Well, I went out to the Matanuska last weekend with Jim Strutz and company. It was a wonderful time; thanks, Jim! I'm not much of a whitewater guy, but I followed him through Lion's Head with a few other folks. I was trying out the new Super Leopard I picked up this year. The thing handles like a dream!
Thought I'd toss a few photos out there for you to drool over. This is the one cataraft I would have no problem putting two guys and two moose in. I think it will haul about 3,000 lbs, but AIRE doesn't have numbers on it yet. I'd love to see what it would do with a large outboard on the back.
Sorry about the pics- one is in the front yard after the trip (wanted to show the inner sponsons that give this thing such a giant load capacity), and the other is at our overnight campsite on the river, where we hauled the boats up on the bank for fear that rising water would take them away. The river didn't rise, though it was raining a little.
Maybe Jim has some whitewater pics? I was just a bit busy at the time and didn't stop for photos! It was running just over a Class III.