A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

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A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by Night Errant » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:44 am

I'm looking for an inflatable boatish thing that will ferry me and a fair amount of gear over short/medium distances under manual (paddle) power. Do I want too much?
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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by Sun Yeti » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:04 am

Have you looked into folding kayaks? https://www.orukayak.com/

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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by Mike S. » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:49 pm

A good quality inflatable won't be cheap. I have a bit of time in the Blaze S12 http://soar1.com/soar-12/. There specs state 750 pound capacity but I wouldn't load that much in to it, but I would take a pack loaded for a week in the woods with no concerns. With that said I prefer a traditional rigid canoe over the inflatable.

Do you plan on using this in a lake, river, bay, ocean? The environment where you plan on using it will dictate to a point what type of boat will best fit your needs.

Just curious why an inflatable instead of either a traditional or foldable like Sun Yeti mentioned. I'm guessing storage/transport may be the issue.

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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by grennels » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:10 pm

Sevylor makes inexpensive but fairly durable inflatables. I had one for 15 years and it still holds air.


https://www.amazon.com/Sevylor-Tahiti-C ... able+boats


Or you can step up a little -


https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-SE370K-P-I ... C22EDH05TX
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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by RonnyRonin » Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:30 pm

A big part of the question is whether the craft will be cached, transported by vehicle, or by foot.

For straight up ferry work, and not covering distance on the water, I'd probably go the Sevylor route.

If you need something truly compact and want to travel on the water, a packraft might be in order. Alpacka and Kokopelli are the two market leaders currently.
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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by MacAttack » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:23 am

We used to use old truck inner tubes when we were kids.

Got us across the lake plenty of times.

Use one for you and as many as you need for your gear. Add a sling seat and waders if you want to stay dry and a net
system and contractor bags to keep your gear dry.


You might even be able to pick up some used ones at a truck maintenance center or even go huge and try tractor tubes.

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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by FlashDaddy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:08 am

Our crew got an inflatable canoe, the Sevylor Colorado about 12 years ago. We take it car camping and for trips on local rivers and lakes. It's great not to have to tie an air resistor to your car roof for 5,000 miles. As our family grew we got a second one maybe 7 years ago, same model.

2014 same topic viewtopic.php?f=45&t=113182

2012 same topic with great pics viewtopic.php?f=45&t=97069
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Re: A Resonably Good Inflatable Canoe?

Post by moab » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:50 pm

Look for what I think is called a pack raft. They are used in Alaska for crossing rivers when you come upon them. They are tried and true and have been used for decades.

http://www.alpackaraft.com/packrafts/

They arent cheap but you might find better deals than that. Try asking on an Alaska geared forum. They are the go to raft there an many other places around the world. I think there are cheaper brands though.

https://www.outsideonline.com/1925361/p ... ke-without

good reviews of some cheaper alternatives.
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