Originally Posted by MOJO
New to rafting been saving my pennies for a self bailing set up but come across a Achilles 14 foot hyplon rigged bucket boat. How often do you really need to bail water out? I understand in big water situations you have no choice but would it be worth it getting a good deal or hold out for the self bailing option?
What rivers are you planning on running?
Buckets can be great for many multi-day runs when you have passengers and if you principally boat during the summer. They are less ideal for continuous whitewater (i.e. not pool drop), solo trips or kid passengers, etc.
I love my bucket but would not want to bring it down some rivers, say like the Virgin when it flows. But it has been a great beast to own.