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by LarryBartlett
Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Youtube Videos!
Replies: 320
Views: 152479

Re: Youtube Videos!

here's a cool experience that'll make you smile and get a little sad at the same time. Thought seriously about loading this caribou in my PR-49 and taking it for a joy ride to brighten the mood...but decided against it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Msb96t4E74&feature=youtu.be tried to embed, but ...
by LarryBartlett
Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hunting and Packrafts
Replies: 5
Views: 4735

Re: Hunting and Packrafts

Try front loading your pack or a dog...or about 60 lbs. This helps keep it from fish tailing on the float. larry bartlett I hunt from my packrafts all the time in Alaska. I thought about packing this caribou for a short ride, but it's leg was injured and it seemed a little hungry for milk... http://...
by LarryBartlett
Tue May 01, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2009 Unrigged Explorer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1443

2010 Feathercraft Baylee 3

This Baylee 3 was bought new in 2010. has green Heavy Weight fabric and a rowing kit. I modified this rig with lashing points all around the boat for extra lashing and hauling big game. I also added a seat adjustment to center my body weight forward for better paddling control and maximized use of p...
by LarryBartlett
Tue May 01, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2009 Unrigged Explorer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1443

Re: 2009 Unrigged Explorer for sale

both explorers were sold today. thank you much.
by LarryBartlett
Tue May 01, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: For Sale
Topic: 2009 Unrigged Explorer for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1443

2009 Unrigged Explorer for sale

I have one green and one blue Unrigged Explorers for sale. Pimped out with extra lasing points and seats.

Both are in great shape = $600 each

rowing kit = $100 never used

email me at bartletthome@gci.net or call 907-388-2477

Larry
by LarryBartlett
Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Zealand packrafting (2 in one raft)
Replies: 2
Views: 1751

Re: New Zealand packrafting (2 in one raft)

It's called the Big Rig packraft. Made by Feathercraft.

http://www.pristineventures.com/product ... g-rig.html

larry
by LarryBartlett
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tracking, speed, wind resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 2951

Re: tracking, speed, wind resistance

Most packrafts come with a skeg strap on the bottom of the floor. The plastic skeg insert helps tracking trmendously. It requires a depth of 6" or so, which is why we don't use the skeg on rivers. But, with moving water tracking is better facilitated with weight forward approach.
by LarryBartlett
Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: seat mod ideas?
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Re: seat mod ideas?

i've glued industrial strength velcro to both seats to connect one seat atop the other. AquaSeal urethane adhesive works well.

larry
by LarryBartlett
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Dog in Packraft
Replies: 13
Views: 14639

Re: Dog in Packraft

I travel with my dogs nearly everywhere we go. Never had more fun that seeing our dogs lounging aboard our packrafts. I float rivers from Class I-IV and the dogs love it. Never a puncture or tear resulted...to date. Here's a collage of three boat types we've used with our dogs: 1. Big Rig (me and 2 ...
by LarryBartlett
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)
Replies: 3
Views: 5234

Re: Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)

With a small double action air pump and halkey roberts valves, you can put up to about 6psi, but Feathercraft suggest no more than 3.5-4 psi. With heavy loads and maneuvering control, I like a stiff and rigid boat, so i push the limits a bit on tube air pressure. The Big Rig has 13" tubes. With larg...
by LarryBartlett
Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Tips & Technique
Topic: Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)
Replies: 3
Views: 5234

Stalls, ferry, flips & tricks (2 in one boat)

here's another Youtube video from new zealand of my wife and I in one Big Rig packraft with fully self bailing floor. check out some of the maneuvers we were able to pull off. nothing fancy, just cool to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtdUhq2f ... e=youtu.be

cheers,

larry
by LarryBartlett
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2 in a boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3159

Re: 2 in a boat

here's a full blog that covers our 2 in one packraft adventures in New Zealand, includes lots of boat photos.

http://www.pristineventures.com/forum/b ... ?start=120

larry
by LarryBartlett
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 19167

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

I can certainly attest to my Feathercraft being a packraft. It's a special design, but same general design features of other Feathercrafts, just larger capacity and made specifically for alaska hunting. We paddle it in whitewater up to class IV. No spray deck, fully SB floor design or standard model...
by LarryBartlett
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Zealand packrafting (2 in one raft)
Replies: 2
Views: 1751

New Zealand packrafting (2 in one raft)

Hey folks, thought i'd sahre this great 3 min clip of my wife and I floating the Karamea River in New Zealand's south island a couple weeks ago.

Hardcore trip, but worth every bruise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35V-89bz ... e=youtu.be

explicit lyrics...crank it up!

Larry
by LarryBartlett
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2 in a boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3159

Re: 2 in a boat

Here's a youtube video that show me and my wife on the Karamea River in New Zealnd two weeks ago.

Two people in one Big Rig packraft...whitewater funtastic

Enjoy the clip, be warned explicit lyrics contained:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35V-89bz ... e=youtu.be

Larry
by LarryBartlett
Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 19167

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

anytime, Roman. i'm in fairbanks, but it's light enough to ship down to you. My wife and I will take the SB model Big Rig to New Zealand this Feb for a month of tramping and whitewater fun. It's a fun packraft for 2 people and light gear. Saw some of your New Zealand footage recently...nice music se...
by LarryBartlett
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 19167

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

Have thought about incorporating a spray deck for the Big Rig, but for hunting loads this is unreasonable. I've packed the Big Rig all over Alaska this summer and fall, and the 11 lb model has worked great for 2 guys, plus backpacks for 2-week trips. I also have been very impressed with its load hau...
by LarryBartlett
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft
Replies: 19
Views: 19167

Re: Alpacka Raft and Feathercraft

I've been working with FeatherCraft for developing a new packraft for hunters, or those paddling with heavy loads. Here's the Big Rig packraft loaded with a whole moose, plus me and gear. Total weight of the standard floor model is 11.4 lbs Total weight of the Big Rig with self-bailing floor is 16.3...
by LarryBartlett
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Packrafting Gear
Topic: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?
Replies: 4
Views: 4399

Re: Tyvek versus Gaffa tape for temporary attachment points?

I do a lot of filming on float trips, and I also own a couple of alpacka explorers. I tried tyvek tape for securing points for a tripod, but they failed to hold up to the rigors of a long float. I opted to go with the simple loop ring patches. They weigh very little and are easy to apply. Now i have...