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by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New For 2012 from Alpacka
Replies: 7
Views: 7547

New For 2012 from Alpacka

Hi Everyone, this is an update on what is happening with the spraydecks. After 10 years of trying different solutions, we have finally come up with a real "dry" spraydeck! And the dreaded Velcro is gone except for two small tabs. The 2012 Spraydeck is a big of a change in the boats since the big "bo...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New to this, lots of questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1610

Re: New to this, lots of questions

Please send me an email at: workshop@alpackaraft.com and I will be pleased to answer all of your questions; I also have some ideas for you! Cheers!
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Product Review 2011 Alpacka Llama
Replies: 2
Views: 7538

Re: Product Review 2011 Alpacka Llama

Hello All, Perhaps we can shed a bit of light on the spraydeck issues that some of you are talking about. The spraydecks seem simple, but they are actually the most difficult part of the boats to design. We are constantly trying to improve them, and most of our customers agree that the decks have go...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?
Replies: 4
Views: 3875

Re: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?

I don't know what Gaffa tape is. Try it and if it works that's great! Duct tape and Gorilla tape do not stick very well after immersions as someone earlier said on the forum. The Tyvek tape sticks the best but it isn't the best for holding things down because it doesn't have any scrim in it like duc...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon May 02, 2011 6:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lightweight Paddle Blades and Poles have arrived!
Replies: 0
Views: 1081

Lightweight Paddle Blades and Poles have arrived!

Great news for all of those lightweight conscious boaters! The lightweight paddle blades and poles are now available on our website. The combination of lightweight Sawyer paddle blades and Black Diamond Carbon Probe ski poles allow one paddle for two jobs, not to mention super lightweight capability...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Naming A Packraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 2085

Re: Naming A Packraft?

I love this video! You guys ROCK!
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?
Replies: 9
Views: 3232

Re: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?

I am starting a list for the Floorless FX. If you would like to have your name on it, please email me at: workshop@alpackaraft.com
Cheers and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 8-)
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?
Replies: 9
Views: 3232

Re: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?

The floorless model will be exactly 2" longer than the FX and with all the trimmings; which include the removable floor you can stand on, the rowing system, seat, etc...it weighs in at 13lbs. Without the removable floor and the rowing system, it weighs in at 9lbs. This boat has the same tube width a...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?
Replies: 9
Views: 3232

Re: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?

A test boat was sent to a fishing group in Washington for the final design ideas. We are very close in finalizing and should have this floorless FX on the website sometime mid February. We are looking good! :D
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Throw bag
Replies: 4
Views: 2391

Re: Throw bag

Scott / Solgear does good work. We've got one of his little throw bags. As Scott points out, there's no real ideal backcountry throw bag solution right now, but we take the solgear bag on all our front-country runs.
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5160

Re: underfloor protection

Not using the inflated seat definitely contributes to floor damage, alaska_lanche. The seat is integral to preventing "pinch damage." This is also why, for heavy load floating, an inflated mattress in the bottom of the boat is very advisable. We've done more damage to some floors in a half-day of bo...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: underfloor protection
Replies: 7
Views: 5160

Re: underfloor protection

Hi Chris, We've seen a bunch of seats blow out all of a sudden due to inexplicable weld failures. General Announcement: SEATS THAT RIP OR HAVE WELD FAILURE IN NORMAL & REASONABLE USE ARE WARRANTEED. Send 'em in, we'll replace them. The seat gremlins attack, again! :evil: :!: Moving on to your questi...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka Inflation Bag
Replies: 11
Views: 5696

Re: Alpacka Inflation Bag

You can also make adapters for the inflation bag, Trebork2. The valve is 3/4" standard pipe thread. If you go to a hardware store, you can get PVC parts in that threat in electrical and plumping, and use PVC cements, tape, or glues to jury-rig the assembly together so it terminates in the fitting of...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?
Replies: 9
Views: 3232

Re: Open Floor comparable to Watermaster?

