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Posted by Chris_Stout on Mar 10 2006
Yup, I love em eh.  Yah hey..

   How shallow? That depends on jet or prop.  I run my 14 footer in about 12 inches of water with a prop when on step and hauling ass and I am sure I am just dusting the rocks.  I have heard jets work, I worry about caviatation with the soft floor though. That would bring you to about 5 inches or less.  As far a durable, I have hit a gravel bar at 15 miles an hour (should I be admitting this?)  and beached the boat in 2 inches of water with allmost no damage.  The 12 footer will float pretty high with a moose, but will probably not get on step, so you may have to drift and walk/guide the boat some of the sections on the way down if it's that shallow.  Should drift in about 6 inches or less.  Mabey 8 if extremely heavy, but I doubt it.  Many good brands, I own an avon w/ hypalon tubes.  PVC is a little stiffer though and can take more air pressure and float higher, but won't roll as tight. Aluminum floor is lighter (mine is wood).  Just make sure you buy the sportboat models rather than the dinghy/tender models and any brand should do you well.  (you'll know by the higher HP ratings on sportboats).  Have fun, and make me some jerky eh?

  Chris


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