Originally Posted by Electric-Mayhem
...a decade of use in a commercial outfitting environment is like four or more decades of private use.
While I agree with you that commercial rafts see more use, I don't really agree with the above statement. There are absolutely old, tired, used-and-abused falling apart commercial boats out there, but more often than not, I think, commercial boats get taken out every day, put away in a nice dry, shady home, stored inflated, etc, etc. Many private boats are driven by novice boaters (read: running into crap all day), without adequate facilities (read: stored rolled, outside, in sun, in water, etc).
Anyway, I guess I agree that commercial boats usually get way more
use, but not necessarily worse
use. I liken it to trucks: If I go buy a 5 year old F-250 from some dope who modded it out, drove the hell out of it for 120,000 miles, and got the oil changed twice I'll be WAY worse off than if I buy a 300,000 mile, 10 y.o. truck that was driven by a business that did oil changes every 5000 miles without fail, did the full maintenance, etc.
Just depends on the boat and the user.