KVI Raft

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  1. Stonefly23

    Stonefly23 New Member

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    I recently purchased a KVI raft with a fishing frame for low water on the rivers here in the East. These are the same boats as Fish Craft and Star Inflatable. I went with the 15' raft because I wanted more inside room for comfort. I need to tweak it with a few more add on's before the guiding season starts but here's a few pictures from the maiden fun run.



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  2. Riverman

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    Looks great... sure looks like a Star too.
     
  3. Derek Young

    Derek Young Emerging Rivers Guide Services

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    Could be an optical/angle thing, but those oars you're running look a little short.
     
  4. Robert Engleheart

    Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Was thinking the same. I bought a frame from KVI to fit up to my 14' RMR Cat tubes. Doug's a nice guy and willing to work with you. Still haven't put it in the water, been dialing in my floor and sideboards. I've got till fall, when it'll be in NorCA & SoOre.
     
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    I always thought those Star/Fishcraft rafts looked pretty good.

    PM sent on the seats.
     
  6. Stonefly23

    Stonefly23 New Member

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    It does look like the oars are short in the picture, they are 10'. They seem plenty long enough rowing, the stop needs to be moved up some and I need to tilt the oar locks out a little to get the oars to balance better.
     
  7. Shapp

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    The star, KVI, similar tunnel hull rafts are made by Wusung IB:
    http://zebec.co.kr/english/boat/Bugs.htm

    I have the same oar towers on a frame I built and atcually have them fliped the other way, so you don't have to tilt them way outside to get the correct angle of repose on the oarlock. See attached photos. I like them this way a lot, when you are putting in the oar lock into the tower, if you drop the split ring or bushing it has a chance to go in the boat and not the water.

    I know doug and he is a good guy.
     

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    Their frame fittings are similar to speedrail but far better casting & quality IMO. Pre-drilled as well.
     
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    CLOSE???? Not to me. No inflatable floor. His are made right here in Utah.
     
  12. jumbo215

    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

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    What is the floor like? Can you run a hard floor?