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Old 07-11-2011   #1
 
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Raft purchase timing... and Aire 143D vs NRS Otter 140

I think I've doped out which rafts make sense for me - looking either Aire (143D) or NRS (Otter 140). I've seen a few mentions of end-of-season (or pre-season) sales after reading thru dozens of threads on this board. When do these occur and what might I be saving in waiting for a sale?

Any head-to-head opinions on these two rafts also welcome. I'm in Missoula MT and probably doing class III and below for the most part. Some multi-day trips with kids. Would like to store deflated in winter.

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I should say that I've already read most earlier threads on these 2 boats, so the comparison question is basically w/r/t anything not already covered. Main question is when do sales occur and what do you save?
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I bought a 130D this year. The quality and warranty sold me on the Aire. I think it would be tough to get one on sale this time of year. I bought mine as a factory second and saved a bunch of money from Aire. Good luck.
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You already answered your own question: pre or post-season if you want new but save a few bucks (sometimes 20% or more). Alternatively, if you have the money, the best time to buy is once you've made a decision. Problem with waiting until post-season sales is that all the rivers will have dried-up and you won't get to play with your new boat for months.
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IMO AIRE makes the best boat on the water, not even counting the warranty. NRS is good, but the D series are slick. A "D" won't haul as much or be as stable, but it would be a blast and be super quick. If looking for a stable gear hauler, get an R or an otter. If you're looking for a fast and fun boat that will last the rest of your life, get this:

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I got my orange 143D earlier this season. Love it!!
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since neither is a very specialized boat and you are looking at both hypalon and pvc, there is a pretty sweet price on the vanguard 14fter blue/white at clavey right now. $2750. just throwing it out there.
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Probably a little big but isnt there a nice lightly used 156r on mountainbuzz ads for a good price? I would say go as big as you can afford --- i think a larger underloaded boat in shallow bony water is easier to manuever than a smaller one with the same amt of gear
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Hey if thats an ocelot then it looks like a 143 under it? I wonder if the guy selling it is confused and would possibly sell it for less?
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You sound just like I did in April when I was in the market for a new boat. I have a family of four and will spend most my time on the Spokane River, and Alberton Gorge with a couple of mulitidays slipped in there, perhaps on the Deschutes, John Day, Hells Canyon, and Salmon Rivers. I was leaning heavily toward a 143D and had an opportunity to row it, and a 156D, and it was a no brainer. The 156D is an awesome boat, especially for those with a family. The floor is a bit deeper and tubes a bit larger which makes the family feel safer. Also, with the diminishing tubes and narrow profile this thing is a corvette on the river, highly menoverable. I picked up my boat brand new from AIRE in the spring for 1400 bucks off! It was an old seriel number boat, actually a 2008 (gotta go 08 or newer for the chaffe pads), but it had never seen a river mile, and the no fault 10 year warrenty is from the date of purchase. If anything buy an AIRE boat. Look at used boats for sale, rarely do you see an AIRE with a patch, lots of other boats out there with patches.
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