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Old 03-14-2015   #1
Coos Bay, 97420
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I have came across a Starlite sl100 for $400. It is from a rental company. They sell for about $1,200 new. Does anyone have some input on these boats good and bad??? Thanks in advance!


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Old 03-14-2015   #2
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I would say the star brand of Inflatables are white water worthy boats


Star does not have reputation that hyside, aire, sotar, marvia, nrs and other top tier manufacturers have .Star is a second tier manufacture. There boats new go for what first tier brands get used.

I belive for many priviate boaters star can be a viable cost effective solution.

$1,200 new for their IK is a joke, way to much for just a little more you can have a high quality aire or nrs IK.

$400 for a used star IK seems high but if it is in excellent shape it may be worth it., I have seen Aire Ik for 4-600 + on the buzz.

Keep in mind this is a used commercial is not likely to be in excellent condition.

I do not belive that star use c7 valves....I think they use a non standard valve ..but I could be wrong on that.

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Old 03-14-2015   #3
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I wouldn't do it. Get a used Hyside, NRS, or Aire for closer to $600 and have it for life. A privately owned, lightly used Star - maybe offer $250. I bought a Trib Tomcat used last summer for $250 and I consider it to be a much nicer boat than the Star.

Can you wait until Fall? You'll get the best deal then. Maybe you can rent a couple different models in the meantime and see what you like. I would stick to welded plastic or glued Hypalon though.
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Old 03-15-2015   #4
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Obviously these people have never used a star IK. I have two of the sl200's. They have served me well for over ten years. They get a lot of use each year and they are still going strong. They are very stable and handle class fours just fine. I have used them for many a multi day trip. They handle pretty good packed down and drain fast when the waves wash over you. It is also stable when it is full of water. If the boat you are looking at is in good shape, it should work great. I paid a lot more than $400 for mine, but it was worth it. Sure an Aire or Hyside might be a little lighter, but my Star SL200's are still going strong 10-11 years latter.
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Old 03-15-2015   #5
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Good kayak

I have owned a Star SL100 for 8 years and it is a good boat and I have had zero issues with it. I bought mine as a new trade show demo from Star for $550 and I thought that was a very good deal. I have also owned an NRS Maverik single and double and a Hyside tandem, etc and even though the Star is a PVC boat, it is well made with a super heavy denier floor. My wife loves it as it is super stable.
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Old 03-15-2015   #6
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Thanks for the input. I don't have it in my possession yet, but I got it for $300. I will try to do a follow up once I get it down the river a few times.

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