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nickyp
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nickyp
   Old Thread  #14 5 Jun 2023 at 1.15pm  1  Login    Register
I use a 3m raptor ali deck for towing. Iíve also just purchased one of the new nash 240 inflatables for general use (dropping rigs, playing fish etc) which comes with an airdeck. Iíve also got a raptor 180 with airdeck which I use as a spare should I need it.

Iíve got something to cover the majority of situations. In terms of what deck to use, I always go with air decks. The flooring can be a pain in the ass to put together sometimes, especially if itís been used a few times. Air decks are very sturdy and never had an issue with them.

You donít have to mess about lining pieces up, especially in bad weather conditions
Hudson
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Hudson
   Old Thread  #13 19 Apr 2023 at 4.07pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #12
I wouldnít be kicking around pumping my boat up anyhow 😂
Reedy
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Reedy
   Old Thread  #12 19 Apr 2023 at 2.27pm    Login    Register
In reply to Post #9
Air decks are firm but your need an electric pump to achieve the desired pressure
carpstar40
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carpstar40
   Old Thread  #11 18 Apr 2023 at 6.55am    Login    Register
In reply to Post #9
Inflated fully they're very firm.
woody71
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   Old Thread  #10 17 Apr 2023 at 10.48pm    Login    Register
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Thank you for the reply
Hudson
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Hudson
   Old Thread  #9 17 Apr 2023 at 3.29pm    Login    Register
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How firm are the air decks?
carpstar40
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carpstar40
   Old Thread  #8 17 Apr 2023 at 8.55am    Login    Register
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I prefer airdecks as they're so simple and quick which is what I currently have in my JRC, I've had experience of boats with ally decks which my previous ones were as well as helping mates with theirs which obviously will outlive an airdeck but assembling them and getting them in the bottom of the boat can be a ball ache, some fit well others can be a wrestle mania session.
woody71
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   Old Thread  #7 15 Apr 2023 at 11.42am    Login    Register
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On the raptor boat which deck do you prefer the air deck or the aluminium one?
Dix
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   Old Thread  #6 6 Apr 2023 at 10.24pm    Login    Register
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55 lb will do the job for you I have 300 size dingy and 55lb min kota max
Recommend strongly.

Also if you don't mind to ask me what lake do you going to fish ?
LochLondon
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   Old Thread  #5 6 Apr 2023 at 10.20am    Login    Register
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I use a 35lb (I think) Minn Kota & it tows my gear fine on a 40 acre UK pit, can imagine it'll be a pain if the winds got up & white capped - reckon you'd be fine with a 55lb.

One lesson I learned was invest in a decent battery, I bought a cheap one online (think it was 60 or so quid) and no word of a lie the thing weighs a tonne & holds as much charge as an iPhone 2 wish I'd have spent a little more & got a decent one or splurged and bought a lithium version
carpstar40
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carpstar40
   Old Thread  #4 4 Apr 2023 at 8.20am    Login    Register
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55lb is what I use and find it more than adequate on my 2.7 although its getting on a bit now and I have been looking at the 65lb thrust from fox with the tilting head as a newer option I like the fact it stows easier for transport and storing as most outboards are an awkward shape.
Hudson
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Hudson
   Old Thread  #3 2 Apr 2023 at 9.27am    Login    Register
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Thanks mate.


So yeah a 2.4 sounds like what I want. Iíll get one of the mats to tow some gear if and when I need to.

What about motor size for a boat like that? 55lb good enough or need an 80lb?
carpstar40
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carpstar40
   Old Thread  #2 29 Mar 2023 at 9.35am    Login    Register
200/230 are ideal for putting rigs/bait out, you might get away with a 230 size with towing a raptor mat depends how much kit you take, I have a 270 JRC inflatable which will ferry me and my kit for a week in France but then just a little on the large size for baiting and rig dropping had it a few years now and will be getting rid shortly as I dont do much of that kind of fishing now where I have to ferry my kit I will be looking getting a Raptor X-wide in 230 just for mainly spot finding and bait and rigs, the Raptor X-wide 200 is very stable my mates got one and I used it last October bit on the small side for me and far too small for ferrying any kit you wouldn't get a lot in it.
Hudson
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Hudson
   Old Thread  #1 26 Mar 2023 at 8.08am    Login    Register
Hi,

Going to buy a boat. In the first instance for fishing a small lake in France to put rigs and bait out.

In the longer term to be used in the uk on 90 acre pit which would also occasionally entail being used to transport my gear.

In this instance I wonít be taking the kitchen sink and will be buying one of them raptor unhooking mats that double as a boat trailer or similar that Iíll Be able to load with a bit of gear. So with that I basically want a boat as compact as possible to stay stable with a medium Barrow load of gear and 1 person on it.

In an ideal world Iíd like a rigid boat but storage wonít alllow for that so will need an inflatable.

Thereís far too many options so can I get a few options of what size to get and then a few brands to choose from.

Iím thinking 2.4m or 2.7m looks a decent size with my preference for the 2.4.

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