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Old 08-21-2015, 02:21 PM
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Totally off course, but I decided to try a new tool. Saw it last year in Montana and Sherry suggested this year we get it. Surprised me. I called and had it waiting for when we arrived. Thus far it's been great. Sherry is much happier being in the boat with me than rowing on her own and being separated on the river. I'm in the process of upgrading the oarlocks and oars and then I should be a happy camper with this thing. Sold our canoe and I suspect we'll sell our 2 pontoon drift boats soon. Paring down to basics............
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What all will you use it for and where?
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Looks nice. How long does it take to inflate?
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Looks like fun - did it come in a systainer? is dust collection handled by falling overboard? Great to have the boss on board with you, literally, right?
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Nice boat, Mike!

Don't bring it to California, we've got nothing to float it in.

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Old 08-22-2015, 02:20 PM
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What all will you use it for and where?
Currently river drifting on the Madison. I bought an electric trolling motor for it, but can't use it until I can register it which has turned into a funny series of wrong turns. The manufacturer is sending me the paper work which should fix it, and then we'll explore a few of the lakes as well. While its primary purpose is river drifting, I'm hoping that it'll sorta replace our canoe as well. If not, then maybe there's another canoe in our future. Hope not, because at my age I'm trying to cut back.
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Looks like fun - did it come in a systainer? is dust collection handled by falling overboard? Great to have the boss on board with you, literally, right?
I did take an unexpected dip in the Madison the other day. I got out to guide the boat through some shallows. Stepped into a hole with really swift current and got swept off my feet. Chilly, but very effective dust control.

The boss loves being in the boat. No more getting separated on the river which made for a less than optimal experience in her book.
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Nice boat, Mike!

Don't bring it to California, we've got nothing to float it in.

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While I've always left the pontoon boats here (Montana) I think I'll bring this home. We've still got a few spots where I can use it, and there actually are a lot of small lakes where it might work out fine.
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While I've always taken paddles and oars for granted, there's actually a fair bit of technology that's getting better and better in the field of oars. I like the oars I've got (but only if we add counter balances to them), but don't like the oar locks. After talking with a few guide friends, I found some that are wicked cool. They aren't made in my size, but talked with the guy that makes the oarlocks and they're going to make some up for me. The shafts are fly rod technology so they're very lightweight. The oarlocks are like gimbals and they totally encapsulate the oar so there's less chance of losing one. Even so, a spare is nice to have along.
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