peter has the scout, at least i think it's the new model, scout.
it has the big butt, and it's yellow. the thing is great. it could weigh less to be sure, but it is a bomber as my orig alpacka.
if sherrie was going to cut weight, she could take some of it out of the floor. you'll still float with a torn floor. you won't float so nicely with a ripped hull though.
alpacka's are just sooo nice. i can't really find issue with them in any serious way. they don't cost all that much, and if you have ever been alone out in the middle of something big, and filled with millions of grinding shards of floating ice, i can assure you ... they don't cost Near Enough !
btw, the scout seems a bit faster (a nebulous term as relates to packrafts) than the orig alpacka. just a tad. but it's still nice.
it goes straighter too.
that ACE hardware Flexible Vinyl mender they recommend Works Great if you clamp it overnight.
and... you can eliminate the extra mass of the inflato bag, if you make a carrying sack with no extra supports in it at all. peter is not really gett'n the inflato sack thing... the boat inflates just ducky with a big stuff sack. it takes a wee bit longer i think, but heck, who's in a big hurry to cross freezing water ? it might be just me. i don't know. perhaps if i rafted more often it would increase speed's importance.
i don't know squat about spray decks. but i just thought i'd post here anyway... kind'a like.. you know ... at random.