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What are your thoughts on a Nile Creek Kick Boat?

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Hi,

I'm looking for a light frameless water vessel and want to see some of your opinions on what to get. I like to wade in rivers and wanted a personal inflatable to access more water in the bow and southern Alberta rivers. I was looking at a watermaster as it suited my low key fishing style, but found a similar Canadian boat from BC, called the Nile Creek Kick Boat (7 feet, 8ft, and a 9ft). There's not much info on the boat online, but asking the shop guy it sounds very similar to a WM. The guy told me their shop was the first to distribute WM in Canada and later branched off to make their own. The Nile Creek is made from hypalon while the WM is PVC, the boat without oars and seat is 20lbs, plus the NC is $1200 CAD. What are your thoughts on this?

 

http://www.nilecreekflyshop.com/nilecreek_8095.html

 

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I’ve had zero experience with the Nile creek kick boat and can’t comment on their quality.   However I do know a little bit about Hypalon material.  You know all those big, round antennae’s mounted on the tops of communication towers?  That white covering you see is Made out of a Hypalon material.  I know because I used to install them, did so for over 40 years.  There are not many environments that are tougher on hardware than you see at the tops of those towers.  I’m not saying the tarps wouldn’t fail, we would get up to 10 years out of them but it was never the Hypalon material that failed.  It was the sewed seams of the pie shaped sections that would give out.

now, translate that into a boat floating down the river, brushing up against rocks and sharp tree branches.  I know which one I would choose.

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Isn't Hypalon heavier than pvc? an overall weight of the boat packed would be something worth looking into if you plan on doing any hiking.  

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On 5/8/2020 at 6:30 PM, murray said:

I’ve had zero experience with the Nile creek kick boat and can’t comment on their quality.   However I do know a little bit about Hypalon material.  You know all those big, round antennae’s mounted on the tops of communication towers?  That white covering you see is Made out of a Hypalon material.  I know because I used to install them, did so for over 40 years.  There are not many environments that are tougher on hardware than you see at the tops of those towers.  I’m not saying the tarps wouldn’t fail, we would get up to 10 years out of them but it was never the Hypalon material that failed.  It was the sewed seams of the pie shaped sections that would give out.

now, translate that into a boat floating down the river, brushing up against rocks and sharp tree branches.  I know which one I would choose.

Thanks. 

I'm gonna look more closely at these boats. At $1200 CAD, it doesn't seem like a bad buy. 

 

Anyone else have any thoughts on these boats? What about an 8' vs a 9 footer? Which one should I get? 

 

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I have a couple watermaster kodiaks, one of which I actually purchased at Nile Creek. I love them for flowing water (they’re slooooow in stillwater) but if/when they eventually wear out I’ll be replacing it with a Nile Creek boat. It’s a no brainer for the price difference.  

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Just bought it...

Anyone wanna float the bow together on separate boats? 

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Does it come with an illegal guide charge, or 3? (inside joke, not calling you an illegal guide)

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2 hours ago, FlyFishingEMT said:

Congrats on your new boat. Interested to know how you like it?

Absolutely!

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