Another "what raft to get" thread
I've been stalking this site for a few weeks and I am still overwhelmed at buying a raft. Here is what I will likely be doing:
Mostly day trips on the lower salmon but could do a few overnighter (probably not longer than 3 days. I will probably need to row as there are only 3 people in my family to include a 12 yo. But I would like to ability to take 6-8 paddlers on day trips. Most of my experience has been with IK's but I have rowed a the Owyhee several times and paddled the Blackfoot.
So other than the usual suspects (NRS, Aire, Maravia, Riken) are there any other to consider? I will be buying used.
What size of raft will accommodate me the best? Right now I'm leaning toward a 14'. I want a self bailer for sure.
When I was in the Marines I tested aircraft life support systems which included rafts (they were hypalon and made by Avon if I remember) so I have a good idea of what to look for as far as serviceability goes. Some of those rafts had been folded up and in service for over 30 years and showed no signs of rot or delamination.
Anyway all advice is welcome. And I live in central idaho so if anyone has leads on any that would be welcome to.