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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    Thats a cute little truck ya got there Toby..

    Now tell me, did you buy that 'lawn tractor' in foresight of digging a grave for that soon to be pile of rust??

    If only they put a Cummins in a VW...

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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Broadheadscreek View Post
    My Hyde low pro only weighs 300lbs less the Yeti cooler full of ice and beer of course .. Check around local like JC stated and you should with a bit of research find a reasonably priced used boat. You'll be glad you did !
    Boat weighs 300 lbs. yeti with ice and beer 600 lbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Guy View Post
    Thats a cute little truck ya got there Toby..

    Now tell me, did you buy that 'lawn tractor' in foresight of digging a grave for that soon to be pile of rust??

    If only they put a Cummins in a VW...
    Not my tractor. Pulled it for a buddy cause his pooper duty gets like 10mpg. I got 18mpg pulling that at 75mph.

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    Anyways.....back on topic.


    It really depends on what you want to be able to do with it. Inflatables are nice, I will be picking one up here shortly, but it will just be for two people on day trips.

    Having a boat is nice as well, but don't forget, with either one you have to have a way back to your vehicle at the end of the drift. Unless you get a jet sled. Wonder if people would be mad if I ran a jet sled on the Delaware. Can you even run a motorized boat there? I've never been to the Delaware.

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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Trouser Trout View Post
    What size? Do u ever use it? wanna sell it?
    It isn't 17', but it is a canoe with a square back and an engine mount.............no I don't want to sell it....I want to buy a cheap engine and fish for pike in Spruce Run Res......yes, I use it and will use it more with my "new and improved", 4RUNNER roof rack..............
    but everything is for sale..................how much?

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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    Quote Originally Posted by CTobias View Post
    Anyways.....back on topic.


    It really depends on what you want to be able to do with it. Inflatables are nice, I will be picking one up here shortly, but it will just be for two people on day trips.

    Having a boat is nice as well, but don't forget, with either one you have to have a way back to your vehicle at the end of the drift. Unless you get a jet sled. Wonder if people would be mad if I ran a jet sled on the Delaware. Can you even run a motorized boat there? I've never been to the Delaware.
    The Delaware is too technical for you. You would embarrass yourself. Best leave that to skilled fishermen like myself and Everybodys friend

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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    It all matters on what rivers you may want to float and what are you willing to deal with. A drift boat by far cuts the water better. You can get down narrower sections better. You have more control over the boat. It is easier to row. lighter on the water. More wind resistant. holds multiple rods securely. More comfortable for people that are fishing. Better dry storage and some will disagree but more durable if operated correctly.

    A raft on the other hand can float in shallow water and glide over rocks, useful on days where parts of the river are frozen over, you can toss them anywhere and dont need a put it. Cheaper for the most part but not by much. Can take water in since its self bailing.


    So think about what the river you want to float requires and just get that one. If you think you want a drift boat but want to go cheaper on the raft...I would say save up for another few months and get the drift boat. They are a good craft for entertaining and fishing. And running class III rapids in a drift boat is very doable.

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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    Wow - thanks for dropping all that knowledge on me. Wish I'd posted earlier, rather than wasting a couple of afternoons on half-assed internet research. You guys have convinced me to hold off and see if I can get a good local deal on a used drift boat, ideally maybe a 12-footer. My wagon is unofficially rated for about 1000 pounds, so even a 300 pound boat, plus 200 pounds of beer and ice and cooler, plus trailer should be doable. But the wind issue was the clincher. My first "float" on the D was a raft trip down past Callicoon with my cousin, with low flow conditions and a brutal headwind blowing upriver. We spent most of five hours chained to the oars like viking slaves. Not sure why I needed this thread to remind me of that. Anyway, if anybody has any leads on a used boat, PM me.


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    Re: inflatable vs. hard-shell vs. ??

    When you are looking for a drifter I would really look at low profile models. they make a huge difference. Also there are a few things to research. Do you want fiberglass, wood, aluminum? Size? seating arrangement?

    Quote Originally Posted by mob201 View Post
    Wow - thanks for dropping all that knowledge on me. Wish I'd posted earlier, rather than wasting a couple of afternoons on half-assed internet research. You guys have convinced me to hold off and see if I can get a good local deal on a used drift boat, ideally maybe a 12-footer. My wagon is unofficially rated for about 1000 pounds, so even a 300 pound boat, plus 200 pounds of beer and ice and cooler, plus trailer should be doable. But the wind issue was the clincher. My first "float" on the D was a raft trip down past Callicoon with my cousin, with low flow conditions and a brutal headwind blowing upriver. We spent most of five hours chained to the oars like viking slaves. Not sure why I needed this thread to remind me of that. Anyway, if anybody has any leads on a used boat, PM me.


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