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Inflatable Watercraft Rafts, pontoon boats, kickboats, etc.

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Old 10-21-2003, 06:45 AM
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AbelCraft??????

Someone recommended us to get some Abelcrafts for use in the native brown trout programs we run parallell to the the Atlantic Salmon ones on Russia's rivers Kharlovka and Eastern Litza.

I would be good to get some feedback from anglers who happened to have used them. The low weight is an issue as they appear to be easy to carry over to nearby char lakes and/or back to a temporary camp having fished the river below the camp.

I really need som help!

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Old 10-21-2003, 03:15 PM
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Sorry don't know...

Sorry I haven't heard of that boat.

How about some help for this guy. He is asking from Russia!

Hasn't anyone heard of these boats?
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Old 10-21-2003, 03:51 PM
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They are nice. About the same construction as our sponsor WaterMaster with the exception of the abel having an inflatable seat.

Great boats and sound perfect for what you are going to use them for. Pretty easy to add extra D rings so you can add backpack straps to the boat. That makes it much easier to haul around.

I like them much more than pontoon boats. A lot more stable and they also have a higher weight capacity than most pontoons.

You can float moderate rivers (class 3) without much of a problem.

I love them,

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Old 10-21-2003, 11:17 PM
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Yup

Plus, the watermasters are cheaper too.

But, I agree, they are better and more stable then a pontoon boat. But nowhere near better then a cataraft. :hehe: Much heavier weight bearing capacities in true catarafts then a watermaster or any other sort of raft.

I'd go check them out Per. The watermasters are nice. If I only wanted something that was light, I'd go with it. But I want a mini driftboat. Plus, when not injured, I can toss up to 300#'s by myself. So most of the 80# catarafts I use are no biggie, even after a full day of rowing.
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:01 AM
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Actually the abels are cheaper. They just dropped the price on them this year. Think you can finds them for under $900 now.

Over a grand for the watermasters.

IMHO both are a good deal and if you can try before you buy that is a plus.

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Old 10-22-2003, 11:27 AM
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WOW!!???!!?

They're running that much? Man. Personally, I'd pay a couple hundred more and have a hardcore boat. But that's me. Dang. I could've sworn they were cheaper then that. But it's been along time since I priced them. I remember they were like $500. But it had a different company name back then I do believe.
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Old 10-23-2003, 04:46 PM
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Thanks a lot for all good comments! Much appear to be in favor for the Abel craft. As a portable, and easily tucked away, backup to the larger rafts it should be perfect. We plan to have two to be rotated between three clients, with the third person having access to the guide and one of the larger raft.

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Old 10-24-2003, 07:28 PM
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Water Masters...

Hey Per, I have been in Ables and Water Masters and Tote 'n' Floats all are pretty similar and the big difference is the Inflatable seat in the Able, in my opinion it is weak and prone to deflation and leakeage. The Water Master on the other hand has a sturdy plywood seat that is very comfortable with a "Stadium Seat" back rest to lean against, and they are a sponsor seriously even if they were not a sponsor I would still recomend the Water Masters.
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