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Self bailers vs solid floor

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:05 pm
by Gunnerviii
I'm looking to see what people's experiences are with self bailing packrafts. I'm thinking about converting mine and wanted to know if they handle heavy loads. The raft currently floats me and my gear no problem, but I'm worried that once converted I'll be sitting in a pool of water, despite using an inflatable floor.

Cheers.

Re: Self bailers vs solid floor

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:29 pm
by Aboomer
i have a koko self bailer and yes you can expect to get a little wet. If i inflate my seat fully it is not to bad i sit right around water level but i find it uncomfortable so i deflate my seat slightly and sit anywhere from 1in to 1/2in in the water.

Re: Self bailers vs solid floor

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:39 am
by Give813
I have an Alpacka Yak, self bailer with a cargo zip. I found no problems paddling class 3 with it loaded for a 4 day trip. that being said, I have little experience with solid floors. What little I've paddled solid floor models, I've found the self-bailers seem to move more slowly, due to drag and the added water weight. I'd like to paddle a solid floor model some more to get a better feel for them, but I am very comfortable in my self-bailer!
It is especially great for fishing trips, when you are constantly in and out of the raft, you never have to worry about a skirt or dumping the boat(especially when it is loaded!). I typically wear a drysuit, but I've also done a 2 day trip with only rain gear, and had no issue with the water level in the boat.