What cataraft?

Jerry Daschofsky

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#31
I don't own a set of 10 year old Maxxon pontoons but I know they are out there and yes, they have been around that long, and yes, they are made in China and are made of PVC and glued, not welded. But they have a pretty decent reputation for durability, longevity, and warranty, which is why we use them for our pontoon boats.

But we just got our new Jack's Plastic pontoons and we are excited to use them and support an American company.
Wow old thread. I have a set of 10 year old Maxxons and still going strong. They are a first set of the "new style" steelheader tubes.
 

BDD

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#32
Shawn,

Yeah, I didn't see the date until Jerry mentioned the "really old thread" in his response.

Jerry, We used to call the old style pontoons "the old Dutch shoe", since they had such a high sweeping arch on the front and back. They have long since replaced them with a flatter style.
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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#33
Surprisingly mine are virtually flat. Have almost no rise. I think mine were the first sets that Bill had designed for him (or were the ones he produced himself before transfering it over). I do know he did make tubes at one time. I never asked about later on, mostly because I still had my whitewater grade boats I was using for big boats and my original 9' Steelheader that the tubes were made here. I do know the tubes I have are actually the ones he made for the Oregon Dept of Fish and Game (10' tubes that are hunter green).
 

themaninthemoon

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#34
Kent, do you have any pictures of how you've got your 'toon loaded? Or would you have any pics of the one sitting next to yours with the grey tubes?
 

shawn k

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#35
Shawn,

Yeah, I didn't see the date until Jerry mentioned the "really old thread" in his response.

Jerry, We used to call the old style pontoons "the old Dutch shoe", since they had such a high sweeping arch on the front and back. They have long since replaced them with a flatter style.
What i find funny is Aire and Sotar a copying the old Maxxon tubes with their Legend and Wave Destroyer boats.
 

TonyZ

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#36
I have a 16' SOTAR (made in Oregon) with a woven mesh walking beck on the aluMinum frame. Its great to fish off of and amazing whitewater rig. I use mine from lake trips with 4 folks to multiple day trips on the Salmon river in ID. SOTAR has blow out deals from time to time, check their site. It's a great local family company and they will treat you right with anything that may come up. I decided local over china and Mexico made stuff like Aire, NRS, etc.
 

shawn k

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#37
I have a 16' SOTAR (made in Oregon) with a woven mesh walking beck on the aluMinum frame. Its great to fish off of and amazing whitewater rig. I use mine from lake trips with 4 folks to multiple day trips on the Salmon river in ID. SOTAR has blow out deals from time to time, check their site. It's a great local family company and they will treat you right with anything that may come up. I decided local over china and Mexico made stuff like Aire, NRS, etc.
All Aire boat with the exception of the tributary line are Made Near Boise Idaho. So i would consider Aire a local company as well.
 
#39
Hello, I'm new here and am considering buying a skookum guide model. I live only 30 minutes away from where they are headquatered in Oregon. I have also looked into bad cat river pontoons and cannot see alot of differences between the two except that the bad cats are heavier and have a single floor. I am still in High shool and would be floating rivers like the John day and other class 1-2 rivers. I would like something that can haul enough gear for a few nights.

I also hope to be able to use a cataraft durring and after college. I want something that could handle rivers such as The lower yellowstone in Montana or the Missouri below Great Falls. In other words, are these cats I am looking at something that can handle small rivers and lakes and biger water like the yellowstone? I am still a couple years from graduating, and don't know where I will be going to school. I would like to go to a school in Montana because of the hunting/fishing opportunities. If I had the tools, I would custom build myself a couple. My dad is looking at getting the Aire Jaguarundi. If aire made a 10- 12 foot solo cat, I would probably get it.