The Alpaca Explorer 42 Solo / Tandem Pack Raft is the perfect boat for introducing your kids to paddling or taking your dog on a backcountry trip. It can also comfortably be paddled by two smaller adults looking to save weight and bulk on long traverses and adventure races. This is. The Explorer 42 is the lightest weight tandem boat in the lineup, but is easy to paddle for one person, with extra space in the bow if you need to carry extra cargo (like bikes, kids or furbabies). It’s also about half the weight of carrying two single packrafts, which makes it a great choice for two adults doing long traverses that involve shorter days on the water or adventure races that require you to carry your boats for long distances.
The Explorer 42 is built with our 11.7-inch diameter Cargo Hull, which is easier to paddle for one person than the larger diameter Cargo Hulls in the Oryx and Forager. The Cargo Hull features the center panel stern and a late rise bow, which maximize stability, buoyancy, leg room, and cargo capacity. The Explorer 42 seating system allows the rear paddler to slot their feet on either side of the seat for better control while the front paddler sits on the forward third of the seat. A backband can also be added for the front paddler.
Sizing and Specifications
|Exterior Length||110in | 279cm|
|Exterior Width||38in | 97cm|
|Interior Length||62in | 157cm|
|Interior Width||15in | 38cm|
|Rear Cockpit Length||41in | 104cm|
|Front Cockpit Length||28in | 71cm|
|Weight w/o Cargo Fly*||8.0lb | 3.63kg|
|Weight with Cargo Fly*||8.3lb | 3.74kg|
|Packed Size**||19x7.5in | 48x19cm|
|Max Capacity***||600lb | 272kg|
*Max Capacity is the maximum total weight (paddlers and cargo) that the boat can reasonably carry in flatwater under ideal conditions. Actual capacity for any given trip will vary widely based on the paddler’s skill and water conditions. Please review our weight carrying capacity guide for further details.
**Weight includes all components except inflation bag, repair kit, and internal dry bags for Cargo Fly.
**Packed size is a reference measurement based on folding each lengthwise edge of the boat to the center and rolling from the bow. There are many other methods of rolling and folding the boats that will result in a different packed size that may be more or less efficient for packing depending on the situation.