Originally Posted by TboneCooper
Pretty sure SOTAR doesn't/didn't make Hypalon boats. Most likely urethane or some other plastic. Not a bad thing... I would worry about UV degradation if that has been sitting outside for a minute. How much are they asking?
Nope, not rubber, is plastic,and about 25 years old.
Amazing that it still holds air. Ray Kitson, who used to own AAE bought a bunch of them back in the late 90's, AAE stands for American Adventure Expeditions, or as they were called by guides from competing companies, "Assholes About Everything"
Sotar's in general have a checkered past, they had all manner of de lamination problems at one point, then they started using pond liner material at another point, the reason for so many brown Sotar's I'm told, now they are using some sort of super rigid plastic RF welded, some folks like them, but personally I liken them to a cork floating on the water.
When Mike and Amber Kissack bought AAE from Kitson, Ray had already made the switch to Maravia and never looked back.
If you can pick this thing up for between 500 and 750 at the high end, it'd likely serve a private boater for a few more years in MY opinion, much more than that and there are many other options that open up.
The company SOTAR says it's name stands for "State Of The Art Raft", but many others say it stands for "Swim Over To Another Raft" LOL
My 2˘, good luck =)