First off I hafta say, I don't think theres a thread on this board about rafting that I haven't read, but with so many options out there I need some of you experienced guys to point me in the right direction.
I've been in the woods since I was a kid, been on boats just as long and for the past year I have had this incredible itch to get a raft for doing float fishing/hunting trips and I really don't know what avenue I should take.
I like the Pro-Pioneer for its size, but I wouldn't be able to really hunt with anyone else, but float fishing would be great. Its payload ability is right up my alley.
I like the Levitator for its payload ability in sense I could run it myself but also add another person. But its really not that big of a raft size-wise, its mainly a hauler.
NRS 16' Kodiak. I saw one in person and I liked the frame design, it can haul a nice payload and unlike a round raft your able to really disperse the weight and I really like the ability to add floor boards. You'd have to suspend most loads in a raft anyways, so I like having a sold frame that a cat offers....A cat would really be up my alley, but I guess the restrictions would be the rivers in which it travels due to its draft. I like goin where no one else will, and makin my own trails off the beaten path.
Biggest thing is I am planning on my future hunting and with this thought including my family and I'm really leaning towards a cat. I like to make every purchase count and I know there's no do it all inflatable so maybe you guys could chime in and offer a few opinions.
I'm currently planning an '09 float and this purchase would be part of it. I've seen quite a few places the ProPioneer has gone that a cat couldn't due to its draft, but I like space, I like having enough room and versatility that the floor space adds especially for the early season fishing trips with friends and family.
It does sound like a cat is up my alley. I will say my floating experience is limited to occasional kayak and canoe.
So lets here it. I've seen lots of good discussion and debate hopefully you guys can help me narrow down my choice.