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    I'm looking to get a full size cataraft and wanted to get some advice on what brand, model, and size are best suited for my needs. I plan on doing day trips and/or short overnight trips on the Kenai, Kasilof, Little Su, and Gulkana. Also, I want to do some extended float hunts for moose and caribou. For the day trips, I would probably have two to four people (included myself) and for the float hunts, I would probably have myself and one other person.

    So far, I have been looking at the AIRE cougar, lion, and leopard. I have talked to several people regarding draft on the single tube cats in comparison to the double tube (quad tube) design as seen on the cougar. Does the cougar draft a lot less water than the lion or similar models?

    Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Here's a thread I started a while back, might help?

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...es-!?highlight=

    Use the search function, this is a popular topic.

    Again Welcome, Dave.
    "Luckily, enforcement reads these forums, and likely will peruse this one...Especially after a link of it is forwarded to them....." - AlaskaHippie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDAK View Post
    I'm looking to get a full size cataraft and wanted to get some advice on what brand, model, and size are best suited for my needs. I plan on doing day trips and/or short overnight trips on the Kenai, Kasilof, Little Su, and Gulkana. Also, I want to do some extended float hunts for moose and caribou. For the day trips, I would probably have two to four people (included myself) and for the float hunts, I would probably have myself and one other person.

    So far, I have been looking at the AIRE cougar, lion, and leopard. I have talked to several people regarding draft on the single tube cats in comparison to the double tube (quad tube) design as seen on the cougar. Does the cougar draft a lot less water than the lion or similar models?

    Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
    tdak,
    i hunted out of a couger for quite a few years and i believe it would draw less than a single tube. in my opinion the true beauty of the double tube is it is easier for hauling meat,with a tarp and some spruce bows on class 1 or 2 river i just set it on the tubes and often never even lashed it. i know shame on me. it seemed like the meat got good air circulation even on the boat and was easier at the end of the day to hang it again.

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    Quad tube cats do draft less, but not by that much unless heavily loaded. The tubes on a Cougar are only 18" diameter so they don't displace all that much water compared to a 26" tube. But the single tube cats are usually faster and easier to row. In any case, if less draft is your goal a conventional raft is the better choice.

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