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Old 05-31-2017   #1
 
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10 year old Hyside or 1 year old RMR

I've previously established my newbie status.

I have the chance for 2 rafts, both 13', both self bailing

1) Hyside with about 10 years of use - including some by an outfitter. Being sold by an owner who has had it for 2 years.

2) Rocky Mountain Raft with one season of use by an outfitter. Sold by the outfitter after single season of use.

Price is equivalent.

I'm inclined to go with the newer option. 10 years is a lot of wear and tear.

Thoughts?

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Old 05-31-2017   #2
 
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Close call. I'm curious to see what the group consensus is.
My thinking is; if it's going to be trailered and stored inflated: RMR. If you're going to be deflating and rolling it up a bunch: Hyside.
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Old 05-31-2017   #3
 
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Buy this:
https://denver.craigslist.org/spo/6156085265.html
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Old 05-31-2017   #4
 
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It's (a little) bigger than I want, and more expensive than the other options I'm looking at.

If you're selling by it, PM me and we can talk.
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Old 05-31-2017   #5
 
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I think it depends on the condition of each raft. Hysides are pretty durable, but a decade of use in a commercial outfitting environment is like four or more decades of private use.

I personally would go with the Hyside unless it was totally beat to crap. Despite having just bought an Aire boat, I like Hypalon better then PVC. The RMR rafts hold up pretty well, but even a year of outfitter use can really put some wear and tear on a boat. There is a reason why Aire will do a 10 year no questions asked warranty of their boats for privates but only 3 years for commercial outfitters.
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Old 06-01-2017   #6
 
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Here's the link to the Hyside. (I hope it's oK to post something from the classified section here, if it's not let me know and I'll take it down).

13 ft Hyside Self Bailer - Mountain Buzz Gear Swap

It's this vs a RMR with 1 season of use.
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Old 06-01-2017   #7
 
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Hyside!! Without a doubt, I hear they're going to be selling those RMR rafts at a Wal-Mart near you!


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Old 06-01-2017   #8
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that hyside looks like a heck of a deal. would be hard to pass up.
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Old 06-01-2017   #9
 
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Agree with others. Hyside looks to be a good deal. See it in person and find out if you fall in love with it. If all it has is some typical wear and tear it should be good for a long time. If it has patches or any obvious major issues, then maybe keep looking.

Hyside will weigh just over 100 lbs, while the RMR is around 140.

If I did not already have a 12' and 14' Hyside I would look at that 13' boat. Good deal if it is all it looks to be.
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...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.
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