Originally Posted by theBoatPeople
Is the floor on the Outlaw rafts really only 4” thick as the NRS specs show? The question I’ve had, given that a fourteen foot raft fully loaded with 1200 to 1400 pounds can draft a good six inches, would be how you wouldn’t have water above the top of the floor constantly? High pressure or not, a self bailer only functions by having it’s floor top higher than the water level outside the boat. The NRS tandem Outlaw kayak has a definite problem this way. Maybe the floors are 6” or 8” thick now and they forgot to change the specs on their site?
I haven't read the entire thread yet, but this concern is 100% real.
I own a 13 foot RMR, and last year I ran the Grand and one of the boats was a 14 foot outlaw. The heavily loaded outlaw always had water over the floor level. It still bailed fine but only down to the partially covered level. Maybe not a huge deal... but if you want to top up your floor you can't have that water on there.
I thought that overall the outlaw quality was very good, and I feel the same about the RMR. My main knock on the RMR is that it seems sluggish to paddle in a straight line compared to something like a hyside.
I would think that an RMR with a 6" drop stitch floor (is that even an option, would alleviate all those issues.
For the record, I also think very highly of NRS boats, and if money was no object I would be buying a 15 or 16 foot diminishing tube NRS as my new boat.
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