1st Boat.....ah, Raft

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  1. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    You can arrange an on-water demo with me anytime, and we'll be at the Portland show in February.
     
  2. Linkj

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    I own StreamTech Boats. There is much good advise given in this thread, the best of which is to focus hard on what you want out of a boat then seek the package that provides the best solution for those needs. If it means anything I have owned most of the other boats mentioned here. Some are good, some not so good. None provided what I wanted in terms of durability, simplicity, maneuverability, load carrying capacity, shallow draft, technical white water capability and efficient fishing amenities. That is why I designed the StreamTech line. At the time it was strictly about me and my personal needs. There was no real commercial motivation as I owned a thriving construction company and had no time for a boat business. That has obviously all changed now. I could have chose any of the manufacturers to build my design and chose Maravia because they build the toughest boat on the planet. Of 567 boats sold we have seen only 1 warranty issue. I contrast that with other boats I owned that that went back for warranty issues more than once. Customer service was quite good but the fact that I needed it was disappointing. Price is high with Maravia and that is reflected in the package price, however, there are not several layers of markup in them which makes the package price similar to some of the other packages on the market. I am also proud to say we managed to get everything on the boat made in the USA.
     
  3. shawn k

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    What make s you boats different from lets say a maravia diablo or some of their other boats?
     
  4. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    The design - StreamTech Boats were designed to handle more like a hard boat; with a drop-stitch floor and rockered design, but lighter weight and more durable. Here's the Green Drake in action in Nepal -

    http://kavupulse.com/?p=2846

    I choose these boats to guide from and for personal use because they are safer, perform better, and clients love to fish from them. You will too.
     
  5. Linkj

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    Diablo is a diminished tube design boat. It is not the best suited for fishing. Diminished tube designs result in less air for flotation at the exact point where you need it most, the end of the boat. This is where the anchor, the rear fisherman and the oarsman who sits about 25" rearward of center concentrate the majority of the weight on the boat. It results in the tail of the boat drafting deep which will drag in shallow spots and result in reduced maneuverability. The StreamTech line has 20" size tubes all the way around which are oversized for the boat and result in excellent weight carry and distribution with a draft of around 2" loaded with three fisherman. Materials and workmanship are identical in the StreamTech line to all other Maravia boats, however, the hull design is totally unique. The hull has a steep rocker that goes throughout the boat unlike any other boat on the market. It results in vastly improved maneuvering and ability to hold the boat in a current. I hope that answers the question.
     
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    You answered my question perfectly. Now I know why an Aire sdp rows like crap when only one person besides the person rowing the boat.
     
  7. FlyFshn'Fool

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    Kind of nice to have the owner chime in on the thread. I understand why of course, but think there is nothing wrong with providing detailed and informative info about the product. Link, I have been meaning to and will make it a point to phone in the up and coming week as I have a few more questions.
     
  8. Linkj

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    I tried to keep it informative and avoid sales type comments. There are a lot of boats and a lot of options. I can only hope that each buyer chooses with thorough knowledge & understanding of their personal needs and how the boat they choose meets those needs with an educated view of the good and bad features of all. What works for me will not necessarily work for all but my reasons for having developed a new boat certainly merit inspection. My phone is always at ready for questions and I pledge to give answers that cut to the essence of the options. It will be impossible to avoid reference to my past experiences but I will keep it informative and factual.
     
  9. Shapp

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    Well now that is just silly talk. While I am sure the StreamTech boats are badass, I have rowed my AIRE SDP on a bunch of Class IV multiday rivers loaded to the hilt and it is plenty plenty responsive. Maybe you need to pump up the SPD before you row it, or make sure the PRV valve isn't clogged so you get a nice tight floor.
     
  10. Ed Call

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    I love my cat, and got it as an opportnity presented itself. Having been in Derek's Streamtech, I think I'd like one of my own...when it is time to retire the cat. I like the rockered design, and the cat like qualities plus extra floatation is nice. Derek rowed us over a couple of small drops that allowed me to stand and go right through, really stable. The thing also turns on a dime, even with my less than skilled self rowing. Quite light weight too, Derek easily got it onto the flatbed trailer at a less that smooth take out, almost without effort.
     
  11. shawn k

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    Put my 470 pound fat ass brother up front and you would agree with me.
     
  12. FlyFshn'Fool

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    Now thats funny, I don't care who you are!
     
  13. Shapp

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    well there are things that I had not considered possible, we are going to need to see a picture of that! :)