For thousands of years, our ancestors have crafted small rafts from wood, bone, hide or bark to cross rivers safely. We can consider these ancient crafts as the ancestors of modern day kayaks, canoes and packrafts. The first full-fledged “packraft” we know of was a small rubber boat carried by the Jefferson Arctic Expedition. Reputedly, this craft can still be viewed in a museum in Nova Scotia. This boat is believed to have been used to explore the Franklin river of Tasmania. Another packrafter recently revealed to our community a picture of Japanese reconnaissance units in WWII using single-man rubber rafts to stealthily move across water. Other light, simple rafts were developed as aviator survivor boats in the Second World War, and subsequently played a pivotal role in the birth of postwar packrafting.
These days, most canyoneers use packrafts to help them navigate the twisting and turning river channels within the depths of canyons. Packrafting requires a knowledge of water and a packrafter should feel confident in his or her boating skills before attempting to raft across any swiftwater! While packrafts are little and manueverable, they are NOT indestructable and neither are you!
Ceiba Adventure’s is proud to add a brand new Alpacka Raft to our fleet of shiny boats. Our packraft is manufactured by the Alpackaraft company, one of the first makers of quality packrafts. Alpacka packrafts are rugged, hand-built wilderness boats. Whether used for fishing a remote alpine lake, descending whitewater, or just exploring a little wetland on the side of the road, they make wilderness boating accessible.
The Yukon Yak is a mid-size expeditionary / multi-purpose boat. With whitewater & cargo-carrying hull features, the Yak is the most popular model for adventurers and backcountry river-runners.
The Yukon Yak is a good, high-performance fit for paddlers who range between 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters) and 6 feet(1.83 meters) tall, and lets smaller paddlers carry large loads. If you’re between 5’8″ and 6′,and looking for an all-purpose boat or the best whitewater performance,the Yak is probably the right size for you.
This raft weighs 4 pounds and folds into the size of a two-person backpacking tent. It comes with a basic repair kit, stuff sack and inflation bag. It has a removable seat & seat-back, 2 stern grab loops, 4 bow grab loops. We’ll send you out with a lifejacket and a 4 piece fiberglass shaft Manta-Ray paddle, the best in the biz for this kind of boating.