This is David from Pucon Kayak Hostel.
I think this would be a fantastic topic for a blog. I'll see what I can put together.
RxRivers- Aren and Sara are wonderful. They have a gorgeous property and we actually paddled together this summer. Their my top Futa recommendation too if you are looking for an all-inclusive. As i told Aren and Sara many of my guests are do-it-yourselfers. You might be able to rent from Rx but I don't know for sure.
Yes, if you can fly with a boat to Chile then you can count on selling it, especially creek boats.
Buying a boat in Pucon- I have to disagree at least with the idea of buying a used creek boat. Last year Pucon Kayak Hostel cleared our annual used and broken boat stock and sold more than anyone in Pucon. Those used boats go quick. Argentines come by my place on a regular basis and so do guides from the Futa and Pucon. They're all looking for affordable used kayaks in quality shape. Basically, locals are keep their good boats for personal and renting.
Ian Garcia and Ben May sell used boats. I emailed Ian today to get a price of new boat. I think he was retailing for around $US1100 last year. And that's a good rate.
Shipping: Pucon Kayak Hostel is shipping boats now and here's the breakdown.
Factory wholesale for industry company price
+ Approx. $US70 to ship factory to port
+ Pay Freight company shipping
+ 25% of value of kayak to Chilean impuestos (taxes) Of course, we mark as low as we think we can get away with... Usually about $600 for a new boat. $600 (25%)= $150
+ Pick them up in Santiago
So, Ian's new boat price is pretty good when you consider it costs about $us350 to get a kayak delivered.
Mike, I recommend the following:
A. Try to fly with a boat in excellent shape (cost about $150 if you get it there). You will be able to sell this for about $750 if it's a desirable kayak.
Plan B if you can't fly with your kayak- Immediately buy a boat from Ian's shop in Pucon and resale it when your done. If it's in good shape I'll be happy to work with you on bartar food and lodging trade at the hostel.
Thanks for the idea about a blog.
Pucon Kayak Hostel