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    I am looking for any input or advice anyone is willing to pass along! All i know is i probably want a 18' cat. I dont need a packable raft as i wont be doing any fly in trips. I have a trailer for hauling it. I figured a cat would work best for what im looking for. I want something very stable, versatile but can handle day trips down the Kenai as well as multiple night trips.
    I will have up to about 4,500$ to spend on a setup. I keep an eye out for used stuff online but havent found too much to my liking. Maybe the Sportsmans show would be a good time to look for a good deal on a cat? Also curious about frame options and any other input anyone might have. thanks!

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    Brian, I have a 2008 18' Aire Leopard That I will be selling this spring once I dig it out of the garage and set it up to place on Craigslist. It's complete with frame, cargo mod, anchor system/anchor, motor mount, 3 10' oars, etc. I even have a couple of 4 stroke motors (one of which I will be selling) with or without this boat. PM me if you think you may be interested.
    Greg

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    • #3
      "stable, versatile but can handle day trips down the Kenai as well as multiple night trips." "up to about 4,500$" ----- I'm thinking a used Aire Leopard would fit that fairly well, but so would a lot of other boats in that class. I think there's more used Leopards for sale than just about anything I see on Craigs List. Nice boats. I prefer a round boat to a cat for most down river trips that don't involve major whitewater, although I have both.

      Another option is an Alaska Series cat or some other lower cost boat. You should be able to pick up a new one at the Sportsman's Show for that price.

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      • #4
        I agree with Jim. I love my cats for "hair Water"-- But in Alaska and Siberia I use rafts 90% of the time. Simple- just blow them up and throw them in the river??!! My raft frame weighs in at 20#. Some of the cat frames I see around here weighs as much as a raft. Just my thoughts, and I own and sell both.
        Goo

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        • #5
          Brian,
          If you're a novice rafter you may want to consider a smaller boat. I spent some time on the Klutina on a lightly loaded Leopard and thought I was going to die from exertion (well OK maybe not actually die, die, but I sure was whooped by the time we got back to the bridge)

          I offer this as an experienced and happy oarsman of the Jagarundi--the 16' cousin of the Leopard. The Jag is a very nimble boat even when loaded and has nearly the load capacity of Leopard.
          If cave men had been trophy hunters the Wooly Mammoth would be alive today

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          • #6
            You talkin to me? I buy boats, I don't sell em.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AK Troutbum View Post
              Brian, I have a 2008 18' Aire Leopard That I will be selling this spring once I dig it out of the garage and set it up to place on Craigslist. It's complete with frame, cargo mod, anchor system/anchor, motor mount, 3 10' oars, etc. I even have a couple of 4 stroke motors (one of which I will be selling) with or without this boat. PM me if you think you may be interested.
              Greg
              AK Troutbum,
              Tried to send you a PM, are you still thinking about selling your boat?
              Thanks,
              Jeff

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tron-diuck View Post
                AK Troutbum,
                Tried to send you a PM, are you still thinking about selling your boat?
                Thanks,
                Jeff
                Sold it on Craigslist.

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