This is a project. We don't know where it's going to go, but we have sacrificed a couple boats into the soulless meat grinder of Experiment (cringe :twisted: ). A presentable prototype is a ways out, but we're experimenting with the technology. Safe to say there'll always be a substantive difference...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!
Replies: 34
Views: 10911

Re: Eskimo Roll in a packraft -- For Real!

Note: the Witchcraft is going to be a custom-build. It's a heavier, much more specialized craft than the main line rafts - and also more expensive to build - designed for a specialized sub-activity, rather than for general packrafting. We're highlighting that here because we've noticed some folks in...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Development Report
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Re: Alpacka Development Report

We have played around with the "floor plank." We went so far as to prototype various versions. It very pretty simple: a plank with some routered sockets for the oarlock booms. Worked really well... but we prioritized getting the oarframe improved first.
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Development Report
Replies: 4
Views: 1873

Alpacka Development Report

Hi All, here is the current... RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT As always, 99% of the challenge is time, not ideas… WHITEWATER BOAT. Status: Alpha Testing. Yes, this is the one in the 2nd roll vid. We’ve been experimenting on: More aggressively shaped hull. Fore-and-ft stability increase. Heavier-duty, much d...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2009, the Year in Review
Replies: 1
Views: 1514

2009, the Year in Review

GENERAL YEAR NEWS: As always, the "news" of packrafts this year has been a real smorgasborg, from fly fishing in Singapore to Eskimo roll experiments in Alaska. A few highlights: there's been packraft polo in Anchorage, a packrafting article in the NY Times, several Backpacking Light packrafting co...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 11951

Re: How to Eskimo Roll a Packraft

Yes, we talked to Luc (who had the grab loop blowout rolling). Very cool experiments going on, but this helps illuminate why Sheri (the Alpacka inventor / prez. for those readers who don't know) isn't jumping straight into rolling boats, thigh straps, etc... she's looking at things from fabric to ot...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Fixed length trekking pole attachment
Replies: 4
Views: 2325

Re: Fixed length trekking pole attachment

The most effective method we've seen & done for this is lashing skis, poles, etc. along the side tubes. For skis, we usually put one strap plate on side tube, near the stern seam. The aft-two forward grab loops form the other lash points. For your situation, though, I think one strap plate one a sid...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help selecting a raft
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: Help selecting a raft

Hi canunkjgc, I know Sheri's reluctant to actually install a seat in a Scout, but you can get an explorer seat separately and use it like a seat pad in the boat, loose. For the applications the Scout is designed for, having the seat hard-installed isn't really necessary. Sorry for the delay posting;...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packraft component failures???
Replies: 10
Views: 2785

Re: Packraft component failures???

Hi guys, Sorry for our recent absence from the forum: been utterly consumed with work-travel, year-end accounting, moving the workshop, etc. recently... These are all warranted problems. If you've got stuff like this happening on a boat, we're happy to fix it. These things shouldn't happen on the bo...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fjord explorer question please
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Re: Fjord explorer question please

PDF-download manuals page: http://www.alpackaraft.com/index.cfm?se ... e=Overview

They're sort of hard to find right now, we admit. We're working on getting it set up so the downloads come up after you place an order.

Cheers, -Alpacka
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yak or Llama
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

"Adjustable" Seat

For the record, the new seat isn't officially adjustable... it's removable, but the lace-in method can be used to move it forward by an enterprizing boater - bearing in mind that this will reduce the security of the connection to the boat, thereby perhaps causing rip-out, etc. Though that's not what...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Red & Cedar are back!
Replies: 1
Views: 1080

Red & Cedar are back!

