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Old 01-27-2016   #1
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DownRiverEquipment Vs. River Boatworks

I am looking to get a nice fishing rig set up for this season and was curious if anyone had any comparison on DRE vs. River Boatworks. They seem to both make an extremely similar product, but Riverboat Works seems to give a much better deal on their overall package.

Any advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated, as I am just a beginner in the raft world. I was thinking of pairing the frame with a 13 RMR w/ dropstitch flooring. If this was the case, I would not get the two casting platforms.


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Old 01-27-2016   #2
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Pair it with a nice chianti, you'll be pleased.

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Old 01-27-2016   #3
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I have a 2016 13' RMR with dropstitch on the way, I will be turning it into a fishing package. I haven't had one out on the water yet but am looking forward to trying it out after the recent changes. It should be pretty deluxe when its all finished.
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Old 01-27-2016   #4
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You live in Denver- support your local boat shop. That relationship will pay back in spades, and it's right in your back yard.

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Old 01-27-2016   #5
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I don't know anything about River Boat Works, but I can't say a single negative thing about DRE! Every thing I have asked, regardless of stupidity, has been happily answered! Matt, Zak, Phil, Ron, they all are knowledgeable and helpful. Now they do try to sell things, but only what they think I need, never pressured, or extra, just thoughtful questions to make sure I know what I need to to have the most fun! If you can support them, please do, it's great having them around. If you show up now, they will spend hours with you as it's slow season in sales, busy in frame building. I took a boat in last week and had them blow it up, inspect, adjust frame width and offer lots of advice! Can't say enough good things about them!
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Old 01-27-2016   #6
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Thanks for all the info so far guys!

Due to the fact that I am a recent college graduate, I am struggling to think that the set-up at DRE would cost about $1000 compared to Riverboats. I have been into the DRE shop before and agree that the staff is amazing, very friendly and willing to answer any questions I have.

Has anyone has any experience with Riverboat Works?
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Old 01-27-2016   #7
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I've owned frames from both and have heard both companies speak well about the other. Both are quality products and class acts. A day of your time and gas, or shipping should be worth $100. Is the same product really more than $100 higher at DRE? If so, and if it's not a RBW sale, try calling DRE and asking them to match, or come closer to the price.
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Old 01-27-2016   #8
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Same exact product seems to be at least 500-1000 more at DRE. At Riverboat they will give you the deluxe frame (with two rod holders) and all the goodies, oars, a kick ass cooler for about 7500 (13ft RMR). At DRE it would easily cost above 8k.
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Old 01-27-2016   #9
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After doing some more research on it all, it doesn't seem to be that large of a difference. It's confusing bc they show you everything in the pictures, but don't actually include them in the package.
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Old 01-27-2016   #10
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RBW is conveniently located in the heart of the Upper Ark. I just picked up a new frame from them myself. My experience with them is that they stand by their stuff forever and will likely attend to something passing through on a trailer right away. And they can often get a new frame out in a day or two (No not a fishing rig). Kurt and Carter have more than a few miles under their boat, and together they have less than Ron, so the experience is there. Heavy emphasis on the fishing side of AHRA too.

But I live and play here so it's a no-brainer since they are reputable. I'm sure the same goes for DRE, I stop in occasionally on my way to/from the big D.

For that investment I'd just go visit them both and shop with the guys that you're most comfortable with, you can't go wrong either way.

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