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Old 05-24-2010   #1
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First raft- is a 13' too small????

Good evening,
I'm looking at a Maravia Esprit 13'. I like the boat and accessories, but i'm a little nervous that the size is a bit small. I want to be able to do all the standard III-IV day runs in the northwest (which it could handle i think), but would also like to use my own boat for 5-7 day trips. Last year i used a 14' on the san juan with one passenger and it worked well. Any input would be really appreciated, especially from any other maravia owners. I have been finding it really difficult to find a good used boat i can afford until this one came along.....


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Old 05-24-2010   #2
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3 days.... lean but comfy w/a passenger.

but i am an idiot, and there is no reason to listen to the likes of me. ever.

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Old 05-24-2010   #3
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Depends on how much you can live without. Can you leave the cooler and camp chairs behind? and filter most of your water? backpacking stove and freeze dried food?

A week can be done in a 13 footer, but the difference between 13 and 14 is huge.

I have an NRS E-136...13'-6" X 6'-5" and it's a bit cozy for a 3-4 day Rogue trip with me and a passenger. It would be plenty for solo trips of 4-6 days
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Old 05-24-2010   #4
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Go for a 15 in my view. I found my 14 NRS to be too tight for multi day trips. 13 would be a regretful purchase.
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Old 05-24-2010   #5
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Personally, I love my superpuma, which is an extra narrow 13'er. It carries plenty of gear, although not as much as a larger boat, obviously. I will say that going back and forth between a larger boat and my boat always makes me feeling like I'm going from a Suburban to a Corvette.
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Originally Posted by mtnkasper View Post
Good evening,
Maravia Esprit 13'. the size is a bit small.
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Old 05-24-2010   #7
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Jennifer brings up a good point. I bought my E136 because it's so much "sportier" than a typical 14 footer. Then I bought a play cat for solo day trips for an even sportier ride. That 13' Maravia is going to be a lot more fun than a 14 on most of your trips. Can you rent on the rare occasions you really need the extra space? Or get an IK for your passenger so you can carry more gear?
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Old 05-24-2010   #8
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I ve done multi-day trips with my 13' and brought everything I needed plus all the kayakers gear/beer as well. Its ideal for the low water conditions we see most of the year around these parts.
"We're gonna need a bigger boat"
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Old 05-24-2010   #9
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Get the 13' Maravia if it is a good price. I have a 13' Tributary that packs everything two people need for a week long trip.
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Old 05-24-2010   #10
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I have a 12 and a 14. I used my 12 footer for a couple of years for overnights and really didn't have a huge problem carrying enough gear. I could support at least four people for weekend trips comfortably carrying all of the gear. If you plan on having passengers on the boat you will probably want to go bigger, though. My 14 is just about the perfect size for a gear boat. However, the little boat is a hoot to paddle raft. Just depends on what you want to do.

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