I met these two guys on this forum, and I wanted to let them know how stoked I am on my new boat. They gave me great input on how I should design the boat to fit my demanding needs- I pretty much wanted a boat that could do everything. The boat has handled great in high volume-punching big holes on Lions Head at 4’. I have had fun sessioning up Eagle River at different flows. Yesterday, it proved nimble enough to make it down the bony guardrail section of the Willow- the boat is going to allow me to do creeks I would never have thought an oar rig could go down. It should be great on 6 Mile and am looking forward to taking it on the Talkeetna in a few weeks.
Goo, thanks for talking me down on the tubes…you were right on these work great. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me about the geometry of the tubes and giving hands-on personal experience of the different cat designs in wild water.
Brian, the frame design rocks. The high clearance on the front of the boat is super valuable, and the front rowing station has numerous advantages. The extra frame options will prove very useful for passengers and fishing. Again your expertise on the water has helped me out big time-thanks for the coaching!
Here is a photo of the guardrail put-in. The way this boat is able to crab walk across the creek and straddle rocks prevented me from getting hung up-super clean run at a pretty low flow.