Just wanted to post for everyone that Cedar Green and Red are now available, for anyone who's been holding out for them. Cedar Green: waiting for the fabric, hope to be shipping by the 7th of Sept., barring Murphy's Law. Cedar green is sticking around long-term, we just rand out this summer. Candy A...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Late August Packraft Rescue Training
Replies: 5
Views: 1988

Re: Late August Packraft Rescue Training

Scott does great courses. We definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to take their river safety & proficiency to a new level.
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sewing thread for seat repair
Replies: 2
Views: 1145

Re: Sewing thread for seat repair

Hi Carol, any good nylon (or dacron, for that matter) thread should work great for this. Natural fiber threads (ex: cotton) are more prone to rot out with so much moisture exposure, and it's generally best for longevity if the fabric and thread type are matched. Since the boats are made out of nylon...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thanks for the repair
Replies: 4
Views: 1630

Re: Thanks for the repair

We're now putting the mouth valves on the stern, near the main valve, on all the rafts. Wherever we put them seems to be a trade-off, but so far the stern is working out well. It seems to have eliminated the "Ahhh, I just opened the valve with my leg!" moment.
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat
Replies: 11
Views: 4295

Re: leak inside a seam of a 2005 boat

Note: for those newer to the community, Sheri is our inventor. Cheers, -Alpacka
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri May 22, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17021

Re: Paddles

You're right, Blisterfree. I just put my old Splat & a new MR Fiberglass on the scale, and pulled these weights: Splat: 35.3 oz. MR Fibeglass: 33.9 oz. I've changed the stated weights on the website to 36 oz. and 34 oz. I don't think we've verified those weights in awhile. I don't have a current Saw...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri May 15, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17021

Re: Paddles

We spoke to Aquabound about this, and to paraphrase what came back from them: Aquabound's evidence suggests the Splat is slightly stronger than the Manta Ray Fiberglass. That squares with what we've ourselves generally seen, but their engineering dept. also highlighted that - since the carbon fiber ...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri May 15, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: DIY raft
Replies: 35
Views: 26140

Re: DIY raft

Hi, uncoolperson did contact us, and... well, "he's cool." :) We're happy to say Alpacka started as a DIY raft, and we're big believers in our boats, but Alpackas certainly aren't the best boat for all packrafters - and the freedom to tinker with, mod, and build gear is something we love about packr...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue May 05, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17021

Re: Paddles

Brad's right: there was a spate of breakings, we think came from a single group built together. After that, Sawyer beefed the blades. We also changed our product description: in our first testing, they seemed as tough as the Splat, but we subsequently felt we found that generally they were much toug...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 28
Views: 17021

Re: Paddles

Andrew, I don't mind saying that - in this case as a representative of Alpacka - I'm really impressed by Richard's knowledge on this subject - and I'm enjoying learning more from reading his posts. Our experience backs up what you're saying, Richard. Every paddle is a compromise. We recommend 210cm,...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dial A Llama!
Replies: 1
Views: 1123

Re: Dial A Llama!

We really want that site to let us use this on our contacts page...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Velcro Skeg
Replies: 9
Views: 3470

Re: Velcro Skeg

We're going to back Ryan up on this one: we've done a lot of skeg-additions to kayak-paddled boats over the years, and no one's ever come back and said they notice a big difference. The lateral forces of the kayak paddle seem to overwhelm any effect of the skeg. We now advise against it. It doesn't ...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New boats development report
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Minimalist Boat

Minimalist Boat Report Another initiative we've got going is to develop a more stripped-down, light boat: basically, a craft with the durability of our other boats, but with a slightly lighter weight and for those who don't need the whitewater function, and are more interested in negotiation river ...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New boats development report
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

New boats development report

Hi Everyone, Thought we'd post the beta on our new raft development projects here, for anyone who's interested... :idea: The Two-Person Boat. We're beating up one of these boats right now, to see how it does. 2-Person Specs: Inner length: 58", outer length 86". 14.5" inner width (about 2" more than ...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test, just a test
Replies: 6
Views: 2252

Re: Test, just a test

Woohoo! A full 36 hours with no new SPAM! That "ban" option is pretty handy... Okay, nevermind, just had to clean house again.
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test, just a test
Replies: 6
Views: 2252

