I have done a bit of research on the forums regarding this subject and so far am enjoying reading up on opinions regarding raft choice.
My boyfriend, his adult daughter, and I are planning a float trip next fall. We are thinking about the possibility of purchasing a zodiac type inflatable (or two) because we would like to be able to use the boat we purchase for other types of water - rivers in unit 14, etc. However, I do understand that sometimes when you try to use an item for other than it's intended purposes you sometimes run into issues. Possible issues I see with a zodiac type boat are
1. lack of d-rings for strapping things down - possible to add those?
2. load capacity - we would like to each be able to shoot a bou -
3. ability to put a rowing frame of some sort on it, and also for holding things off the floor.
4. durability (not sure if zodiac type rafts are tough enough for dragging)
5. clearance in the water
Has anyone here ever put a zodiac type boat down the Ivishak? Our neighbor did this fall with three such rafts and said they made it down ok, but they had to drag quite a bit. This may or may not be a one time deal for us. So using the raft in the future will most likely be for motoring up and down rivers and in lakes.
I have floated the Kisiralik in a super leopard (probably the most beautiful trip I have been on, in AK), and also the kenai river and little su...Have used the aire traveler to haul a 68" moose out a slough, and also fishing on lakes and smaller rivers. I like the possibility of taking a cat on the Iv., and the fact you can put a motor on it if you want... but, again, it is not really the type of boat you'd want to put a motor on and take up and down the deshka.
thanks a bunch