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Where It All Began...

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:54 pm
by AeroNautiCal
I just came across this book which seems to be the history, development and usage of what we've come to know (and love) as the Packraft! Image

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Book Description
The One-Man Pneumatic Life Raft – was the unheralded and almost unknown savior of uncounted downed airmen of World War II and the early Korean War. This is the story of its history, development, and usage as little raft survival kits. Coverage includes issued raft kits of U.S. Army Air Forces, U.S. Navy, British RAF and Commonwealth, German Luftwaffe, and Imperial Japan. Details include many original issue specifications and accessories along with over 320 photographs. This is the most complete work on the subject ever published.
Book Details
ISBN: 0764324357
Size: 81/2&quotx11"
Illustrations: over 320 color and b/w photographs
Pages: 144
Availability: Now Available
Binding: Soft Cover

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:40 am
by argonaut
Interesting, great picture.

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:49 am
by justaddfuel
I don't know, I think the Halkett boat has em beat by about 70-100 years, plus it doubles as a cloak and uses an umbrella sail with walking stick/paddle attachment? Inspiring!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halkett_boat

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:07 am
by RomanDial
That's an awesome post on Wikipedia -- also it made the featured page there. It needs an edit, however, to make a reference to the modern packraft.

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:37 pm
by Mark Lewis
Fascinating stuff, especially about the Halkett boat. The wiki page says the only surviving one is the one used by John Rae, an Arctic/Canada explorer and is in the museum in Stromness, Orkney. I saw his grave/monument in the cathedral in Kirkwall last year but gave the museum a miss as it cost a few quid to get in. If only I'd known what treasure it held; a genuine antique packraft. I feel a return trip coming on soon!

Cheers Guys,
Mark

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:56 pm
by Shaggy
Superb! I've been looking to find out what that boat was for years. Somebody told Sheri about it a long time ago, but we couldn't remember what the museum was.

Rough chronology, as far as I know now (feel free to correct):
  • Halkett Boat
    WWII Aviator Boats, Japanese Scout Boats
    American Safety (?)
    Sherpa
Does anyone know of Pre-Current-Era packrafts missing in that list? There must be more.

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:29 pm
by Esben
I 'd like to add a model from the eithies behind the iron curtain.

A close Friend of mine discovered a 22 year old small inflatable made in GDR in his cellar. Looking a lot like Alpacka ;)
Still full function speaks for its robustness. Weight? Respectable 8 pounds. Surely not intended as a packraft by the state directed economy to the time, but hey it is the idea, the use, the amphibious operation what makes a packraft a packraft, right?

I am still in search of reports, but very sure it had been used in the sense of packrafting given other restrictions to the time. Peoples resourcefulness and urge to pursue freedom in other ways sure led to travels in that way.

http://picasaweb.google.de/M.Kreinacker ... rxqYzm-wE#

Sven

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:13 am
by fcolver
That's the design I need. Tubes getting bigger in the rear, where I sit, to float my 230 pounds. I might have been able to get all of the way down the low water Escalante in that boat :) Bump and grind 37 miles in my Fiord Explorer before giving up and hiking out Fence Canyon.

Frank Colver

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:19 pm
by Esben
So, finally had the time to collect the information :) This article is meant to be the first complete historical coverage. We will give reference, summerize and make connections: http://www.packrafting.de/p/history.html

Enjoy!
Sven

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:13 am
by McNik
Good work Sven!

Just spotted a spelling mistake, you may want to correct:

desaster - > disaster

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:47 am
by Esben
Many thanks Chris, much appreciated. You know, it is not my native language, so any feedback (also expression wise) is welcome. However, the message seemed to come across, thanks again for reviewing it,

Sven

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:15 pm
by McNik
Hey Sven, you are welcome!

I am Nik, not Chris by the way...

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:29 pm
by Esben
How come I mix you up by the time? Sorry for that!
And thanks again,
S.

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:34 pm
by McNik
No problem mate!

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:21 pm
by Esben
I am happy, packrafting is not an ancient invention, this series would become a full time job ;)
Or maybe it is ancient, we only dont have the documentation

As promised, Part II : http://www.packrafting.de/2012/01/history-part-ii.html

Good reading!

Re: Where It All Began...

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:30 am
by Esben