Welcome aboard Soggy Bottom ... I hope that you enjoy your stay,
You should sign up for the International Float Tube Fishing Tournament ... today, it starts Jan 1 and it goes thru March ... lots of time and lots of fun!! Only $20.
I own (2) Cumberland Classic Accessories float tubes and (1) Fish Cat Deluxe 4 float tube,
You can't go wrong with either FT.The CCA PROS
in my opinion: offers larger storage pockets and an attached storage on the back of the seat, the seat and the seat back are both constructed with a pliable foam and so you only need to inflate the two air bladders. The seat is also very comfortable and you sit up out of the water.The CCA CONS
in my opinion: the bow of the FT tube is constructed from a mesh material which will cause minimal drag in the water and will also collect a lot more floating debris in it's netting (acting like a skimmer).
Also the bladder end caps are constructed out of nylon cloth so when you clean your tube you will not want to stand your tube up on end which will cause the fabric to begin to fail or cause the stitching to come apart.
The FCD-4 PROS
in my opinion: slightly better construction, air bladder end caps are concentrically designed and are constructed with a durable vinyl product and the bow section is also constructed with the same durable vinyl product making it less prone to gathering floating debris and slightly more water dynamic (like the hard bow of a ship), the seat is very comfortable and you sit up out of the water.The FCD-4 CONS
in my opinion: slightly smaller storage pockets and no back of seat storage,
also you'll need to inflate the seat, the seat back and the (2) two air bladders.
With so many air bags ... sooner or later you will have a leak.Fins
: I prefer Force Fins. They channel the water perfectly and are proven to cause less muscle fatigue and leg cramping than the other (cheaper) fins in the market. Remember ... when you are out there ... that this is not a race. You will move slowly and stealthily. In SW, there are tide currents and gusting winds to consider.PFD
: A must and a requirement to have on board with you at all times. The USCG does not consider our float tubes to be flotation devices.
Pm me ... and I'll make you a deal on a CCA FT, a set of breathable waders and a two-way air pump ...
such a deal that you can't refuse.
Contingency ... that you pick up the items in San Pedro, Ca.