I am looking to pick up a one man Cataraft for use in drop off fishing floats using float planes. I have started researching this but am having a hard time making a decision due to the amazing variety of materials, options and mostly....prices. They all look generally the same but why are some $2000 and others are $250 and where does the point of diminishing returns begin? If this has been covered in an archived thread....just point me there but other than that, all suggestions are welcome.
To offer more detail, I am looking at doing Bristol Bay rivers....so, little whitewater, little exposure to big water and wind, I plan to pack light but still want some cargo options. I'm not worried about fishing from it...that's what gravel bars are for. Mostly I need a sturdy and rugged boat. Other floats I've had out here have had a fair amount of dragging and I don't want to chince on this aspect and end up with a flat 40 miles up a river. I'm an experienced floater but have largely used round rafts in groups and am looking forward to some solos or with a buddy that has a one man as well.