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Old 05-24-2014   #1
Oregon City, Oregon
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14' sotar elite info

Howdy I am pretty new to this area but I had a few questions about sotar or other poly rafts I recently bought a used guide raft that is a sotar 14' elite but i am having a hard time finding info about it first of all it has a drop stitch foor in it and all the other sotars I have seen have ribbed floors so I was wondering if this is normal, it is supposed to be a early to mid 2000's also it has halkey roberts valves but they are deeper than any i have seen and my adapter does not work on them (i just use them like military valves using a piece of hose ) I have used stabond for pvc and hypalon but it looks like maybe I am not supposed to use it on poly for my repair kit, also does tear aide work as good on poly as it does on pvc..... anyway this forum is awesome and there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here so if anyone can help me with these questions that would be great thanks

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Old 05-25-2014   #2
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Sotar offers a drop stitch option on stock raft sizes. I've heard it's from the same source that Maravia uses. If that is the case, your floor is PVC and your boat is urethane. Be sure your patch kit can handle both materials.

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Old 05-25-2014   #3
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Call Sotar

Find the serial number on the boat and call Sotar. They'll tell you when it was built, what model it is, what fabric is on the tubes and floor, what kind of valves it has and what kind of glue you should be using.
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Old 05-25-2014   #4
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I can't seem to find a serial number anywhere
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Old 05-25-2014   #5
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Look for this seal and the serial number is on it Sotar does a great job with customer service give them a call.\
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Old 05-25-2014   #6
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I don't think they've used Halkey-Roberts valves for a long time, and drop-stitch floors were on some of the early Sotars. You may have a vintage boat!
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Old 06-01-2014   #7
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Give us a call at 1-800-GO-SOTAR. We'll help you find your serial number and pull the manufacturing data. We no longer use the Halkey-Roberts valves. H-R discontinued the older style and stopped making parts for them so they are a precious commodity for the vintage boats. We do have a small supply of fully functional valves if you ever need to replace one. They screw in and out. The cups for the old and new H-R valves are a different thread and depth so they aren't interchangeable.
Your Boat is Urethane and your floor is PVC. Take heed of the recommendation to carry both repair materials and glues in your patch kit. SOTAR hasn't fabricated the drop stitch style floors in a about 15 years. Our welded I beam (WIB) has proven to be much more durable. That said we do import a few sizes of the DS floors for best value replacements on older boats.
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Old 06-01-2014   #8
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14' sotar elite info

Ok thanks for the info seems maybe a little older than I thought but it is in pretty good shape so I think i would still rather have a older well made boat than a newer cheaper made one anyway maybe ill just need a few more things in my patch kit i think staybond will work for both urethane and pvc anyway and thanks again for the info

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