Originally Posted by restrac2000
But as I boat more one thing stands out to me......these are heavy beasts.
2 weeks ago a guy with a 13 foot RMR (I think 13ft, pretty sure it was smaller than my 14 footer) rolled up to the put in as we were about to push off. I asked to take a look as I've never laid hands on one yet.
I offered for us to help him get it off the trailer into the water (he had a high trailer so he couldn't back it in far enough to get it IN water). We had 4 men each grab a side handle and my first though was it must still be strapped down....NOPE. The thing was CRAZY HEAVY. Even when the bow of the boat was in the water and just two of us left on handles, the two of us could barely get the boat off without sliding along his trailer.
Granted I normally run a 14ft revo, which two of us can easily carry into the water. But I also have a 14ft 1981 hyside-which I used to think was bad, yet 2 guys and my gf can (and do) carry into the water (I do not trailer unless with others).
Otherwise, the build seems good, nothing glaringly deficient although he didn't seem to have confidence in the thing. When I asked if there was anything he didn't like or had any problems he said "WHY!?!? Have you heard bad things??" Me: "No, just wondering as they are pretty new and I have never met anyone who had one". Then he was all "do you think this thing will make it through silo (a rapid) ok?"...and "well it's all I could afford" etc...I felt like he thought I was trashing it, but I certainly wasn't, but someone has given him a complex over it.
Anyways. I had at one time considered one and the build seemed good enough to consider. BUT the weight was such a factor that my mind was made up that there was no way I would deal with that cumbersome of a boat. It seemed to draft REALLY low too>surely a function of the weight and the smaller size boat-but it definitely seemed a little extreme at first look.
I might consider one if I: Trailered, Stored inflated, was strapped on cash and well didn't already own 5 boats...
I would like to take a look at their duckies if the price is right.