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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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WTB: Raft

I'm looking for a 13-14 foot self-bailing raft, with or without trailer or frame. I would prefer a Maravia, Sotar, NRS, AIRE or Hyside boat, but I'm open to other options.

Let me know what you have and we can talk. I'm located in the Portland area, but I'll drive 500 miles for the right boat (particularly if there's fishable water on the way).

I'll gladly trade brand-new C.F. Burkheimer rods, or rods plus cash for the right boat.

I'm also open to 14' catarafts.


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My 2 cents

Maravia boats are great and super tough. I love the flat floor. On the down side they are stiff so if you are going to be fold/rolling it a lot or using it for fly in or trying to put it in your car/suv it may not be the best choice. Cold weather will make this even worse. They are great if you have a trailer and can leave it inflated all the time. I have had a16ft Maravia raft and currently have a Maravia 14ft cataraft. Cataraft tubse are also stiff but easier to roll than a full on raft.

I have not have had much Sotar experence but from what I have had I like them. They seem light weight.

Aire are verry popular up here due to the air bladder inside that is easy to repair for fly out trips. They also roll up well. They also do well in colder weather. I have a one man cataraft like this from outcast which is owned by AIRE. I love it. I have friends that have pumas and they are great.

I do not have any hands on with NRS but have owned a couple other rubber boats and they roll up tight but may be a bit less durable than a pvc boat in my opinion.

I know it also depends on what you can find and what kinds of deals are out there and what you want to do with the boat.

Also keep in mind that the raft floor will not like the studs on your fishing boots (if you are using them, check your friends boots too). A cataraft mesh floor may not like them either but cheaper to replace, and you can also go wood or alum floor on a cataraft.

A raft will hold more people and gear for the same size cataraft.

Check craigslist and the NRS gear swap page.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses, guys. I'll be on the river for the next couple of days, I'll return emails when I get back.

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Nate........in addition to CL, you might keep your eye on these two sites.....

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 03:07 PM
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We wore studs on all the boats with speyriver guides. In fact, Mike McCune jumped up and down on his (also on the sides) just to show us that the rafts are impervious to wading studs. Two of the boats were NRS, a third AIRE IIRC.
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