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Water Master raft?

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I am thinking of purchasing one of these and was wondering if anyone had any experience with these.
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Water Master vs. Abel ATC?

Dave and anybody else willing to share their thoughts:

I've recently been looking at both the Watermaster and Abel ATC and seriously considering purchasing one of them for the local north coast rivers, perhaps the Sac, and really appreciate this discussion.

Anyway are there significant differences, advantages, or disadvantages between either of these two boats? From what I can see on their respective websites the main difference appears to be the Water Master's ability to accept a molded seat as an accessory.

I did note that Abel currently has a sale price of $900 their on there ATC, which was $1300. If the water master is a superior boat, are it's advantages worth the $200-300 difference in price depending on the model?

Thanks for any opinions or insights anybody might offer. John
Water Master Raft vs. Outcast

Thanks for adding your thoughts to the discussion. Were you using an outfitter's Outcast pontoon boat or a friend's, or your own that you had to set up?

The reason I ask is that I'm wondering if you had been using somebody else's boat, which was ready to go such that you didn't have to deal with the 20 - 30 minute prep time, this might effect your perspective.

I guess what I'm trying to learn is that if you had to deal with the relatively minor set upinconvenience of setting up a pontoon boat each on each river trip, would you still feel the added comfort of this style craft is worth the trouble? Or, would your perspective change and you would overlook greater comfort of the pontoon craft and accept the ergonomic short comings of your water master simply because it's more convenient and less time consuming to set up?
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