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Now, I’m sure I’m going to get blasted about this because there are a bunch of people who have had bad experiences with this particular boat, but I just finished with the maiden voyage of my new Sevylor Trail Boat and it seemed to work pretty well.
I was with some Curtis rafters this last weekend and it is definitely NOT a Curtis raft. It doesn’t inflate/deflate nearly as fast, weighs considerably more, and doesn’t pack down as well as a Curtis or Alpacka.
Also, I’ve heard horror stories that if you yank on the the the D rings on the sides of the boat, you can rip a GIANT hole in the side and deflate the boat almost instantly! 😯 So, to try and keep this from happening, I just cut off the D rings. Other than that, the boat seems pretty sturdy. I’m way over the “suggested” weight limit of 175 lbs, but it took me and some gear with no preblem at all. It also came with some pieces of the PVC material to patch it with, so just take some Aquaseal with and you should be able to patch all you need!
All this being said, I’m still pretty darn happy with it. The Alpacka may be nice, but WAY out of my price range And since Mr. Curtis no longer makes his rafts, I’ll be out of luck until I can maybe find one someone wants to sell, which isn’t very likely. I paid about $65 for my Sevylor at Campmor, so it’s reasonable priced as well.
So, as long as you are aware of the shortcomings of this little boat and are careful with it, I think you will be happy with it as I am! Good Luck!
I work for Kenmore Air (the plane pictured above) and after talking to my GM, we would like to donate a Beaver to fly up there to help haul out the trash.
Hey, that’s one of my birds!
Well, I found it helpful as a newbie.
@Sandy McKean wrote:
Just don’t expect that Shorett’s book has correct information about what’s in the lake.
I’ve found that to be true. I only have ever really used the book for a comprehensive list to kind of methodically go through.
I got a copy of Dave Shorett’s book, Washington’s Central Cascades Fishing Guide. It’s got a list of lakes, streams and access points with some decent descriptions and maps. I think he’s written a book for pretty much every region of the state. Just grab your area specific copy and start checking off the lakes & streams!
Here’s an Amazon link to his book:
Good Luck! :caught:
Wow! That’s cool!