Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

AIRE Wildcat 13' Cataraft tubes

AIRE Wildcat 13' Cataraft tubes
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Price: $2,399.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 71.00 lbs

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AIRE has now made the 13’ Wildcat and 14’ Ocelot Cataraft tubes 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' AIRE Wave Destroyer has increased, and demand for Wildcats has dropped off a bit. These pontoons are available in dark orange, limited lime, red, yellow, blue, purple, and dark green, and possibly white or gray. We recommend phoning in your orders for these two models rather than using our shopping cart. A non-refundable deposit is required for all Wildcat orders.

AIRE Wildcat tube pricing includes free UPS ground shipping to any lower-48 address. Our shopping cart will try to charge the UPS, but we will deduct it from the total before capturing your funds.

The 13' Wildcat is as safe as any of the bigger models in terms of "flip resistance" though it may not slide across the length of a big hole as easily as a longer tube might. There is a serious misconception that smaller catarafts are not as stable as larger sizes. In reality smaller tubes with lower buoyancy have less propensity to be picked up and turned over by hydraulics. The Wildcat and two smaller size Wave Destroyers are really three of AIRE's very best class V cat sizes. You can also widen any cataraft frame for added stability.

Wildcats are great for solo use, or even as an overnight rig for two if you keep the total payload including frame & oars to around 650 pounds. We do get people wanting to put two seats and an inappropriate amount of gear on smaller cat tubes, and often it is not even a matter of payload capacity - sometimes the length of the frame is simply not going to allow what these folks have in mind. A small cat will not be more maneuverable than a bigger model if it's drafting too deep because of the load. If your gear including the cooler is going to add up to much over 250 pounds and you want to use your cat as a two-seater, consider either the Ocelot or the Wave Destroyer 14', or the RMR 14'. Note that the Wildcat tubes now have grey frame chafers, though you may run across older images on occasion that don't show them. The price is for tubes only!

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