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Old 11-28-2016   #1
 
Creede, Colorado
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RAFT Recommendations

My family is new to S CO and we are looking for recommendations on a quality raft for a family of six.
We will likely do day trips, occasional overnight camp 2-3 nights and light fishing.
I've canoed and kayaked my whole life, but am new to rafting.
THanks for any advice,
jw

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Old 11-28-2016   #2
 
Grand Junction, Colorado
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First thought was a 16 ft may be tight but should work

However you would definitely be more comfortable in an 18 ft. You can't go wrong with Avon, AIRE, Hyside, Maravia, NRS, SOTAR.
JPW is quality and in your neck of the woods but idk if they make 18 ft rafts.

You're looking at well over 10K to get everything you need new. You may be able to find a GC worthy used rig for around 5K - and from now to early march ''tis the season to find a good deal.
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Old 11-28-2016   #3
 
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Looks like cschmidt and I posted the same time but....

Well don't get anything shorter than 16ft, for sure.

Probably 18ft be best for all those people and gear.

Always buy for it's largest task. So six people out for several days. That's a damn big load for one raft on a multi day.

I'd get a Hyside Pro but the sticker price on the window might make you cry...or not.

You might want to state your budget so you don't get a bunch of useless suggestions too.
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If you got another semi competent rower (or someone with potential) you might consider 2 smaller rafts over a larger raft. Would be more money sure but you got some built in redundancy for safety and a smaller raft if only half your family wants to come out some days; lugging an 18' raft with 3 people is a tall order. A 14-15 not as much


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If you got another semi competent rower (or someone with potential) you might consider 2 smaller rafts over a larger raft. Would be more money sure but you got some built in redundancy for safety and a smaller raft if only half your family wants to come out some days; lugging an 18' raft with 3 people is a tall order. A 14-15 not as much


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I have no boat recommendations but will say if you decide to do this The Boat People will give you a significant discount for purchasing more than one boat.
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Old 11-28-2016   #6
 
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Augmenting a raft with one or more IKs is something I've thought about as kids get older and more independent. Seems like 18 is pretty big for a lot of CO rivers. I'm new to it all with a family of four and a 14er, and thinking of ways to stretch the boat for longer (now hypothetical) trips. Cheers.
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If you got another semi competent rower (or someone with potential) you might consider 2 smaller rafts over a larger raft. Would be more money sure but you got some built in redundancy for safety and a smaller raft if only half your family wants to come out some days; lugging an 18' raft with 3 people is a tall order. A 14-15 not as much


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I 2nd that thought. Depending on ages of family members one could be paddle raft and one gear boat
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Old 11-28-2016   #8
 
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An 18 is big, but it's not "too big" for CO. It will be much roomier for the whole family. Sure you will want a trailer you can sink, but you will want that for a loaded 15 or 16 too (unless your family is chock full of big/burly athlete types)

I do like the idea of a raft (15/16) plus a ducky or 2. Another good option like bighorn said would be a paddle raft and an oar rig. You could get a 10.5-12 and a 14/15 that way.
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Old 11-28-2016   #9
 
Creede, Colorado
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Thanks for all the feedback. I really like the NRS E160, but after all accessories I may go another route. My family is young, no burly athletes, however my 5 yo just did 11 push-ups with good form. Any more advice is appreciated!!
Thanks again everyone,
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18 foot marivia bucket boat in grand junction at the consignment store called the gear junction for 750
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