Originally Posted by EH_82070
but I wanted to ask for specific information about raft performance. I donít want to know about raft longevity/quality or cost but pure speed and maneuverability.
The design decisions that promote speed typically lower maneuverability and vice-versa. What end of the compromise do you seek?
The most nimble rafts I've been around were the Sotar SL series and Aire D series. I'm not sure if Maravia has an equivalent or not. I think the fabric has a better cut in the diminishing tubes (tapered cones joined together rather than cylinders joined at a mitered corner) which gives them a bit better glide, too.
My friend has a 14' RMR and it is pretty boxy. My Aire Trib 13.0 is somewhat inbetween the really boxy round boats and the diminishing tube boats.
Dropstitch or other similar flat floors (Aire's sealed pocket floor) are both faster and quicker than rafts with Ibeam floors (or Aire's open pocket floor). My old Maravia with the dropstitch floor was a lot more maneuverable and faster than my current Aire 156R with the open pocket floor. If my Aire had the sealed floor, I think it would give the Maravia a good run for its money.