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Old 09-21-2015   #1
SLC, Utah
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16' RMR price range?

A used 2013 Rocky Mountain raft has popped up in my area, 16 ft. The owner is asking $2,200 with a frame and Carlisle oars. I'm not interested in the frame. If he is interested in selling the raft by itself what would you guys consider a fair price to be? Assuming its all in good shape of course.

My wife's family has taken me on a few trips and I've got the bug now. They typically rent boats, but I'm the kind that likes to tinker with my own stuff. Just looking for a reasonably inexpensive starter boat while I figure out what I like.

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Old 09-21-2015   #2
Grand Junction, Colorado
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thats not a bad price as long as it doesnt have any patches 16 foot is alot of boat for a starter but hey whatever floats your boat lol

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Old 09-21-2015   #3
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Is it a lot of boat? All I've really been in are the Aire boats that are just shy of 16 feet. I've been reading that 14-16 is kind of the sweet spot for multi day stuff. It'll be my wife and I, our son when he gets a little older, our two dogs or a passenger occasionally.
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Old 09-21-2015   #4
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Can't speak about the boat or price, but don't dismiss a 16' boat. I bought my one and only raft 3 years ago and it is a 156D Aire raft. It is big but I have three kids and a dog and it feels just right when everyone is on board. It also gives my confidence about hitting stuff with the kids. My dream is to run the permitted rivers so that's why I bought what I did. At this point I could only dream about having multiple boats so I bought the boat that can takes us on the big long floats.

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Old 09-21-2015   #5
Eagle, Colorado
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Wait until January and you could probably get a new 2014 for $2300
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Old 09-21-2015   #6
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Why are you not interested in the frame if you're just getting started? Material? Setup? Would you be getting 2 oars or 3? Trying to better gauge the deal.
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Old 09-21-2015   #7
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If it's got no patches or other major wear, then I think it's priced pretty well. Without the extras, paying 2000 for the boat alone would still be a grand cheaper than retail on a new one, which I think is pretty good for something 2 years old. 1800 would be a great deal. Of course at those prices the frame and oars it comes with wouldn't be much of a stretch, and you'd have what you need to get on the water. But if you contact a couple places you can probably find a new previous year model for just a couple hundred more.
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Old 09-21-2015   #8
SLC, Utah
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The frame was a home built deal, appears to be welded steel and plywood. Just looked bulky and quite heavy. No real adjustment, everything was welded where he liked it. When we've gone on our trips I liked the way the NRS style frames stacked up so easily on the trailer and were easy to move. Two oars, which I'd probably buy if he'd be willing to part out the package.
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Old 11-15-2015   #9
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Yes he would sell it for 1800 by itself. with no gear. There is no patches.
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16' isn't too much boat. It will give you some confidence with the fam and with an oar setup will give everyone enough space.

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