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Old 05-30-2012   #1
Bozeman, Montana
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sotar vs nrs

13 foot sotar sp with drop stitch vs 13 foot NRS otter. 50/50 family day-floats with frame / class III paddle runs. Any advice would be great! I know there are a lot of "what should I buy" posts...

Also, the Sotar SP only has 10" rise. Worth consideration for paddle rafting?

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Old 05-30-2012   #2
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Both great boats. I'd consider a 14' boat. A 14' really isn't much bigger but its alot more boat. Plus they hold thier value better than a 13' boat. 13' are more for paddle crews. If ya want a stock boat NRS is hard to beat with close by costumer service. If ya want a custom boat (ie: colors and shape) then sotar. So, when your done comparing head on down to boise and get a Maravia. (just had too, stirring the pot)

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Old 05-30-2012   #3
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Get a 143 aire. Sotars are the lightest, NRS are the rubberiest, but aires are bad ass and win in almost every category...marlabias arent bad either. A lot of people like I-beams for tracking a gear boat into the current, while others like flat floors for paddle rafting(spin to win). I like aire floors(internal I-beams with inboard water ballast). NRS floors are non-replaceable.
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Old 05-30-2012   #4
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I've been floating for 38 years. Owned all types of boats. Maravia is my choice if you can afford the best
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Old 05-30-2012   #5
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Originally Posted by montana_field View Post
I've been floating for 38 years. Owned all types of boats. Maravia is my choice if you can afford the best
Ditto that.

I do like Avons especially the Adventurer ( 14 foot ).
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Old 05-30-2012   #6
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Aires aren't good for silty, desert rivers.

...which outside of spring runoff on some rivers, we really have none of in Montana.

I agree on the 14' vs. 13' rationale.

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