All worth about the same for the amount of "fun" left in them.
Originally Posted by mtfunfloater
That goes back to my original question. I am looking at a few almost 20 year old boats by Sotar, Maravia and a 8 or 9 year old Aire. No warranty on thses at all and about the same price if not more than a new RMR with 5 yr warranty. All 14-16 ft rafts
If you buy a 20yo Sotar or Maravia and sell it next year, it's going to be a 21yo quality boat. You might lose $1-200.
If you buy a new RMR today for $2,300, it's going to be worth about $1,800-1,900 next year. Nobody is going to want a year-old boat for a like-new price when they can have a brand-new boat for a few hundred more. If you love the boat, this part isn't a problem.
Any chance of borrowing several rafts from friends over the next couple of weeks? Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, but you tend to see groups of similar boats on the river, because people tend to buy what their friends have and love.
Just like cars, boats depreciate. A 1983 Yugo is worth nothing, where a 1983 Cadillac or Airstream is still going to have some value today and tomorrow.
Buy something that sells for less new, and it's going to depreciate to nothing faster. Buy something quality now, pay more, it's going to depreciate more slowly and over a longer period of time.
If a 20 year old boat blows a seam its garbage too right? So hard to know whats a good deal on a used boat is my problem!
20yo hypalon boat is going to be as good as it looks.
20yo PVC boat is rare. If it was welded, it should be OK. If it was glued, problems should be apparent (if any) by now.
20yo urethane-coated PVC (Maravia) is probably going to be good--they did have the aforementioned seam problems. If they're there, they should be visible.