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Old 01-24-2016   #1
Roanoke, Virginia
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Hyside Rio Bravo

I have an opportunity to purchase a 10' Rio Bravo really cheap, for something like $500. I can not find much information on this boat. The guy says it's like a Puma, though supposedly made by Hyside (no info on their website about it). He has it stored away for winter, so I won't be seeing it before I travel in April or May. I am kind of wondering what the specs are. I know it's ten foot, but other than that, anyone know what tube diameter and rocker height are? I was told it has a three-foot rocker? Sounds a bit high to me. Also, is it good for fishing and Class IV rapids? How high off the water is it? I've used Puma before, and I've had no problem with those.

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Old 01-24-2016   #2
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We had a bunch of those at the outfit I worked on the kern. We used them as low water boats. They are narrower, might be close to a 3 foot kick. fun boats that's for sure and for 500$? As long as the rubber is good buy it!
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Old 01-25-2016   #3
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Sounds like an original Mini max. Good design, poor execution and build quality. I would recommend doing some research regarding the old Rio bravo line from Hyside before committing. From what I recall the rubber is not as tough as the standard Hyside 1680 denier, and they had some QC problems. It could be a decent deal if the boat is in good shape...
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Old 01-25-2016   #4
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Had one of those rafts put 3 holes in it over the course of 5 trips and sold it. Really bad experience.
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Old 01-25-2016   #5
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I have a 14' Hyside RB that I bought new, it has had one hole that happened when the boat was not on the water. The seams are ugly with glue but nothing has fallen apart on it, as long as the baffles aren't blown and the seams are still tight I'd buy it.

The three foot kick matches the description of my raft, it's great for punching holes with, I found this out on accident. YMMV
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Old 01-25-2016   #6
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I've seen a lot of on-river damage to boats in the Rio Bravo line. The hypalon sucked, so they got away from it. It was Chinese made, I think.

I'd get the boat if it holds air and get it urethane coated!
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Old 01-27-2016   #7
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Be careful with the RB line. LOTS of problems. If you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket and the seams are good and it holds air..go for it. BUT, if you've been scraping together $500 and this is going to be your only boat...Personally, I'd pass.
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Old 01-29-2016   #8
Missoula, Montana
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I have a 14 RB, going on 10 years now. The hypalon is on the thin side. However, it is also light and rolls up easily for plane rides. I had extra rubber added to the bottom that helps a lot on wear a tear. I had an I-beam delam, but the folks at AAA were really helpful. It has one hole that was entirely my fault. In all, I really like the boat. It is an unique design and works great for low water fishing and handles big water well. The space is limited for multi-day trips due to the design. It sounds like a good deal. Boats will last a long time if you take care of them. Happy floating!
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