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Default Small raft ecommendations

I am considering the purchase of a small raft or inflatable boat for either one or two persons. It should have oars for drifting rivers with class I or II rapids only. I am also concerned about leaks occuring on a float lasting several days. How does one handle the problem of leaks?
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NFO Assault XX. Aquaseal any leaks.
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Hi Slinger,

Everyone here has their own favorite raft or pontoon boat brands that they like. My advise is pretty simple; if you have a business that deals specifically with rafts and pontoon / frame boats deal with them. I have 2 that we got from Alaska Raft &kayak in Anchorage, it's 53 miles away but the support they gave with any issues was worth the trip. Unless you are very fortunate there will inevitably be a leak sooner or later. Having a dedicated dealer that you bought the raft from is worth oodles when there is a problem.

We have 2 of these boats, one is 13' and the other a one person 8' model. I always carry the factory patch kit and an AIR 2 stage pump on extended trips just in case. There has never been a failure on a trip but I have already came outside to find that I had a low pontoon on the big boat. That's when the warranty and dedicated service came in real handy.................... Both boats are made by OutCast a division of AIR Products and they have delivered 4 seasons of use so far, great boats for the money.

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I love this boat. North Fork Outdoors Assault XX (2 man)
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The Assault is 8'6" long, the Assault XX is 10'6", and the new XXX is 12' long I think. Combination raft, and frameless kickboat.
Mine tips at about 30# I think.
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There could be one of those in my future Allen, without the frame it would pack into a float plane real slick. How long to air that up and with which pump?

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Ard, with a LVM pump, about 2 minutes. We top them off with a K100 K-Pump.
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That Assault XX is one sweet looking raft!
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I want one for an early Christmas gift!
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There could be one of those in my future Allen, without the frame it would pack into a float plane real slick. How long to air that up and with which pump?

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I have not personally tried the XX by myself, but it at 10'6" and the Renegade at 9', I had to show these pictures as to why we like them.

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Gear, motor, net, battery

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I leave the seat area inflated so it is easier to lift

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I then put flippers, hip waders, rods, and bags on top

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Joni: Nice setup, when I use the Camry, I deflate my Rampage and fold it up kind of loose and stuff it in the trunk, actually fits pretty easy along with the oars, net and flippers. Then all the rest of the gear goes in the rear seat.
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