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Old 03-24-2010   #31
Groveland, California
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A Swift Water Rescue/White Water Rescue course would be a wise investment. You will get lots of experience with swimming rapids, self rescue, strainers, boat pin/wrap situations etc., etc., plus they are a blast!!!! Depending on the class, I would imagine your teenage daughter could take it with you. Rescue 3 offers the classes out here, but I think you might have more options than that locally.

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Old 03-26-2010   #32
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Originally Posted by HPMG View Post
I have a Tributary 14 SB and have been quite happy with it, build quality is nice and I am sure it will last me for many years to come. Most importantly it was what I could afford at the time (got a great deal!), and it got me on the water. I believe the Trib models weigh a bit less than the top of the line rafts which might be a plus for you. (Around 120# for the 14' without thwarts I think.) Also, the Tribs have diminished tubes and will have a bit more interior room lengthways compared to the similar sized Aire R series boats.

If it is hard for you and your daughter to get the boat to the water, buying a cheap pneumatic wheeled hand truck, strapping the rolled raft on and rolling it to the water might be an option.

I bet the kids are excited! Have fun!
As a fellow Tributary owner, I have to say its been a great value. I got a 14 SB in 2005 for 2,500 bucks with 6 jackets 7 paddles and a guide stick. It was a demo boat and had only a minor markings from use. The only problems I had were with the thwarts holding air. Aires 5 year warranty upgraded the thwarts free of charge(same ones as the Aire line has) and the boat has been bomber ever since. Lots of room inside for a 14' boat. very stable too. Its light, fast and tracks well compared to other boats Ive used.

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