Originally Posted by pzemach
I'm looking to buy a used 14 foot raft. I found a Sotar in CA and I'm wondering shuold I buy it (and pay shipping costs). What do you all think of Sotars? I would use the raft as a paddle boat for day trips on the Lower Animas and as an oar boat for multi day trips. And if any of you know of used rafts for sale near Durango, let me know!
We used a couple of 14' sotars in Alaska, where I guided for a season. We used them on multiple day trips, but one in particular stands out. The boat is amazingly manuverable, punches through holes o.k., but on the Matinuska we realized how poorly a self-bailing 14' Sotar released its cargo. A couple other trips followed suit. I have not floated the Animas, but if you are going to be in a mine field you might want to bring a bucket. I have a 14' NRS Otter, HOLYSHIt! Extemely stable, bombproof, slender for the close quarters and more than exciting on the bigH2O. Oh, and also important, if you can get pro-deal, you should pay around $600 less. It may be a little different, I got mine around 3yrs. ago. Just my opinion.