I've had a bunch of them. Two 14 Hurricane SB, a 16 Big Dipper SB, a Sport Bug 14.5, a 15 Ft Cat,and now a Big Dipper 15.5.
First I found used and sold it to a buddy a year later. He put it thru Hell and it finally blew after 10 years hard use- Poudre 2 or 3 x Week, inflated HARD, lived in the direct sun all summer. When it did blow, it owed him nothing and he bought another.
Based on my experience with the first one I bought the new 14 and 16 in 1996. I sold the 14 after 12 years as I never used a 14 ft boat, but had plenty of friends to borrow it or row it for me. I got tired of being the unpaid outfitter so I sold it.
The 16 "Big Red" was my favorite all time boat, a full 8 inches wider inside than the 14 footer. Handled very well, rowed easy, hauled a ton of gear, had a very solid, secure feeling in big water due to the size. Alas, it was one of the mid-90s era boats with bad glue and black chafe pads on top of the tubes. Black was bad- too much heat on the seams underneath. It developed a bad seam in 1998, I retired it and bought a new 15.5 ft Big Dipper. Good boat, good floor, but I wish it had the size of the old 16ft boat. The new one is 6 inches narrower inside the tubes- doesn't sound like much, but it is. The Sport Bug I used on Lake Granby with a motor as a runabout/dinghy/exploration craft for my sailboat and was one of the most fun and practical boats I've ever owned. I ruined it by cleaning with Westley's Bleach White (tire cleaner) for several years in a row. It basically rotted the PVC fabric.
Friends, never use any chemical on a PVC boat other than 303!
I also had the cat, which is the one boat I would loan to a novice or I would use myself if in doubt about my abilities on a new run. Extremely stable, huge decks, lots of gear capacity, a bit of a slug to row. The Stars allowed me to own up to 3 boats at a time for about the price of one Avon. I introduced many good people to river running, outfitted lots of trips myself, and had a wonderful time doing it. My thoughts? Buy a Star, plan on it lasting 15 years. Use It! Use It Up! Wear It Out! After 15 years you might want something bigger, smaller, motorized, whatever.
Don't Wanna Die Askin' for Another Chance