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Old 01-28-2011   #1
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Seeking info about Aire's "R" Series

Anyone have any insights about Aire's "R" Series? I'm considering buying one to use primarily for fly fishing in Colorado. Any insights or thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 01-28-2011   #2
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It's a gear hauler first and foremost. The large tubes, width and long waterline cause it to draft less per pound of cargo than AIRE's other models. It isn't sporty, but handles big rapids fine. Not an ideal paddle boat, especially in the larger sizes, because the big tubes put paddlers farther from the water. If you're looking for a smaller boat to be more like an inflatable drift boat, take a look at AIRE's Puma series.

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Old 01-28-2011   #3
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I owned an R series for 3 seasons, the 15.6R I believe. I loved it for gear hauling, big party floats and absolute stability when running big water. I would recommend a different boat for fishing. The water that collects between the floor and the outer wrap is great for staying in the current and makes it damn near impossible to flip. The same feature is a pain in the ass when you want to make a quick move or surf a little to hit a spot. I sold mine for this reason. There are other boats that are far more flexible.
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Old 01-28-2011   #4
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Thanks...these are helpful comments. Any thoughts on Aire's "D" Series? I like the Super Duper Puma, although it looks awfully narrow.
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Old 01-28-2011   #5
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I've got a 156 D. Its a great boat, I fish from it and its fine, although not nearly as good at rowing upstream as a drift boat. If you want a raft and the most important characteristic you're looking for is that its good for fishing, then the puma or super puma is the way to go.
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Old 01-29-2011   #6
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Thanks all...good tips.

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