I'm starting to plan out my inflatable-square-sterned-freighter-canoe-hybrid for fly-out duty hunting and fishing around AK . . . . .
Some of you may remember this watercraft as an early prototype called the "Power Traveler". But, AIRE has now passed that title on to an inflatable double-ender canoe, with a small mounting plate for an equally small powerplant. So, to avoid confusion, I call these inflatables, "Pangas". So do the folks down at AIRE/Idaho, and the guys at AR&K/Anchorage (they even have one last Panga, still rolled up in the back). There are three Pangas located in Eagle River, that I know of. My Panga has a welded aluminum transom. Some of the other Pangas have a completely open stern. Their owners use a long rowing frame with a motor mount, similar to those on catarafts. AIRE has un-officially suggested a 25hp limit, which will push a Panga to over 20kts.
Here are the spec's of my Panga: Length 17'4", Beam 56" (rear 12' of raft), Tube Diameter 16" (tapering in the front 5' of raft to 13" at the bow), inflated self-bailing floor with a V-keel forming toward the bow, channels water aft and out around the open sides of the transom, Bow Height 28", Outer Shell is made from the same HD 37/43oz PVC, with Poly-Urethane inner bladders, as AIRE's other large rafts/catarafts, Weight 115 lbs.
Most Panga owners are using outboard jets, which require some tweaking around the transom for best performance. But, I'm thinking about trying a surface-drive motor. (Note - my transom is 19.25" tall, but that could be changed, if the results with an SD motor are worth it?)
I'm open to opinions and suggestions. Come on guys, help me pimp my Panga?