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Old 04-06-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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Inflatable boats?

We're looking at the possibility of getting a small inflatable craft like a canoe or kayak. We're looking for something to take out on lakes while we're out with the 'stream. We want one that is durable and will last - not a $29.99 WalMart special. We're willing to spend what it takes to get a decent one.

We don't know if we want a 2 singles or 1 two-person - we'll figure out that one when the time comes. We prefer inflatable because of the weight/storage issues.

Any advice - comments or suggestions???
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:01 PM   #2
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I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but here are some of the finest boats you can carry in your trunk.

Folbot Folding Kayaks
Long Haul Folding Kayaks
Klepper Foldingkayaks
Feathercraft Folding Kayaks
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:08 PM   #3
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Similar discussions at AIR:
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f420...ari-17633.html

We've used a friend's inflatable kayak. You sit real low and the side tubes make it beamy enough that the paddle entry is pretty far out into the water. Double paddles are the way to go with this. It was a lot of work to cover any amount of water and not much fun.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:25 PM   #4
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I was at Camping World a couple of weeks ago, and saw a collapsible boat offered there. Not exactly inflatable, but if something happens to pierce the side, you can still reach shore with a lot of bailing, versus the thing deflating as you frantically paddle...
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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I have paddled both single and double kayaks and much prefer singles.
You have to coordinate your paddle strokes in a double, in a single you have much more freedom and autonomy. If you are both paddleing on a lake, you can each take short detours to check out various things without both of you having to come to an agreement about it. If one boat does develop a leak or other problem, there is always another person/boat to assist or rescue.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:02 PM   #6
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I saw one of these aluminum folding canoes last year on a local lake and thought it was pretty cool. It also goes well with the Airstream!

Instaboat is a smart foldable light boat. Instaboat est un ingénieux bateau pliable.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:28 PM   #7
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I saw one of these aluminum folding canoes last year on a local lake and thought it was pretty cool. It also goes well with the Airstream!

Instaboat is a smart foldable light boat. Instaboat est un ingénieux bateau pliable.
That's the one Camping World was selling when I was there.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:53 PM   #8
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If your plans are to putt around on lakes you might consider a true dingy. I have an 8 ft rollup with a hard transom, sold by West Marine. 2 people can fish and if does fine with a small trolling motor. I did make a folding plywood floor instead of the soft bottom, 100% better. I hook my trolling battery to the Airstreams 12 volt system to recharge overnight
Go ahead and chuck the oars, I don't think it's possible to row the beast
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:09 PM   #9
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Great information - lot's of choices. Dave mad a particularly good point about 2 singles vs 1 double.

I'm thinking about the Sevylor Colorado canoe. Seats 2 and is $284.99 including shipping.

SEVYLOR® KCC335 COLORADO CANOE - KCC335 Blue - Free Shipping

Anyone have any experience with this one?

We're looking for something to take out on a lake and paddle around a bit. No whitewater (yet - if ever).
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:02 PM   #10
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I've had two friends with Sevylors that got serious and hard to patach leaks. I've been doing the same search, and have been looking hard at the dinghys from West Marine, as mentioned by HiHoAgRv. They've got a bunch of different sizes, etc. Go here: West Marine: West Advisor
I see a lot of them at yacht harbors tied up at the pier while the owner is shopping. The'll also take a small outboard (which I've already got) ... but they're not cheap. Probably because they're durable.
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Here's another alternative if you're looking for a "real" fishing boat that's popular with RV'ers... A Folding Foldable Portable Fishing Boat And Dinghy By Porta-Bote Portabote Porta-Boat Portaboat Foldboat * Portabot

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:48 PM   #12
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I have tried a number of infaltable kayaks. They do not track well and have wind resistance that blows them off course. I have a Zodiac Inflatable with an 9.5 hp outboard and a plywood floor, much better but for a different purpose. I have a rotocast Perception kayak. Much better for that purpose. I have seen the skinned folding kayak like the eskimos use. Very expensive and takes time to erect. I knew one guy with a "Foldaboat" strapped to the side of his old motorhome and was happy with that.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:48 PM   #13
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The Advanced Frame folding/inflatable kayaks are the ones I am considering.

Inflatable Kayaks | AdvancedFrame Kayak

REI Coop sells the 10.5 ft. model.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:28 AM   #14
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Boats are always part of our camping trip. We have 2 tandem and 2 single yaks. I prefer the tandem even when paddling alone. The open cockpit provides space for fishing pole, etc. The tandems also accommodate three; Mom-Son-Dad (they have a small jump seat that slides in/out). Nowadays we take 2 tandems; Mom/Son -Dad/Dog. Of course there are many yaks available so test paddle a few.
Last year we picked up a Porta-Bote and a small outboard for exploring further than we can get in the yaks. This is the coolest toy we have got since the AS. If you are looking for a boat (not kayak/canoe) then this is the way to go. We often take 2 kayaks and the PB as some lakes/ponds do not allow gas motors or are juts better suited to kayaking. The PB can be rowed also. I run boats all over the ocean (Tuna boats) and am very impressed with the design/quality/ sea worthiness of the PB. If you can find someone in your area that has one, try to get a test drive!
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