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Hull Design

Hull design is one of our passions and the driving force behind many of our greatest innovations. Although we find inspiration from many sources, we take pride in the fact that all of our hull designs are Alpacka Raft originals.

We started simple with a 10-panel “stubby” hull that featured ~12-inch diameter tubes in different lengths.  Over the years, we’ve developed advanced designs to improve performance characteristics for more targeted uses like whitewater, multi-person, and cargo capacity. With the new designs, we’ve moved away from identifying hulls by tube-diameter alone. Instead, we look at the overall package of a hull’s shape, tube diameter, and fine-tuning adjustments like rocker, length, and width.  We currently offer three primary hull designs: