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    Default Maiden Voyage!

    I finally bit the bullet and got myself a new Sotar. I have been running them for years. When I owned a whitewater rafting company I ran them and all the fishing guiding I have done has been out of an older SS model. This one arrived the other day and I was finally able to get it on the water. I can say unequivocally this is the best rowing boat I have ever taken down the river with three people in it. It has way more rocker than other boats I've owned so it's a little more drift-boat-like I have to tweak the frame a little bit because this boat is a little longer than my last one and do a few things to it. I could have put a lot more days on my old boat but I figured that since I'm moving to AK I'd be happier and more confident with something new. This is pretty similar to how most boats are set up for Montana fishing, but I also have a bare bones frame for backcountry, whitewater and multi-day stuff.

    A couple of things I've noticed. New Cataract oars are way heavier than old Cataracts. The new convertible oar rights are pretty sweet, you can feather, then when you want to anchor in current you can flip them down, or when you've got a novice on the oars they can use them to make life easier. This is the first high back seat I have put on my boats and I will be putting them on every boat from now on, so much easier on the spine.

    It weighs more than 100 pounds but that's before I removed the thwarts. It is pretty easy to pack but I seriously doubt that any airlines would allow it as checked baggage. I am thinking I'll end up adding an Aire Leopard to the fleet before I make the move but this is still going to be my everyday boat.






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    Default Nice looking set up

    Nice boat. Got a quick question about you back seat. As it is elevated, do you have the passenger sitting in use anything for a foot rest or do you find that the tubes work?

    I run a 14 Alaska series two seats in front and the rowers seat. I will install a rear seat this year as I plan on taking a 3rd passenger. Just looking for Ideas and advice. Thanks and may be we will see you on the rivers.

    What river is in the picture?

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    If the person sitting in the back is an adult they can rest their feet on the cross bar behind the drybox, unless they are really short. Mostly we're fishing off to one side or the other so feet get put up on the tubes. I really like elevating that back passenger, it gets them up for a better view and puts their fly just a little farther out of harm's way. The frame is custom made locally by a company that is now out of business but if you want a picture of how they did it I can get it for you. You would have to use a shop that can bend the schedule 40 pipe but they way that it's made is pretty slick.

    That is the Bitterroot River.

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    Hey benjy, like your new raft. Looks like a BLACK FOOT frame? I started MAD DOG RIVER WORKS down there about 30 yrs ago in Lolo. So nice to see the Bitteroot again. We can build the same frame if anyone is interested, sotar.com. Good luck on your move. Remember Alaska is not Montana!! Love it here, but do miss those warm Montana - Idaho rivers!!
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    Default Interesting boat

    I admit I have not been looking at SOTAR for a while, so this design (the "STRIKE") escaped me. Looks like one end has diminished tubes and the other end is standard? Interesting idea; you can put your heavy load in the "fatter" end, and leave more interior room for a passenger at the other end...

    Kudos for innovation... man, I've got to keep my eyes and ears open.

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    Default Sweet Boat!

    Sweet Boat. I do love me some raft porn!

    I love Alaska, and 75% of the time I wouldn't dream of living anywhere else. But if I ever do leave, I'll be headed back to big sky country. The Madison, Ruby and Rock Creek still have an inexplicable hold on my soul, and seem to continually draw me back. I'm trying to figure out how to swing another trip this summer.

    Thanks for the pics and good luck with the move. I'll be looking for the boat on the Kenai.

    Tight Lines.

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