Originally Posted by Seanvilla
I'm looking at a lightly used 2010 14 foot odyssey raft.
It's a pvc boat with thermo welded seams.
The price is quite low ($900), making it a compelling
There is little to no info regarding these boats, any input is appreciated.
I'm looking to hit class 3-4 water in southern Utah and want to make sure the boat will hang and be able to last at least 5 seasons.
There a lots of those boats up here in Montana, probably more than any other single brand honestly. I've never heard of any major problems aside from leaving them outside... I've seen 15 year old versions that looked new and 5 year olds that were trashed. I think most owners buy them, use them a few times a year - the difference is how they store them. I see a lot sitting on a trailer next to the garage getting blasted by sun. Those I'm guessing are the ones that are trashed. They seem to hold air even if trashed and I've never heard any issues with them. I have several friends with them and only one has replaced theirs (they bought it used and when they got rid of it, it had lots of pin holes and didn't hold air for long) but it was also one of those sun rotted varieties. Even with the leaks, they used it religiously and it never left them on the side of the river.
I think you'll be happy with it as long as you give it a good run through and it seems like it's in fair shape. I think they run just over $2k new (depending on size) but can be found on sale for considerably less this time of year.