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Old 03-30-2016   #41
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The Saturn is starting to look better every day.

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Old 03-30-2016   #42
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14' WING Inflatables Whitewater Raft

AIRE is good, Sotar is ok, but nothing beats a Wing. Rumor has it Bill Wing would cut cookies in his truck with a boat dragging behind to show their 44oz materials toughness. I have personally seen one fly off a trailer on I-5 @70mph and only has a slight surface scuff that can be seen at the right angle. A little extra character but zero damage. There is a reason the Navy contracted them. After 13 years, that boat only has the scuff and about 6" of I-beam separation in the rear of the floor. Now it just makes a better foot hold. In that time there have been well over 10 trips to Sotar for repairs.

If you're interested, I would ask for the year it was made in the serial number and start the bartering low, because it looks like an older model.

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Old 04-12-2016   #43
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Kudos to whomever put this article together.

One of the better reads I've found on the interhighway.

Raft Construction — River Rafting | Whitewater | Seattle | Bellingham
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Old 04-12-2016   #44
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interesting read.

but maybe i am biased, i own a maravia and a sotar.

but, i am on my 14th season with my maravia cat, not one patch on it. i was even asked about my "new" boat last season after i washed it.
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Old 04-12-2016   #45
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In 23 years the floor of my 15 1/2' Aire has never had more than a quart or two of water in it. You folks need to pump your floors tighter or something.

I have used it in lots of IV and V water, some very shallow and rocky. It is holding up well.

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