Okay, folks, here we go.
Recently a gentleman was looking to compare different types of inflatable rafts before making a purchase decision. I offered, and we talked about meeting on the Upper Kenai with a couple of my boats this spring. Well, the idea is starting to take on a life of its own, and may have a broader appeal.
So here's what I'm thinking. Let's get a bunch of us together, on the upper Kenai, in early May and do this. If you have a boat, bring it. If you don't, come anyway. One idea that has been suggested is a Saturday float, starting at Kenai Lake and floating to Jim's Landing by afternoon. We would do a shore lunch BBQ on a gravel bar along the way, maybe talk a bit about raft repair, look at the way folks rig their boats, and stuff like that. Those who wish to continue can go through the canyon with us and camp for the night on the shore of Skilak Lake. The boats can be all daisy-chained together and towed to the upper Skilak boat launch the next morning, weather permitting.
This would of course not be a commercial venture at all (we can't do that on the Kenai). It's just folks like us getting together on the river so other folks have a chance to see what boats they like.
So how about it? May is one of our most beautiful months of the year. We are deliberately doing this before fishing season is open, so we can focus on the boats and related stuff.
So let's chime in! I'll be first. I have two 18' catarafts (a Leopard and a Super Leopard) and a 12.5' NRS Otter. That's seating for two oarsmen besides myself, and at least five passengers.