NRS 136 vs. 142 - Mountain Buzz

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Old 06-12-2018   #1
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NRS 136 vs. 142

Anyone running these boats? Im looking for something with some room but still nimble. The specs are super close but the 142 I can buy a non e-series. Would love to hear from anyone rowing one of them or with any thoughts of one v. the other.

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Old 06-13-2018   #2
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What are you going to be doing with the boat? Paddle, oar, day trips mostly, overnight, multidays? Very similar boats. The extra room may come in handy when loaded with gear. My self I'd go with the 14er e series. 14 is like the Swiss army of rafts.
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Old 06-14-2018   #3
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I agree with NoCo on the swiss army analogy. I have the 142 otter. I chose it because of the all around nature of the boat. I have paddled/rowed many different boats big and small. I like the narrowness for bony water yet it can haul a bunch of gear. We took it down on a 10 day on the lower salmon last year. On our local river (rock ck, MT) though on the big side it is fine. I don't feel handicapped at all. It was great on a salt river trip. Real fun as a paddle boat. In fact, I actually like it better than the 12 footers for that. I had a 12 footer and it was a great paddle boat but boy do you get wet. 13 footer is great too and I know it has a comparable width. However, the extra length is awesome on extended day trips AND on cold river days, it blocks more cold waves for the passengers than the 13. The 13 is a great paddle boat though. ! caveat, I don't do real techy, class 5 small creek rafting anymore. Aside from a day fishing trip i am all about the camping experience of the multiday trips. I have had to glue on more D rings to tie gear on AND a rub patch on the back of the boat for a oar assist paddle boat for bigger water. I also have an e series 16 footer that is just awesome! It is amazing how much higher these boats with floors can float as opposed to bucket boats. Even loaded, I can float over some real shallow stuff. I have used this type of boat on low water ark trips too. Very great handling boat even when loaded AND a great paddle boat. If I could only have 1 boat it would probably be the 142.
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