I was talking with Goo Voght today, of Alaska Wildwater, and he told me he just took delivery of a brand new boat from SOTAR. It's gonna fit right in with the narrow boat float hunting crowd. Many of you already know SOTAR's legendary quality, and this boat is no different. Goo was personally involved in designing it and I think it's going to find a solid niche for hunters looking for a quality small canoe for moose or caribou hunting. Here are the specs:
13" inside width
33" outside width
2 chambers, fore and aft
Grommet strips just below the top of the tubes, for lacing gear, seats, etc in place.
Non bailer (will carry more weight than a bailer)
Fabric: 30oz. X 2,000 Denier polyester
Note the fabric. The base cloth in many of the packrafts is around 200-400 denier, this boat is 2,000. Much stronger and a lot less susceptible to catastrophic tube failures. This is a boat to watch, folks. It's a prototype, so there is an opportunity to improve on the design if you let Goo know what you want. I don't know the price, but Goo is committed to keeping it within reach. On the other hand, it is a SOTAR and those guys don't make junk. Expect to pay a bit more for quality.
I like that it is a non bailer. For those looking for a small hunting boat, the non bailing design will hold much more of that heavy game meat.
Check it out!