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Old 07-10-2013   #11
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Only if you REALLY only plan on class 2.

There are so many friendly class 3's out there I'd rather start with a self bailer (and I'm glad I did!)

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Old 07-10-2013   #12
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Self Bailer all the way. There's a reason they call them bucket boats, because as soon ad u get in real whitewater you better have a designated bucket guy to bail. They are great if you just do Class I-II.

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Old 07-11-2013   #13
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There's also a Saturn on there but this is a better boat.
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 07-11-2013   #14
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I bought a used 14' Vanguard self-bailer from Timberline Tours in Eagle a couple of years ago. Greg (the owner) likes to cycle his gear every two years. Nice boat in good condition. I haven't talked to him since then, so he might/might not have a boat for sale. But I have been happy with my Vgard, takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.
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Old 07-11-2013   #15
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I was at a cross roads too, as AIRE had a used Super Puma that was quite old, then I noticed Lee (The Boat People) had a n.o.s RMR 13' bucket boat - for about the same price as the used AIRE, and I said to myself: what the hell, I'll go the old school route.... and believe me, once I unpacked the RMR boat and saw how bombproof it was, I new I made the right choice.

Now, if I could only sync some good river flows when my crew is around

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