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Old 04-16-2018   #1
 
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Worth the gamble?

The wife and I are looking for our first raft. We are looking to do mostly class I to light class III in the 4 corners area. Most trips will be the two of us with me at the oars (at most 1 overnight) or day trips with a total of 4 paddlers.
I understand the bucket boat trade offs already however I am interested if this boat will be too tight or unreliable from what you can tell in the ad. Any advice as far as checking her out would be great as well.

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Old 04-16-2018   #2
 
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In my opinion, if you get one season out of it, and the frame and oars for your next rig, it's a great deal--IF it holds air...if it doesn't, it's still not a terrible deal
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The price seems low but, I think you will never keep air in the boat. You could drop a 200 in repairs without thinking twice. The floor will not support. There NO exceptions that the oars and frame will work on a different boat. Boat looks end of life.

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Old 04-16-2018   #4
 
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Well, that's one serious piece of shit raft.

I did have that same NRS frame on my first raft. It's fine for easier rapids. I remember hearing the cracklings of wood as I did harder stuff though. Never broke but it was wearing out.

Oars are too long for that width.

Do what you gotta do but I wouldn't touch it with a 10ft oar.
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Looks like a recipe for disappointment.
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Old 04-16-2018   #6
 
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I wouldn't.
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I would not take it any where you do not want to swim or hike out of.
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Run away from it, fast. You can find much better boats for $500.
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Where's everyones sense of adventure?
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looks fine for class I-II floating. Might consider something better for class III..
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