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Old 03-03-2015   #21
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Yep, I like my Diablo very much. It handles quick and punches hard. Built like a tank but not too overly heavy. The cons are in the cargo carrying. The tapered lines of this diminishing tube design reduces floor space in the bow and stern. It is this same design feature however that allows it to pivot like a dream and punch waves so well. The Diablo is only 35 inches between the tubes so it's a bit narrow for some of the standard size dry boxes on the market. So if you are hauling a ton of river sh@@ get the Williwa. The high kick to the Diablo bow and stern also contribute to the awesome handling but there is one draw back there also. If you want to run as a paddle boat ever, The guide position is very high off the water and calls for a really very long guide paddle. I don't ever do this so not an issue for me. Overall I find it fits my needs perfectly and have yet to see another boat that I believe is better for my style of boating. I'm a huge fan of Maravia.

From NWR Boat Reviews: Maravia uses a PVC base fabric and encapsulates it in thick polyurethane - an awesome combination. They look beautiful and are absolutely bomber but are a bit heavy and tough to roll. You'll rarely ever see a Maravia with a patch. Ten year warranty on boats for personal use and five year warranty for commercial boats. Maravia rafts are all made in Boise, Idaho.

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Old 03-03-2015   #22
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Originally Posted by Whetstone View Post
Overall I find it fits my needs perfectly and have yet to see another boat that I believe is better for my style of boating. I'm a huge fan of Maravia.
........ Maravia rafts are all made in Boise, Idaho.
My Willi 2 is close to 25 years old with many, many low water MFS trips on it. Finally had to replace the floor a couple of years ago and I upgraded the valves to C7s so I know Kyle pretty well by now. Great crew over there and I love being able to drop it and pick it up myself.

I am also a huge fan.

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Old 03-03-2015   #23
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you will need to spend another several grand for oarlocks ,coolers,umbrellas, frame, and trailer. " cayo 2"

If your intentions are to paddle raft since you didn't mention rowing the boat.
Get two Hyside Mini Maxes! That is a total of 3/9 of your best friends get a awesome ride in any class 3 and up.
Hyside is Hypalon
No trailer needed

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