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Submitted: 07-26-2004 by dangonflable
My first inflatable was an Advanced element dragonfly1.(still own it as a guest boat). I bought the Stearn IK116 because I wanted a little more stability and speed. This boat is cool, it drags less than the dragonfly and go faster. You can go class 1-2 and short 3 rapids. Don't try 4 or 5 you'll be kicked out of the boat. The boat is 30 lbs compare to the =16 of the dragonfly. This makes a BIG portability weight difference. The sides of the IK116 are lower than the dragonfly so water will get in more easily than the dragonfly. The 3 air chambers needs around 90 pump hits to fill. (5-10 minutes) The dragonfly has 2, the main chamber needs around 170 hits and the floor 30. So the dragonfly is faster to blow, will get less water in (though if it gets water in, it is impossible to totally get rid of it due to the design) but is a lot easier for transport. You can get all the water out of the IK116 by just reversing it. It tracks better and goes faster. The sides of the IK116 should be redesign higher so the skirt bug water in the boat is less important. The 2 velcro pockets should have a larger surface to attach. Weight should also be taken into consideration (if possible). Nice boat!
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