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PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




Took the inflatable out for probably the last time this year, great to see some fall colors but the water is extremely cold. Snow is already falling on some of my favorite spots. Come back summer

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ur in my world now
Jun 5, 2006

Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was




Smellrose

i bit the bullet last fall/winter and bought an array of dry and wetsuit gear so i can go year-round, in any condition*. paddle boarding in the snow is great. no jet skis, usually!

*assuming the rivers aren't dry, lol 2020

PuErhTeabag
Sep 2, 2018




Forgot to post this earlier, but the inflatable boat from scratch is done and works!

HenryJLittlefinger
Jan 31, 2010

stomp clap



Holy poo poo hell yeah
That is awesome, do you have a full build thread anywhere? I know you detailed it a bit in here, cool if thatís all there is. I want to show this to some of my raft nerd friends.

PuErhTeabag
Sep 2, 2018


Thanks!

Maybe this weekend I'll make an effort post and an imgur album of the build. I'd like to show it off to some of my non-goon friends as well.

Maybe if I get weird and build a second one this winter I'll do a proper build thread.

PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




Looks awesome! How does it handle?

Epitope
Nov 27, 2006



Grimey Drawer

Long and hairy and easy to carry

PuErhTeabag
Sep 2, 2018


PokeJoe posted:

Looks awesome! How does it handle?

Thanks!

It doesn't track very well on open water and likes to spin easily. However, it does pack up nicely and inflates quickly with a foot pump. (inflation bag is on the to-do list and orally inflating is really unenjoyable) It sits fairly high in the water with me in it and is light.

Does anyone know how other packrafts maintain good open water tracking?

If I make a second version, I'm considering making it a little bit longer for this reason. I think having a load in the front (or maybe not having as strong of an up-tilt) would help a little also by pushing the bow down and giving some cross sectional area up front to prevent rotation. Maybe applying a tiny bit of tension to the floor would help redistribute my rear end-sag as well?

There's still a couple small slow leaks somewhere, but it wasn't noticeable during a 30 minute paddle. If I leave it inflated overnight, it'll be a little limp and wrinkly in the morning, but still mostly full.

Epitope
Nov 27, 2006



Grimey Drawer

Turn on a dime is the packraft's special ability. -1 vs still water. -5 vs wind

HenryJLittlefinger
Jan 31, 2010

stomp clap



Even a full size raft with an oar rig tracks lovely on flat water when itís unloaded.
Well, relatively speaking. Who wants a rubber boat for flat water though. That thing is going to be a blast sending through some foamy poo poo.

WrongThreadFred
Dec 19, 2020

by Fluffdaddy


e: sorry, wrong thread

God Hole
Mar 2, 2016


PuErhTeabag posted:

Thanks!

It doesn't track very well on open water and likes to spin easily. However, it does pack up nicely and inflates quickly with a foot pump. (inflation bag is on the to-do list and orally inflating is really unenjoyable) It sits fairly high in the water with me in it and is light.

Does anyone know how other packrafts maintain good open water tracking?

If I make a second version, I'm considering making it a little bit longer for this reason. I think having a load in the front (or maybe not having as strong of an up-tilt) would help a little also by pushing the bow down and giving some cross sectional area up front to prevent rotation. Maybe applying a tiny bit of tension to the floor would help redistribute my rear end-sag as well?

There's still a couple small slow leaks somewhere, but it wasn't noticeable during a 30 minute paddle. If I leave it inflated overnight, it'll be a little limp and wrinkly in the morning, but still mostly full.

some packrafts have a little slot where you can insert a fin for better tracking on open water

PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




^^ You can put a removable skeg on it yeah. My inflatable works much better with it on vs off. You can even add more than one if you like, some of the nicer inflatables ive seen have like 3


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32920457925.html

Theres a lot of types to choose from on aliexpress

Epitope
Nov 27, 2006



Grimey Drawer

It would be a substantial job (maybe not that bad since you're skilled at this now) but adding a cargo fly might help there. It's also a huge upgrade if you're traveling any distance with more than a day pack. Putting weight inside the tubes instead of on top is better for stability. It may help with tracking, and maybe butt sag too

PuErhTeabag
Sep 2, 2018


I like the skeg idea and the cargo fly is cool too.

I wouldn't rework this one with a cargo fly, but I'd consider working it into a second raft.

You can get TPU zippers that will heat seal to the fabric on Amazon and some other places, which is what I think you'd want.

PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




Does anyone know anything about drop stitched inflatable kayaks? I'm thinking about buying one this year but the price range is pretty big and also high.

MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...


I have a Bote Lono, which is their hybrid inflatable SUP/Fishing Kayak. Itís pretty nice, but is also kinda huge, both packed away and inflated. (Itís 12í6Ē when inflated.)

An electric pump is essentially mandatory with inflatables that big.

PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




I ended up ordering a sea eagle drop stitched tandem kayak and it's on backorder till may glad I decided to order it early

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PokeJoe
Aug 24, 2004

hail cgatan




Busted out the boat today for the first time this year (and last time till I get my new one)





Went to chuckanut island which is a little nature preserve you can wander around. I've been getting stir crazy bad this winter

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