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Old 04-19-2012   #21
Louisville, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2009
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I would go with a used 14' self bailer, but a brand that has a great warranty, like Aire or NRS (both 10 years). I money isn't really of concern get a new raft with a cadillac of a warranty. I had a small cataraft that I sold for just a little less than I paid for it new (frame and rubber). It was a high quality boat (Aire) with not a hole on it despite having run rocky, shallow western rivers, for 12 years. If you are thinking of running over-nighters, which is probably the easiest way to outgrow a boat, think long and hard about the frame set up and how you'd carry all that stuff. Check out other people's rigs. I LOVE the way my hubby's 14' NRS packs for overnight trips, but my SD Puma is better for hauling people, and can be run as a paddle boat.

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Old 04-20-2012   #22
Western Slope, Colorado
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If you want.

I have a 13 ft Rocky Mtn raft that I bought last year if you wanted to come and look at it and float the lower section of the Gunnison with me sometime. It is not the Ark but might give you an idea of which way to go. It has a NRS fishing frame set up on it. Have not used it as a paddle boat yet.

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