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Old 07-18-2015   #1
 
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Information About Inflatable Boat Manufactures Wanted

Just for the hell of it I am trying to put together a list of info about popular whitewater inflatables manufacturers.

I am looking for company start dates, location Changes, dates boats were introduced, and dates Major changes were made in materials, boat designs/accessories and any other random knowledge you might have on these manufacturers.

Please add other popular manufactures that I haven't listed.

Here is what I have so far


Aire: 1989 Meridian Idaho

Sotar: 1980 Merlin Oregon

Maravia: 1872 Boise Idaho

JPW: Started business in 1982 became incorporated in 1988 in Bondad Colorado. Moved to Aztec New Mexico in 1990 - Present

NRS: Started in 1972. Not sure when they started making boats. Boats are made in Mexico.

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I'm pretty sure Maravia started in either Point Richmond, or San Rafael, CA.

Demaree in Maryland would be a big one to leave off the list. I think they were always in Friendsville, MD.
There's also Custom Inflatables.
NRS has had boats made in Japan too, and possibly Taiwan. And of course China for quite a while now.
Hyside started off as "Sunrunner" when the boats were Taiwanese, but moved around late 1986 or early '87 to Korea.
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RMR ?

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Thanks. I wasn't counting the Chinese off shoots of NRS or Aire, but I guess I should. Do you know what year Aire introduced the Tributary line?

I am not sure when RMR started, but I know it wasn't that long ago.



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I want to say Trib started (with the Tomcat kayaks) around 2002 or 2003, but Sheena would know better than I.
There is also Airtight Inflatables, maker of the Shredder. They are 100% American as far as I know. And a company called Canyon Inflatables out of CO that made some super high quality boats, but was only around a few years.
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I want to say Trib started (with the Tomcat kayaks) around 2002 or 2003, but Sheena would know better than I.
There is also Airtight Inflatables, maker of the Shredder. They are 100% American as far as I know. And a company called Canyon Inflatables out of CO that made some super high quality boats, but was only around a few years.

Canyon was bought out by a company called Rogue. Their website says they will continue to make boats with the Canyon designs. Not sure if they will still be made in the states though.

http://www.canyoninflatables.com/


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Actually, I was thinking of Colorado Headwaters. Don't know why but I tend to mix them up with Canyon. The guy at C.H.was named Chris, and he had a really good reputation & was a super nice person. Unfortunately he had an awful lot of hours into building his boats so that may have broke the camel's back.
What's confusing is that there was another Canyon Inflatables around in the late 80's or early 90's that had nothing to do with the Oregon Canyon.
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Not finding much info on Colorado Headwaters. I did find one page that said they started business in about 1994. Does that sound right to you?


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Yes, and I think they lasted maybe 2-1/2 years. Not a long run, but great boats while they produced them. Probably the best workmanship I ever saw.
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I still have a Colorado Headwaters in my family fleet. The material is very good, but all of those boats were constructed with butted seams. I think that the butted seams are why the company didn't last. My tubes are still holding together, but I have seen other boats with seam problems because of the design.
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