I've been reading old discussions in the canoeing section as I start the early stage of planning a float hunt next year. I found some comments by Mainer and others about carrying and towing an inflatable raft or canoe or something. I've also had some limited discussions on and off the web about carrying capacity. The general consensus is w/ my 15' Sport Boat I will likely have to make a second trip, if I'm successful, which isn't the end of the world.
But I wonder about the usefulness of carrying an inflatable, packed in the canoe, and then inflating and loading either meat or gear into the inflatable to tow back downstream and upriver. This comes to mind as I have (my girlfriend's actually) an inflatable Sevylor 2 person kayak. The seats are removable, so I would have what amounts to a floating bathtub. It's one of those cheaper ($200-ish) recreational types that SW sells. (Bought it at SW about 10 yrs ago.)
Would that be stable enough to haul any amount of load (300-400 lbs-I'm not sure what the wt rating is for it,but at 2 person, it must be at least 300.)? Or would I be better off buying a similar, recreational type raft? Keeping in mind that I'm starting to buy a lot of gear and need to keep the budget down. (I can try to find a used one obviously.) I can't go out and buy an expensive raft like one would take as a primary craft on a fly in trip. If it has to come to that, I'll just be making multiple trips.
On a related note: has anyone towed a kayak with a person in it? What was that experience like? My son (12 yrs old) has a hard shell kayak, but we may need to tow it or him in it back upstream. Looking for ideas on that. (That's for camping this summer.)