What cataraft?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by PontoonerinOregon, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  2. BDD

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    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.
     
  3. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    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).
     
  4. themaninthemoon

    themaninthemoon Just waiting on warmer weather, .......

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    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?
     
  5. shawn k

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    What i find funny is Aire and Sotar a copying the old Maxxon tubes with their Legend and Wave Destroyer boats.
     
  6. TonyZ

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    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.
     
  7. shawn k

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    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.
     
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    Good to know Shawn k, thanks