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    Default Bigger pack raft?

    Does anyone know if there is a larger pack raft than the biggest unit Alpaca makes?
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    Bigger than the Fjord Explorer? That's a pretty big boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Bigger than the Fjord Explorer? That's a pretty big boat.
    Well, I wouldn't exactly call the Explorer "big" but it does give you a bit extra room. I can cram my two girls in it with me for some goofing around in flat water, but it's much easier to paddle if only one of them is in it with me.

    Nice boat though and I'm glad I bought it. So far I've been using it as a shore boat when I anchor up for deer hunts and some duck hunting on the Stikine flats...great for crossing sloughs at high tide.

    My guess is that Alpaca probably has reached the max size limit with the Explorer using the current materials that they make them from. Bigger would probably require heavier material to maintain the boats shape & form.

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    I'm willing to go to a 20# boat that can legitimately carry one big guy, a 50# pack and a moose hind quarter on less than class II water. Combined with my son and a Mokai I have a few rivers this might open up. I thought Alaska Raft and Kayak had something similar to the Alpaca, but a little larger??
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    I'm willing to go to a 20# boat that can legitimately carry one big guy, a 50# pack and a moose hind quarter on less than class II water. Combined with my son and a Mokai I have a few rivers this might open up. I thought Alaska Raft and Kayak had something similar to the Alpaca, but a little larger??
    Doug,

    Are you thinking of the NRS Inflatable Kayak? It weighs 20#, but I've never been in one and have no idea about the capacity.
    http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=1625

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    I'm willing to go to a 20# boat that can legitimately carry one big guy, a 50# pack and a moose hind quarter on less than class II water. Combined with my son and a Mokai I have a few rivers this might open up. I thought Alaska Raft and Kayak had something similar to the Alpaca, but a little larger??
    Hey Doug,

    I have the Denali Llama - in 2008 I used it on my moose hunt to ferry two of us across a lake in 5 minutes, as opposed to a 45 minute hike around the lake. I'm 185, and with my rifle and gear I had to be about 200 - 205; the guy with me goes 225, so let's say he was 240 with gear. The raft was stable, the toughest thing was paddling and not dripping any water on him in the front.

    I know a lake is a little calmer than Class 1, but we had almost 450 pounds in the Llama, with no problem...I think it could very possibly handle you, a moose quarter, and a 50 pound pack in Class 1? If you're a big guy in the back, it would seem like the moose quarter and pack in the front should stabilize things pretty well?

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    Default Feathercraft may have what you want

    Feathercraft in Vancouver makes lightweight packable rafts. You can get them with paddles or oars. They are billed as tender rafts for sailboats, but these boats definitely have the capacity to go downriver. Very light. I have a Baylee and love it.
    http://www.feathercraft.com/rowboats/index.php

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    Very interesting Thanks
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