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Old 03-02-2013   #1
 
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15' Rafts in Colorado?

So I've pretty much decided to go with a raft over a JPW Royal Flush cat. I'm curious if a 15' boat is too much to own in Colorado for a single boat household. I'd like a boat that I can day run in the state with but also support multi-day deso-gray type trips with 3-4 people. I'm also drawn to the diminishing tube concept as I like the wave punching ability and more spirited ride for the passengers. This will be my first non-kayak.

Boats I'm considering:

Diminishing:
Sotar SL 15' x 7'4", 23"-16" tubes, 16" rise
Maravia Zephyr 15' x 7', 21"-16" tubes, 16" rise
NRS E-152 Cheyenne 15'2" x 7', 20"-18" tubes, 11" rise

Non-diminishing:
Sotar ST 15' x 7', 21" tubes, 12" rise
Maravia Williwaw 1.5 15' x 7', 21" tubes, 12" rise
NRS E-150 15' x 7', 20" tubes, 9" Rise
Hyside Pro 14.8 14'9" x 6'4", 20" tubes, 10" rise
Hyside Pro 15 15' x 7', 21" tubes, 11" rise

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Maravia Willys rock. My rafting buddy has a Willy 1.5 and a Willy 2. Loves them. Can't go wrong with Maravia products.
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I had a 14' Maravia and now row a 15' Sotar ST. I am still surprised by how similiar they feel on the water with respect to maneuverability, and size yet the ST holds more gear easily. I would take either boat down the same rivers (CO, Ark, Blue etc...) at boatable flows.
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3-4 people on a 15' raft for multidays is going to be way (imo) too tight. If you go diminishing tubes you'll sacrifice flotation, and thus boat capacity/handling when heavily loaded. I don't know about a 16' boat in co, but I think that is what is needed for 3-4 people multidays
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I have a 14' raft that's great for the yampa green and colorado but I'd really like something smaller for day trips on the ark clear creek poudre &c
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sounds like you need two boats a 13 footer and a 16 footer, self-bailing for sure.
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There was a similar thread just last week about 15ft. VS 16 ft. rafts in Co.
Go to forums.....click on Gear Talk.....look for the "Compare Aire 156D vs Aire Trib 16.0 SB" thread. A little different boat brands, but similar questions & info.
As others have pointed out, there may not be "a perfect boat" for every situation. That's why I just added another boat to my fleet. Good luck with your search.
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sounds like you need two boats a 13 footer and a 16 footer, self-bailing for sure.
Thought about doing two RMRs but would have to store two and need to deal with multiple frames, oars, configs. Really want to stick to one for now. Was really hoping a 15' would work around here as I'd rather spend the $$$ on one all-around high quality boat set-up.
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Add in the Maravia Cyclone. 15' x 7', diminished front 21"-16" with non-diminished rear.

Party up front, business in the back.
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My 14' easily carries 3 peeps including myself, for 7 day trips with plenty of group gear. 4 would be pushing it. A 15-15'6" should work well.
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