Re: Test, just a test

You guys are right that we've been behind on the power curve, in this sudden wave of Spam. (For those just coming into the conversation, the first message in this thread was Spam, now deleted, so andrewallen's statement is a response to something erased). This one caught us a big flat footed: web gu...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 18952

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Firstly, thanks to everyone for keeping the ideas flowing! We like hearing it all :D A couple thoughts spring to mind... "Boat Shoes" and Durability. This is a fun conversation. Our main line is definitely tough, as our kind boaters have pointed out. But we'd also like to give JDFIU a shout for thin...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Packrafting Group now at last on Facebook!
Replies: 6
Views: 1934

Re: Packrafting Group now at last on Facebook!

With sound advice from Rods & a whole bunch of head scratching, we've now created a Facebook identity for Alpacka Raft. (How do list the relationship status of a boatyard? ... I tried to put "in an open relationship", but under 'with who' it wouldn't let me put "many bodies of water." Perhaps it's f...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:44 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 18952

Re: What custom boat mods would you like?

Hi all, just got back from a trip - Thanks for the good thoughts so far. Jules, we're experimenting with better way to kneel or stand (yup, stand) in the Fjord Explorer, which might help you out. It wouldn't quite work on the old Dory frame, I'm afraid. Sheri's always wanted to be able to stand & sc...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: Design & Do-It-Yourself
Topic: What custom boat mods would you like?
Replies: 43
Views: 18952

What custom boat mods would you like?

Hi Everyone, We've been working on an easy way for folks to order custom grab-loop packages for their boats - like a ski carrying rig, internal cargo tiedowns, etc. - just like ordering a spraydeck. We're interested in what mods you'd like to see available for the boats. So far, our ideas list inclu...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Rogue Leak
Replies: 9
Views: 4820

Re: The Rogue Leak

Hi Turk,

Sheri & I were just talking about your floor. Could you call me at (970) 903-9991? We want to check some stuff out on it.

Cheers,
Andrew
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The State of Alpacka (Official Announcement)
Replies: 3
Views: 3764

The State of Alpacka (Official Announcement)

Hi Everyone, We've been up to quite a lot lately, and thought we'd let you all know what's going on with Alpacka: :arrow: We're building the rafts ourselves. Historically, Sheri's outsourced fabrication. However, there were some ongoing problems with that, and Sheri ultimately found she couldn't rea...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Rogue Leak
Replies: 9
Views: 4820

Re: The Rogue Leak

Hi Turk, Your new boat shouldn't be softening up so quickly. We can't stand selling leaky boats. Before a boat goes out the door, we leave it overnight inflated to a pressure over use-spec to check for leaks. We're hoping yours didn't somehow slip through the net: about 90% of the new boat "invisibl...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Alpacka offers new packraft Paddle
Replies: 21
Views: 10107

Recent Breakages

Following on what's been a very good service record, several of our users have broken Sawyer paddles within the last few weeks. Most or all of these breakages appear to be on new paddles. Obviously can't happen. We're working with Sawyer to figure out what's going on. If you break your Sawyer, pleas...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Mon May 12, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Break down paddle getting stuck????
Replies: 10
Views: 4259

Aquabound's Recommendations

We called up Aquabound and asked them about this problem, and they were very helpful in explaining it. Paraphrasing their answer: The Cause of Paddle Blades Getting Stuck :arrow: Dirt or Grit. The paddle ferrule and shaft socket are counstructed with 2-2.5 thousandths of an inch of clearance. If the...
by Alpacka Raft LLC
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 318
Views: 123180

Videos on the Alpacka Website

We're now linking to YouTube Videos from the official Alpacka website. We're also doing our best to credit the videographers in a caption, even though they're also credited on YouTube, obviously. On that note... :arrow: Eric Parsons. Your edit of Hig & Erin's footage is now linked on the shop/homep...