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Old 02-06-2008   #21
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move them into your living room and use them as furniture for the winter months... Or deflated but loosely rolled up?
I keep mine inflated and on the trailer year-round, covered with a tarp at all times. It shouldn't be a problem to roll it loosely and store in the garage over the winter, or just covered outside. The main issue you want to avoid is the PVC degrading in the sunlight.

also, Leery - for some reason your photos aren't showing up. can you give links to them?



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Old 02-06-2008   #22
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Like Andy, I keep both of mine inflated to about 80 to 90%, on the trailer, outside and completely covered with a tarp. The Colorado sun is a bitch on the PVC. I also 303 them a couple of times a year. If you don't know, 303 is a protectant from UV harm.

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Old 02-06-2008   #23
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Glad to hear this. Thanks again for your advice everyone. Jens, sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Old 02-06-2008   #24
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If you are looking for a 16', call Sunshine Sports in Billings, Montana. They have a used red AIRE 156R. It has 9 years left on the warranty. Great boat, 22" tubes, 7'2" wide and a great warranty. I own a 13' Otter and an AIRE 156R. I purchased the Otter about 4 years ago and it has been a great boat. It has been on multiple 4-day floats down the Smith River and numerous overnight floats down the Middle and North forks of the Flathead river. For two people and gear on overnighter it is excellent, add a third person and it gets a cramped. The 156R has plenty of room for 3-4 people and all the gear and beer you would for multiple day floats. If you are to buy one boat, go for the bigger one. It is better to keep any boat inflated year round compared to folded up, whether it be Hyphalon or PVC. PVC does not handle being folded for long periods as well as hyphalon, but it is not good on either material. Good luck on finding a boat. Sunshine Sports has a good web site if you are interested. A
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Old 02-06-2008   #25
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See what happens when you don't check your thread for a day!

Thanks everyone for your input, I think I'm leaning toward a 14'-15'er. I don't plan on leaving the state much and will be living very close to the Poudre soon so a smaller more maneuverable boat is sounding good.

I think I'll start looking for a Hypalon rather than PVC, I have an NRS hypalon duckie and have dragged that thing on some seriously tight and nasty portages without a puncture or tear (AND I bought the thing used from the Mountain Shop last spring) so I know it's durable.

Nick- no worries about the Hijack, you kept in OT at least!

Again thanks for all the great feedback, now just as soon as I get my tax refund...

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