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Old 05-06-2009   #1
 
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Canyon Inflatables -- any input on them?

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Anyone have input on the quality of these (apparently now defunct) Canyon Inflatables rafts? They were out of Boise until some time this decades, I believe, and made PVC boats.

Any input is appreciated. Search function here and Google turned up little.

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Here we go Again!

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Check Costco, I heard they are selling them there! They even come with an unlimited guarantee!


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Canyon Inflatables used to make Hypalon boats in the early 90's. They generally made 18' Grand Canyon Rafts and some really great duckies. Some of their rafts are still in service as I see them now and then. I do not believe that they had ANY relation to Saturn. I know for sure that some of the boats were mfg'd in Flagstaff because I know people who worked building them. That's all I know about that without asking the folks who used to work there.
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Uh...well, I read all that Saturn post. Not terribly illuminating (on Canyons). Thanks for the latter post. The boat is an 18' (no sign that Saturn offered those), and apparently was used commercially in Moab. Seems (seams?) that a Maravia floor was put into it.

So I think this is distinct from the whole SB/Saturn debate. Still it makes me curious about an SB 14'
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If that 18 is yellow (they may have made orange too) w/ black strikes then it is a Canyon Inflatables (not Saturn, has NOTHING to do with Saturn) it may be a pretty good boat. They used really good rubber and as long as seams and baffles are good, it's probably a great boat.
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Yep, yellow with the black. Good to hear about the rubber. So any word on if they were PVC or Hypalon?
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Canyon..

Oh yeah, its coming back to me now--Canyon explodables as my uncle calls em--he's got a 14' white one. He told me its made of Italian rubber--pretty thick--same stuff the Domar's were made of. There's a name you dont hear often--DOMAR--anyone know anything bout them?

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Canyon Inflatables used to make Hypalon boats in the early 90's. They generally made 18' Grand Canyon Rafts and some really great duckies. Some of their rafts are still in service as I see them now and then. I do not believe that they had ANY relation to Saturn. I know for sure that some of the boats were mfg'd in Flagstaff because I know people who worked building them. That's all I know about that without asking the folks who used to work there.
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Domar was one of the boats of choice in G. C. in the 80's. I was gonna mention them but didn't think anyone would remember. C.I. was one of the replacements. They were hypalon. One of the guys working there almost died and had a compound femur fracture and severe burns from trying to push the glue out of an almost empty barrel with a big red electric pump. OUCH!
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Thanks for all the informative posts (and to the uninformative ones, I guess, for causing the bumps). Found out the outfitter this afternoon who owned it and spoke w/ a guide. Says they were tough as nails, and that the Maravia floors made them good big water boats.
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