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Old 08-14-2009   #1
 
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Best time to buy a raft???

Finally getting back into rafting and are also finally ready to get our own raft....so any recommendations on when the best time is to buy? Fall, or spring? Is it the difference in timing going to be between the best deals vs best selection?

We are on a tight budget (who isn't!), and are looking for something for our family...mostly floater rivers for now (up to class III) with option for more fun as the kids are ready for it...

Any suggestions?
Thanks!

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Old 08-14-2009   #2
 
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My two cents:

Los dos centados mios:

If you're looking to buy a used rental/demo raft from a shop: now is the best time, as you'll find some stores selling their demos, ie:
https://www.mountainbuzz.com/swap/sho...?product=13754

If you're looking to buy new raft from a shop: now is probably the best time, some decent end of year/inventory reduction sales happening

If you're looking to buy used from a private party - right now there is a good selection of used rafts - but if you wait another few months when demand is at it's lowest - you can likely find better deals, sellers more willing to drop the price. Especially if the economy stays the way it is or worsens - there could be more people looking to sell for cheap prices.

Side note: CKS (link above) has a demo 9.5 NRS Otter SB raft for sale for $1200. A small boat but tons of fun and a good price.

Cheers!
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More important than time is pacience. Do some research and find out what you want your boat for and then figure out what boat is ideal to accomplish your intented activities( the buzz can be a great resource for this).

Once you figure out the boat you want be on the lookout for one at a good price. If you know what you want soon it should be possible to find something this winter to be used next summer.

Pacience is key
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Old 08-14-2009   #4
 
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Well...

Kinda last minute but SOTAR is having a killer sale right now.
However it ends tomorrow. 15-35% off Boats.

Gosh, all this talk about boats, makes me want another one.
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More important than time is pacience. Do some research and find out what you want your boat for and then figure out what boat is ideal to accomplish your intented activities( the buzz can be a great resource for this).

Once you figure out the boat you want be on the lookout for one at a good price. If you know what you want soon it should be possible to find something this winter to be used next summer.

Pacience is key
That is good advice.
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Patience,
I had my eye on a boat for two or three years before the PO was ready (hungry enough) to sell. In the mean time I bought a pos leaker off of craigs list to float. these things will last years if properly taken care of, don't rush into anything.
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one more thing......

These are all great points, thanks!

That being said, we have been bouncing around the idea of whether or not to go 'cheaper' on the boat (for now, since the kids are young and the water will be small) and put more into the 'accessories' that we can upgrade the boat to work with later vs....... waiting till we can spend a little more on a longterm keeper from the getgo.....

Any input on that idea?
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