Originally Posted by NoCo
i am loooking to purchase a used raft and i have some questions what to look for... how old is too old... what materials should i be looking for...
i know to look at the color difference between the punture kit and the raft to help determine how much uv exposer the boat has had... what other signs of abuse should i be on the look out for
My raft is plastic and is 17 -18 yrs old and still holding up nicely. Normally I would say stick with Hypalon on older boats but my own is proving me wrong.
There are some great deals out there particularly this time of year.
What are you using it for? Do you know how big you want? What are your expectations?
For fishing a non-whitewater river a few times a year could be ( but doesn't have to be) a different boat than something to go run the Numbers in.
For me a 14 foot or so self-bailer would be perfect for most things, but I do 8-10 solo floats too, so I ended up with an old outfitter boat of 16 feet.
You do want to check out the baffles to make sure none are blown. Blow up diagonal (opposite) corners and make sure that the whole boat doesn't start blowing up. Check valve action with a spray soap bottle. Flip it over and look at the floor on the bottom