Originally Posted by panicman
...Not a whole lot more than a new kayak price....
That is exactly what I was thinking when I went raft shopping this year. I bought a used Sotar for $1300 (rubber only).
Once I fix it up I'm going to have a boat that is going to last me 20 years... for about what I'd pay for a few kayaks that would be obsolete or shattered after 2 or 3 seasons.
What kills you on the rafts is outfitting them. I just spend about $50 on PFDs for my two chihuahuas. Now I have to find little wetsuits for them and then I have to rig a non-slip platform for them... it never ends.