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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: SpeynutDate: 1/1/2002 9:08 PM
Greetings & Happy New Year to All,
Anyone out there have any experience with inflatable kayaks?  I'm considering a light weight boat for river trips, and have looked at some on the web but have yet to see any of them in use on the waters I fish (e.g. the Outcasts Odyssey, the Dave Scadden Deschutes, or Dave Scadden's World Navigator.) 
I'm wondering how these boats stack up against river pontoon craft for stability, convenience in storing a two hander, comfort, ease/speed, durability, etc. 
I'd appreciate any feedback and insights as to advantages and disadvantages of this type of craft, as well as any recommendations and warnings about these models or other boats of similar design.  Thanks, Speynut
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: steelheadr99Date: 1/1/2002 10:31 PM
Happy New Year Speynut, i have never owned one so i can not help you but i can put you in touch with some one who can. His name is Larry Tullis, he has been involved in designing pontoon boats, kick boats and inflatable kayaks. His phone # 801-765-0092 or his e-mail address is  [email protected]
I have never met him, i only know of him from another fly fishing board and he knows what he is talking about when it comes to this type of craft. I think he even sells them but i am not certain about that, Get in touch with him and he will help you in any way he can,tight lines,brian
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-02-2002, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: NrthFrk16Date: 1/2/2002 4:58 AM
I do not have any personel experience with inflateable kayaks but Juro over at has a forum set up specifically to discuss kayaks ('Yaks).  I'd check it out.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-07-2002, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: phomoDate: 1/6/2002 10:20 PM
Speynut - I purchased a Fat Pack Cat from Jack's Plastic Welding in Aztec New Mexico.  These guys build all sorts of inflatable rigs and are primarily white water enthusiasts.  This simple inflatable cat weighs about 36 pounds and has a payload in excess of 600 lbs.  It is tough and can handle whitewater - I took mine in class III, but the experts will push it even further.   My wife and I did a 5 day trip on the Grande Rhonde last year carrying all the gear.  I used Scotty rod holders mounted with cam straps around the tubes for fishing while floating. The disadvantage is you  use kayak paddles.   They make more elaborate small craft with oars, but for simplicity, transport, durability, these thinks cannot be  beat.  They are particularly adept at handling low water conditions which other craft  i.e. catarafts and rafts cannot make.  Check out their web site.  Jack will mail you an introductory video.  The other major advantage is transportability.  It is possible to take these on commercial airlines to you your favorite rivers.  Mark 
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