So, since I know I'm going to get this, I did look at this post here: Achilles Raft Thoughts?
I want to buy a new 14' raft for fishing the Deschutes and some coastal rivers. It comes down to two models - the NRS E-142 and the Achilles 14' SB. I'm getting quoted about $3200 for the Achilles, $5000 for the E-142. (Gulp).
I want a raft that I can drag over rocks if needed single-soldier and will be a 20-30 year boat. It won't be garaged, unfortunately. From what I can gather, this comes down to a PVC vs Hypalon type discussion between these two brands:
Not responsive, slow
Soft sides (hard to stand up in for fishing)
Fabric is the most durable
Good return policy from Achilles
(does it weather well outside? Will I need to cover it with w a tarp in summer as well as aerospace protectant?)
Stiffer, rows better
Does anyone have any input on which model they've found best? Am I right in thinking that the pros of the E-142 don't outweight that high expense? And will Hypalon be able to handle being ungaraged in summer?