Choice on new raft purchase
So what a hard life...the million dollar questions, whats the next raft purchase. Recently I was given permission to start looking for a new raft this season. Our goals and objectives have changed as with our new perspective of how what we are looking for out of a raft.
Currently we own a Hyside Mini Me with a Riverboat works frame and a 14SB Saturn (not looking for a any comments about the boat just stating what we have, and to answer the question which one we are going to get rid of, it will be the saturn. It has served us well and got us back on the river. We have started taking our neices and nephews on the river and now that we are starting to get above class III with them the entrapment issue are become more prounounced to myself. Maybe is my old age or that its not my drunk high school buddy that could be held under in the raft but I am not whilling to have that risk with them. Like I said above not trying to start a whole other thread on this just giving the back story...)
So the boat in question:
RM 12 Footer with frame
What we are looking for: a raft that can be R2 on some tight creeking and can be rowed on some smaller tight river with a frame. A raft that can be fun with a 4 -5 adult paddle crew and could do some overnights with backpacking style if we were getting adventerous.
I have always wanted a Puma due to reputation, design warranty, but I am worried it will be two much like the mini me. If it can do it all great but I think it might be two small. So the Super Puma came up...but then I dont have a frame setup that will fit on it so the price starts to get up there when you talk about adding a frame. Then I saw the deal on the RM winter deals with boat and frame. I saw the new RM raft and last years Gauley Fest and was impressed but have never been able to raft them. The Puma line is tried and true, so those of you that have rafted both what are your thought. Obviously I understand they are different type of design and bladder system and all that but how do the RM hold up to the hysides or tributary. They also have a decent warranty for the price.
Just to add we will be using this on rivers in the east this spring, upper lower yough, new, gauley, french broad ocoee, chattooga and then plans of relocating to the west in the spring. Were to in the west depends on were my wife and I get relocated for work so thats all up in the air.
Thanks long post but thanks for all the input