03-04-2004, 10:22 PM
I live in a New York apartment, which is the equivalent of a sardine can in terms of what most people are used to in a living space. I'm interested in some sort of inflatable water craft for the upcoming season, mainly for lakes and larger rivers such as the Delaware. What I'm concerned with is the convenience of the whole thing; specifically, can the craft be deflated and re-inflated quickly, and what the space required for storage would be. I realize that this is a very subjective as the size of the craft will have some effect on the answers, but I'm just looking for some general information before I spend a significant amount of time researching the subject. Of course, what I'd love is something that inflates with the pull of a cord and deflates relatively quickly by opening a valve or two. Any responses will be greatly appreciated!
The first criteria should be suitability of the craft's design for the purpose you intend for it:
- do you want to fish from it or use it as transport in rivers?
- what class rapids can you expect (worst case)?
- will you carry stuff along?
- how will you get back to the car?
- puncture resistance needed for conditions (rocky bottoms, debris, etc?
Then portability and inflation ease:
- how much does it weigh?
- how compact does it pack?
- can you inflate it first at a gas station and bring it to the water?
- does it have fast-deflating boston valves?
03-05-2004, 02:43 AM
Juro beat me to the punch. Yeah, what he said. :D :hehe:
3 hours time difference :smokin:
03-05-2004, 01:26 PM
You know, I should just write up a nice article and have it ready to cut/paste. Seems after every sportsman show across the US these posts come up. I've been typing these things out non stop for the last two months. LOL. Glad it was you and not me this time. I just really expand a bit more when I do it. LOL
what about a porta-bote/
Supposeldly unsinkable,extremely durable, not too difficult to carry alone and no need for pumping up.
Never used one and the one I saw did not inspire confidence but a recent surf of their (not great) website was enough to make me think it could be a good option if you are stuck for space (like me) as this thing flat packs to 4in deep!