This will be my first summer in 6 years not working on the river, so its time to get my own setup. Unfortunately I still live on a rafting guide's budget, so a nice new setup isn't really an option. I live in Durango, and am looking for something around 14 ft. Just big enough to run things like Cataract, Westwater, Yampa, etc, but small enough for smaller rivers and town runs on the Animas.
This guy has this boat listed on CL in the Phoenix area. He says its about 10 years old. The frame doesn't look like the greatest for multi-days, the cooler looks cheap, and it has no thwarts. Also, I have not heard very good reviews about Star rafts. Certainly don't see them in commercial use. He says it was always stored inside rolled, but 10 year old glued PVC scares me a bit.
I may be able to get him down on price, but still wondering if you guys think it would be worth it. I'm leaning towards holding out and saving to buy a good hypalon setup that would last forever, but getting the itch bad to be on the river, and I'll be working as a wildland firefighter instead of a guide this year. Here is the link to the ad: