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Comments on AIRE Panther
Posted by Michael Strahan on May 30 2005
As Brian hinted, there are two types of AIRE Panthers out there; the original series that has a hard miter at the front, and the newer continuous curve bow and stern sections. Either boat will suit the purposes of most folks. What you gain by the continuous curve design is better performance with an outboard and slightly better whitewater performance. The sharp angle generates a lot of spray on the older design when you're using an outboard.
The older Panther was the first boat I ever used for float hunting in Alaska, back in about 1987 or so. You can easily fit three people and gear, plus critters if you're caribou hunting. The boat has a huge load capacity (I think it was 1500 lbs or so, and AIRE tends to be conservative on their capacity ratings). It would be an excellent choice for two guys on a moose hunt. The late Jay Massey, when I knew him, purchased a couple of these boats for his "Moose John Outfitters" guide service, and had special custom frames built for them. The Panther and it's larger cousin, the Cougar, are both fine choices for Alaska.
Best of luck to you. What's the asking price, btw? Uh.... and the address too??
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