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Maxxon P10 Cataraft pontoon tubes are 10' long, 18.5" around, and weigh 40 pounds per pair. We usually have the gray color but not always the blues. Call 925-820-2628 if you want to check stock. The 10' is the smaller one in the foreground of the picture, but there is no longer a circumference seam at the bow & stern where the nose turns up. In other words, the current version is "seamless" except for the lengthwise joint that runs along the bottom.Maxxon Cataraft tubes are a beefy and economical alternative to the various American made brands, though they are a glued pvc product rather than utilizing welded seams. From the first year we handled Maxxons, we've sold them with the buyer-beware caveat that eventually all things pvc & glued will come apart. The last fifteen years though have shown that despite the theoretical shortcomings, Maxxon rafts and cat tubes really do hold up a long time. "Long time" meaning typically eleven or twelve years in hot climates and up to fifteen in cooler locales. So for the price, this seems to indicate a very, very good value. The downside is that someday in the next couple decades they will have to go into a landfill, whereas an equivalent product from AIRE - which is welded and bladderized - can go 35 years or more with one change of bladders. For more info about the potential pitfalls of glue & pvc see the F.A.Q. section of our site. There is also more information under the description for the Maxxon 14' or 16' sizes
All Maxxon tubes we stock feature use an incredibly tough 2200 X 3100 denier polyester base fabric, so they are as close to rip-proof as you are going to get at any price, and they inflate to roughly the same stiffness as the AIRE cataraft tubes. All sizes except the special-order nine footers have two chambers per tube, and all but the nine's have four large D-ring patches per side (sixteen for a pair of tubes) and black 1100 denier frame and bottom chafers that average 11" wide. The P-10's are popular with the fishing crowd and also make an astoundingly good solo whitewater rig with a custom rowing frame & 7'6" oars (typical dimensions of that frame being 45" wide and 60" from front to back). In fact, for one person in technical class V water, you would be hard pressed to come up with a better pair of tubes.
The best deal for twelve foot tubes by far
Maxxon P-14+ Cataraft tubes - 25" diameter, 14' long, 79 pounds per pair. These extra big diameter tubes were introduced last year and offer a super economical alternative to the AIRE Lion 14' cat. We no longer stock the "normal" (21.5") diameter fourteen foot Maxxon tubes since our dealer cost is too close to the superior welded Rocky Mountain 14' cat. We carry these 14' "fatty" tubes in stock most of the time, but you can phone us if you want to be sure before ordering. Blue (about the same color as NRS, AIRE, or Hyside blue boats) and medium grey are the standard colors.
The Maxxon warranty is five years, and most people do tend to get 12 to 14 years out of their products. All glued pvc boats like Maxxons do have a maximum lifespan, and this is true for Vanguard and Star products as well. At Maxxon's very reasonable pricing, most buyers feel the cost per year to own their cat tubes equals a great value. There is more about potential problems of glue & pvc in our FAQ section, and a lot more on our "PVC vs. Rubber: the Great Debate" page.
Maxxon got away from circumference seams on the ends of the tubes many years ago, and made the rocker at the ends not higher, but more "curly", all resulting in a more attractive & functional tube. In essence, the look a bit like an elve's shoe. The actual amount of rocker is not huge, only about 3" on this size. Measured from the ground that means about 28".
Maxxon tubes are built with bomber 2200 denier polyester base fabric - twice as beefy as Maxxon's marine boats - and all sizes above nine feet have two chambers per tube. The relatively long waterline of Maxxon tubes does provide higher buoyancy than equivalent length AIRE cats in most cases, and with most sizes the Maxxons seem to go faster in the slack sections of rivers.
Maxxon uses a chafe patch on the bottom of their tubes like the rowing frame chafer on top. The 10, 12', 14', and 16' Maxxon tubes all have four heavy duty D-rings on each side of each tube, sixteen total for a pair. All sizes use a molded urethane end cone for those bumper-car sessions with river rocks.
Despite the negatives of glue and pvc, we should also say that for the most part the Maxxon tubes we've sold have been nearly trouble free, and the owners have been universally pleased with the product and lifespan. Please note that our photo still shows a standard 14' tube, not the new "fatty".
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Discontinued - see the Maxxon PT-16 "Fatty" model
RMR CT-140 Cataraft Three Chambers per Tube, Commercial Grade Construction.
Please note that the Rocky Mountain CT-140 price shown is for TUBES ONLY, not the frame, accessories, or oars, and we generally stock blue and gray colors./p>
Rocky Mountain (a.k.a. RMR) catarafts, as mentioned at top, are the only brand of cataraft tube with three chambers standard, and all RMR inflatables are welded, not glued. Although there are many imported pvc cat tubes on the market, most have traditionally been glued together and glue leads to eventual seam failures. Even if the better glued brands hold up for ten to fifteen years, there will still come a day when you have to put a large quantity of pvc in a landfill. Rocky Mountain is currently the only import pontoon with welded seams, bulkheads, & D-rings. Although the Maxxon tubes found in this section of our site cost even less than the RMR's, Maxxons are a glued product with two main air chambers per side like most brands, whereas the Rocky tubes have three chambers per tube.
In addition to the main seam overlaps, RMR also welds seam tape over both the interior and exterior side of each tube joint. This is something that a few pvc boat manufacturers don't seem to bother with, yet the lack of seam tape quite often means their inflatables have air retention that is less than stellar, especially as those boats age. Not so with RMR - the extra step of adding seam tape to the interior prevents air wicking along the exterior edges, and the outside seam tape makes it even more reliable.
RMR cat tubes have their underside section formed with a panel of extra heavy 64 ounce/yard material, rather than incorporating a weight-adding secondary chafer. Which means that the only thing not welded on the Rocky's is the frame chafers. These tubes have almost no curvature along the top surface (which means there is still 22" of rocker on this size). The flat top allows you to use longer frames if you wish, and less bending on the bottom means a faster boat. For now, the photo above only looks good in thumbnail size. We will re-post a clearer image as soon as we can.
Individual pieces of the Rocky Mountain cats are not cut out one at a time with hand-traced cookie cutter patterns and scissors. Instead they are sliced out en masse with computer controlled band cutters like the AIREs, and by foregoing much of the usual hand labor the cost to produce each cat tube goes down. We are glad to see someone has taken the reigns to provide an extremely economical alternative to the many glued pvc inflatables out there.
RM cats have eight stainless D-rings per tube, and the base fabric inside the 33 ounce pvc is a very strong 2000 denier polyester that inflates quite stiff yielding high performance.
RMR uses the low profile Leafield C-7 valves for all cats and rafts. Warranties on all RMR boats are five years. Rocky Mountain 14' cat tubes are 22' in diameter.
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