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    Anybody have any experience with the stearn or sevylor inflatable canoes. I'd like to get an inflatable that I can pack into some of these off the road lakes. I would like an aire or a soar eventually but the price is a little scary.

  • #2
    Cheaper Inflatables

    Chuck,

    I'm a big fan of the "buy once" philosophy, but over the years have owned cheaper gear that got me by until I had enough money to buy something better.

    I had a good friend who used Sevylor canoes for floating Willow Creek and such, and he seemed to have good luck with them. They're not a top end boat by any means (in fact, you'll hear people refer to them as a pool toy), but a higher end Sevylor might work, depending on what you have in mind.

    Hope it helps!

    -Mike
    Michael Strahan
    Site Owner
    Alaska Hunt Consultant
    1 (907) 229-4501

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    • #3
      Its all relative

      I have a couple of the $250.00 canoe/ kayaks, and I use them to walk back into a couple of lakes in the Kenai Wildlife refuge that don't have designated trails, and would make it most impossible to get a hard shell into. They work great for that purpose for fishing, and putting a little overnight camping gear in with you.. I have had one about 4 or 5 years now, and have put one patch on it. basically I used the PVC tape is all for the repair..
      I have never used them on rivers or sharp rocks, and don't intend on it. just lakes. They are stable and paddle easily and at my age,, the lighter the pack the more I like it...
      That is why I got these little inflatables.
      I have considered replacing them when the OZONE finally gets them, for the Alpacka Boat. They have one that looks like the cats meow for my hidden lake trips...... and at under 10 lbs,, can you go wrong???
      Max
      When you come to a fork in the trail, take it!

      Rentals for Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts, boats serving the Kenai canoe trail system and the Kenai river for over 15 years. www.alaskacanoetrips.com

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      • #4
        Stearns canoe

        I have one of these stearns two man kayak/canoe deals. It is pretty heavy to pack, I'm sure theres got to be a lighter better boat for a little more money out there. It will deflate somewhat when you put it in cold water and you have to sit on the floor which gets uncomfortable after you start getting wet from water running down the paddle. other than that it is what I expected it to be.
        William

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        • #5
          Drip Rings

          Originally posted by nielsenwa
          ... you start getting wet from water running down the paddle...
          William
          William,

          You might try using drip rings on your paddles. They're specifically designed to keep water from running down the shaft and down your arms.

          -Mike
          Michael Strahan
          Site Owner
          Alaska Hunt Consultant
          1 (907) 229-4501

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          • #6
            Thanks I'll give them a try. Can't beat the price for the comfort of being dry!

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            • #7
              Low Priced Inflatable

              I BOUGHT A STEARNS INFLATABLE KAYAK 2 YEARS AGO TO USE ON A 36 MILE FLOAT DOWN THE KELLY RIVER (LOWER NOATAK TRIBUTARY). I WAS QUITE SKEPTICAL AT FIRST. BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT, THIS THING WAS TOUGH. IT WAS DRUG THROUGH ROCKY SHALLOWS AND BOUNCED OFF ROCKS FOR 7 DAYS. NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS. I WEIGH 320 LB SO YOU CAN APPRECIATE THIS TO BE A TRUE TORTURE TEST FOR SUCH A BOAT. IT WORKED GREAT. IT ALSO COMES WITH A REPAIR KIT AND STORAGE BAG. I RECENTLY SAW THEM AT WWW.WALMART.COM FOR LIKE $169. I HAD GOT MINE AT CABELAS FOR AROUND $200-$250. I FORGET THE MODEL NUMBER, BUT IT IS THE ONE MAN KAYAK AND IS YELLOW. THROW IN A CHEAP KAYAK PADDLE AND A PUMP AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. TOUGH TO BEAT FOR THE PRICE.
              The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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              • #8
                used canoe

                A freind and I are planning for a float hunt in September and bought our canoes used. We both bought SOAR S16 and are happy as can be with them. I payed $400 he payed $600. If you look around a little you should be able to find one for around the same price. When we were looking for ours we saw quite a few listed for sale in Alaska. Check the rafting web-sites around for their used gear pages. Good luck.
                www.coloradooutdoorsdirectory.com

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                • #9
                  info

                  Hey thanks for all the input guys

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                  • #10
                    pak canoe or inflatable

                    Does anyone have experence with the Aire Traveller inflatable canoe? How do they handle when paddled solo in flat water and ww up to class III. How about the Ally pak or Pak canoes? How tough are they and can you paddle them solo?

                    Mark

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                    • #11
                      aire traveler

                      I own two of them and they have worked very well. I usually have had two people and several days worth of fishing and camping gear in them. I have never paddled mine though. I use oars and a rowing frame. I am just alot more comfortable with oars. When I used to own an ocean boat I used it as a dingy with a 2hp outboard. Once I had 6 adults, fishing gear,and a 2hp motor. It held that weight just fine (although I would never do that in a river). I bought mine at alaska raft and kayak. I had very good service there and would recomend them.

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                      • #12
                        Allys are incredible...

                        I sent you a pm Berger. Ally pack canoes are amazing. Best money I have ever spent. Made in Norway, only importer into the US is Cascade Crags in Washington state. They are the original pack canoe. Used the world over for a long time. 47 lbs, 16.5 ft long, fit in a large backpack, can carry 900 lbs, assemble in 30 minutes, and checked as regular luggage at the airport. What more could you want. These things were made for Alaska bush trips.
                        The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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                        • #13
                          Choices!

                          You get what you pay for.

                          Sterns and Sevor are toys that will not stand up to the rigors of anything but the most calm and quite waters. I cannot stress enough the dangers of taking these back yard pool toys out onto Alaska’s waters!

                          I took 2 friends on a 6-day trip into the Brooks Range and did not look at their equipment until the day before the trip. You guessed it, Sevor! There was no way to convince these folks that they were putting themselves and me in danger, hell I offered to give them one of my rafts free of charge from my fleet. Well with out going into a 2,000 word rant it was a trip from hell and never again will I put myself in that position. The moral of this story is just what Strahan said, “buy once” for the long haul and always remember that your life may depend upon your choice to save a few bucks.


                          Walt
                          Northwest Alaska Back Country Rentals
                          Your best bet in Rafts, Canoes and Camp rentals
                          www.northwestalaska.com
                          Kotzebue, Alaska

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                          • #14
                            Strongly Agree!

                            I strongly agree with Mr Strahan! We have all been there......... COST vs ?
                            I believe what you spend today, determines the performance you get tomorrow! Your welfare may depend on it! Good Luck!
                            Be safe, and enjoy your time outdoors!
                            Mountain Man

                            "I'm not here for a long time! I'm here for a good time!!!!!!!!!!!"

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                            • #15
                              slow reflection, do you have the rowing frame that is recomended for your traveler or something different? Have you rowed while someone is fishing standing in front, just wondering about the stability?

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