Originally Posted by marksmac3
I'm looking to purchase an Aire 143 but am having some difficulty deciding between which model to buy. I have been a hard boater for many years but this will be my first foray into the rafting world. I understand that there is a lot more room on the 143R but how much more manuverable is the 143D? I seem to think that more manuverability is definatly worth the loss of space. Help!
I have a 143D (which is listed for sale in the Mountainbuzz classified forum). The bow and stern have more room than the R series due to the diminished tubes on the ends. This is more a factor if you're using it as a paddle raft and not an oar rig. (see pics in my listing, there's a good one from a bird's eye point of view). All the thwarts are moveable or removable.
If you're interested in my boat, I'm willing to ship out west for the full asking price.
Feel free to email me.