consider a good float tube first.
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Posted 27 April 2017 - 07:28 PM

Why I like a float tub with a really good fin design...I sit lower in the water and use my legs to move me around. That leaves my handsfree to have a fly rod in my hands. That means while putting around I can feel anything happening on at other end of the line. That is just me...

Edited by pvstoy, 28 April 2017 - 01:50 PM.

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 03:09 AM

I am very fond of the watermaster rafts or flyfishing lakes and rivers. I have a 21 year old version of the Grizzly and it is still going strong!


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 05:22 PM

Have you considered a classic pack canoe? How about a Hornbeck?


12' 15 lbs no inflation or folding or setting up frames. They even have pack frame mounts to carry them if you wish.


I have an Old Town Discovery 119. it's light at 45 lbs. but I'm thinking of moving to a Hornbeck for the camper roof.



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

I borrowed an inflatable kayak from a friend. I wasn't impressed. Since then I've been wanting an inflatable stand up paddle board. Smaller to pack than a kayak and very rigid and depending on the design quite stable. Not as much as a boat/hull of course. I don't plan to use it for fishing but have seen pics of people using them in that way.


That Hornbeck is pretty cool. Light too. Very spendy!

Edited by ETAV8R, 29 April 2017 - 09:07 PM.

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 11:33 PM

This WTW thread from a few months ago has a good discussion on the +/- of inflatables:  http://www.wanderthe...flatable-kayak/

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:54 AM

We used to be Folbot devotees but wound up doing 1,000's of miles down whitewater rivers over many years. (Including four 18 and 21 day trips down the Grand Canyon.)


But then last week on a business trip to Florida Sioux and I rented a 2 person hard kayak for birdwatching and marveled how much we enjoyed it. BUT the all-day paddling really messed up my tendinitis... 


So today we went into the local rafting shop to buy some straps for an upcoming whitewater trip with our cataraft. Two hours we left with this baby and 3,300.00 (including tax) poorer! I'm not a fisherman but they say fishing guides love them.


It does fold up but makes for a really big package. I think my dreams of a regular cab for the next flatbed camper build just got squashed! :)



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 12:00 PM

My $200 float tube is getting jealous....

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 06:38 PM



The search for  a take along watercraft becomes a real issue for true campers who like to get away from the crowds.


We have owned Klepper folding kayaks for years and, while they are remarkably able sea boats and fun to just poke around a lake with, the time and fuss to assemble them just to paddle a lake is a bit of a pain.


Applying Davids' third Law of Boating Fun Quotient, we are now gonna drag along a 11.5 Livingston boat for a few trips.


Livingstons' have the advantage of being very tough, very cheap on the used market AND being very light to trailer or launch even without a ramp.


The catamaran hull shape makes them very stable for poking around and pretty safe if you set low in the hull during a blow.


We recently got a 12' footer that was even factory configured to Sail !


The advantage of dragging along a lightweight boat is that a lot of other toys ride in it and don't clutter up the camper....Livingstons were built as short as 7 feet.....probably light enough to roof top on a FWC.


Just some thoughts.


David Graves


PS I wish I could find a Livingston users forum but no luck yet.  

Edited by DavidGraves, 30 April 2017 - 06:41 PM.

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