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Old 03-30-2012   #1
 
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Mystery Boat - Can you help me Identify?

I found this boat at our local thrift store. It was rolled up nicely with a price of $5. My first thought - cheap patch material. I bought it without even unrolling it. When I got home, I was delighted to find that it was a nice little boat in good condition. There is no information on the boat that could be linked to a brand. There are very small brass valves.
Any guesses?
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Looks like a 2-Man Newco--nylon fabric with neoprene coating.
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I know that boat. It's the one from Jaws right?!
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We had one like and were using it as a beer boat to drag behind the raft about 35 years ago. Our plan was foiled when we pumped it up and left it out of the water and it pop ffffft and went totally flat.
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I think it's a Saturn..
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That's the one chamber type boat commenly sold at Walmart type stores about 10-15+ years ago. Forget the name, but I do remember the eagle county sheriff officer stopping a pair of idiots from putting on the eagle with no pfd's at very high water a few years ago. Hopefully, they're still alive and learned the easy way.
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Thanks for the feedback...
It seems to be old and of a good quality - too nice for Walmart or Saturn - with two chambers and valves are similar to the "Boston" valves style - except they are brass.
Nylon fabric with neoprene coating sounds like the right material - when I first picked it up I thought it was just really old PVC.
We thought it might be a low-end Campways raft.
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Stansport, from the early 80s
My brother and I ran class III in one for a season before we tore the floor out of it.
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Back in the 80's I worked at a shop that sold boats from Avon and Achilles all the way down to Udisco and this type of boat imported by Stansport. Stansport was just the importer from China. The boxes were marked with the Stansport name but I don't think the boat carried any manufacture company name but they were made in China as I recall.
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The brass valves make it either Japanese or Korean, probably from the mid-late 1970s. The manufacturer's data would have been printed on the flap of a little accessory pouch that was attached on the inboard side of the tube, beneath the oarlock. These were made in the days when manufacturers still considered the BIA ratings essential, and it would have been rated as a "two-man" raft.



I built a frame and 5-foot oars for one such raft back in 1984, and my kids learned rowing technique. This photo was taken at the launch site for a John Day trip from Clarno to Cottonwood on the John Day River.
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