I am still pretty new to this but am trying to get a boat together by May 27th.
A guy close to me in Utah has a 15 year old (1995) NRS e135 in pretty good shape. The seams do not seem to be pealing at all and he has claimed to have had it inflated for most of its life.
Here is the link the to the add, he is asking 3.000 mostly rigged with four oars.
I am pretty open to just buying a brand new PVC Rocky Mountain 14 footer as I just got off the river with an antire fleet of RMR rafts and they seem to be a pretty good value. However if I purchased a new one for around 2.500 i would still need to source 4 oars, frame and dry box (I have a cooler).
Option 3 is buy a 14 foot cat as there are a few on the classifieds for good value; there is an orange Sotar 14 foot that is pretty sexy asking price 4.000
14FT Sotar elite cataraft package - Mountain Buzz Gear Swap
I know that cats are not ideal and I am particularly fond of the round boat due to the fact that one day I will want to take my nephews on a trip and it just seems that there isn't allot of room for gear and passengers on the 14' cat.
With all that being said I am mostly looking on input on the 15 year old boat. This age kind of scares me however I have seen 20 + year old rikken rafts out there that still seem to be floating just fine.
Thanks for reading!