Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

AIRE Ocelot 14' Inflatable Cataraft

AIRE Ocelot 14' Inflatable Cataraft
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Price: $2,599.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 83.00 lbs

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AIRE has now made the 14’ Ocelot Cataraft tubes and the 13’ Wildcat pontoons a special order item, and the lead time is about five weeks plus delivery from us (Bay Area, CA) to your location. Apparently demand for the 13' and 14' AIRE Wave Destroyers has increased and demand for Wildcats and Ocelots has dropped off a bit. These pontoons are available in orange, red, yellow, blue, lime, and dark green, dark purple, and possibly white or gray. Please phone in your orders for these the Ocelot rather than using our shopping cart so we can discuss the color options and lead time. A non-refundalbe deposit is required as these are definitely a special-order item.

The AIRE Ocelot 14' inflatable cataraft tubes include ground UPS to any lower 48 destination. Our shopping cart will still try to charge UPS, but we will deduct it from the total before capturing your funds. Pricing is for tubes only, not the frame,oars, etc.

The 14' Ocelot, Wildcat, Leopard, Wave Destroyers, and Jaguarundi all have rowing frame chafers though some older photos may not show them. These chafers are not actually a second layer of material as you might think, but rather a hot dog shaped section of heavier grey fabric inserted into a cut-out area on top of the tubes.

Ocelots hold a lot more weight than the "little brother" Wildcat's because their diameter and extra length adds up to far more buoyancy. They also hold a bit more than the 14' Wave destroyer. The Ocelot can handle generous loads without drafting deep, but it also gets surfed rather easily in holes when it's not loaded down. It seems to do the best with payloads of around 900 pounds in terms of behaving predictably on the river. This is based on our experience with several vintages on runs ranging from heavily loaded multi-day trips in Oregon, overnighters on the Tuolumne, and lightly loaded days trips at higher flows on the Merced River outside Yosemite. If you mainly do day trips, even if many of them are with a second person, the Wildcat found in this section might be a better choice. Overall the Ocelot represents the best compromise between load capacity and sportiness even if it is not in AIRE's regular boat line anymore. It won't draft deep so you will float over more rocks that smaller tubes would hang up on. If you often have two passengers rather than just one, the 16' Jaguarundi may be a better size.

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