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Old 07-05-17, 08:37 PM   #11
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I had a Saturn raft for several years. I beat it badly and bounced off sharp rocks and never got one leak in it. I was well pleased with it in every way.

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Old 07-06-17, 08:46 AM   #12
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Google the 9.5 ft stealthcraft TAC raft. I am looking at a purchase, soon. Looks like an awesome solo boat. The stealthcraft FB page has several pics.
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Old 07-07-17, 12:53 AM   #13
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Flycraft and smithcraft look awesome, does anyone own or know of someone or somewhere to see one up close? I have bird dogs that may or may not go on trips with us. Woulkd their feet damage a floor since all I ever owned is hard boats? Keep ideals coming and appreciate all the great info. If I purchase one will take someone smallie fishing on the New.
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Old 07-07-17, 07:34 AM   #14
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If I were spending thousands on a small raft, I'd want it to have real welded seams like quality whitewater rafts.

If the specs say... chemically welded, it is a glued raft.

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Old 07-07-17, 01:19 PM   #15
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Flycraft and smithcraft look awesome, does anyone own or know of someone or somewhere to see one up close? I have bird dogs that may or may not go on trips with us. Woulkd their feet damage a floor since all I ever owned is hard boats? Keep ideals coming and appreciate all the great info. If I purchase one will take someone smallie fishing on the New.


You could always rig up a floor that's supported by straps hanging from the frame. Probably just exterior ply hit it with a 1/2 inch round over and call it good


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Old 07-07-17, 02:36 PM   #16
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Flycraft seemed to have floor much like SUP, but I may be mistaken. I want a floor that is semi rigid so you could stand anywhere and not be restricted to a platform at the front and rear casting locations. This is new territory for me since I have only owned canoes or boats. I have looked at the NRS setups online and wish I could see some of these in person. Definitely don't want to spend thousands and have it fall apart. Will be in NC at our property and will try checking out some of the local fly shops to see if they have rafts in their fleets. Out west in Colorado you see alot more of these setups. Once again thanks for all the advice and info. Keep ideals coming like the added plywood floor.
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Old 07-08-17, 01:06 AM   #17
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I have looked at the NRS setups online and wish I could see some of these in person. Definitely don't want to spend thousands and have it fall apart.
Not trying to sell you on anything but an NRS raft is definitely not going to fall apart on you. What do you want to see on one? My daughter lives about a mile from their headquarters and a few of my buddies have them. I'm sure I can get you some detailed pics if you want. They are pretty much the standard craft out here on the rivers like the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Hell's Canyon, etc. The guides load 'em down and spend a lot of time in the remote wilderness with customers and gear on board. The fish and game people seem to use them too. I work with two guys who guide in the summers on the rivers I just mentioned and I can ask them anything you might want to know.
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Old 07-08-17, 01:58 PM   #18
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Yeah the NRS won't fall apart. My buddy is on the fence about selling his. I'll make sure he posts it here


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Old 07-08-17, 02:34 PM   #19
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Warmouth, pictures would be great and how is it to stand up in one say at the rowers seat? How shallow would they run? How hard is it to handle in slower water. I say some of this because the New River can shallow out in the summer even on the sections right before it enters Virginia where most of our trips will occur. It wil probably be used for just killing a hot summer afternoon or just afloat down the river. Once again thanks for advice and help.
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Warmouth, pictures would be great and how is it to stand up in one say at the rowers seat? How shallow would they run? How hard is it to handle in slower water. I say some of this because the New River can shallow out in the summer even on the sections right before it enters Virginia where most of our trips will occur. It wil probably be used for just killing a hot summer afternoon or just afloat down the river. Once again thanks for advice and help.


If you're asking specifically about the NRS, then I'd say 3 inches draft max loaded. It's a dawg to row loaded or not. To give you an idea it takes a 35 on anchor to hold it in a light current with three people and a drinks cooler. They're easy to stand in on the self bailing inflatable floor but I recommend the solid wood drop floors suspended from the frame. You can get a motor mount for them if there's a lot of frog water. Basically the full size rafts are dogs that can handle anything at the cost of maneuverability. They're ford excursions. A drift boat would be a Range Rover sport. Canoe is a Miata. The raft is a great tool but it can get old dealing with that feeling of being weighed down.


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