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tkkn c
(tkknc) - MLife

Locale: Desert Rat in the Southwest
Alpacka Packrafts on 05/03/2007 18:27:43 MDT Print View

Are the spray deck Alpacka Packrafts that BPL is carrying, the 2006 or the 2007 spray deck models? There is a difference in attachment and weight.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Alpacka Packrafts on 05/03/2007 19:43:17 MDT Print View

These are 2007 decks.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
flipping alpacka - hey ryan on 05/03/2007 20:51:19 MDT Print View

hey ryan -

have you flipped one of these with the integrated spraydeck?

how hard is the exit?

i have a favorite class 3 river nearby with decent fishing for good sized trout, but the run has a couple chute type (no way around 'cept portage) class 3 rapids with kinda mean hydraulics after & the hyraulics push up against rockage (you see where i'm going with this right)


cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
oh - size of river on 05/03/2007 20:52:19 MDT Print View

in normal or what would be fishable flows is 500cfs - maybe 1750cfs

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: flipping alpacka on 05/16/2007 23:28:34 MDT Print View

As it turns out, the spraydeck is essential for running whitewater, otherwise the boat will swamp. An Alpacka full of water is no longer a seaworthy craft, and lacking a keel can be difficult to maneuver through rough water to shore in order to bilge.

Alpacka rafts can be a lot of fun, and can add a whole new dimension to the backcountry experience. They also possess the unfamiliar power to put backpackers onto obscure water where downstream conditions are a complete unknown. Please be careful out there. Use the Force, but use it wisely.