Hey everyone, so i'm still searching for a smaller raft, 12 footish, and would like to buy hypalon just because that is what I have used forever. I like the 21inch tubes of the NRS 14 footer, and thought that I might be able to find a smaller 11-12 foot boat with big tubes on it made out of hypalon but learned that other than avon (which I can't afford and don't wan't the weight) 18'' is as big as I can go. With that said, I stumbled onto Sotar's website just to check them out and saw that you can get 19's on a smaller boat and can get a custom rig, which I could potentially push to 21'' tubes. Maybe I am crazy and this is stupid of me to want to do? I dont know. Looking for advice. Anyways, I am super interested in the Sotar boats, and know they are a bit expensive but I could get exactly what I want and it sounds like they handle great. BUT, the downside I hear is the maintenance/care issues. I would have some room in my garage to leave the boat unrolled and partially deflated in the winter, but what I am more worried about is repair issues.
1. I know they're pretty tough, but if I were ever to spring a leak on the river, how difficult is it for repair to be done? I know hypalon is super easy, and am dreaming if I think they could be close, but how bad is it really?
2. And finally, possibly my dumbest question is, if needed, could I roll (haha?) this boat up to throw in the back of my truck or does it have to be on a flatbed for transport to the put in?
3. Is there such a thing as an 11-12 foot hypalon boat with 20-21 inch tubes?
4. People's overall impression of Sotar boats?
Probly dumb questions, sorry, just thought I would ask. Thanks a ton in advance