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Old 08-24-2014   #1
 
Leavenworth, Washington
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Trying to figure out what my used Aire raft is worth

I have poked around in the forum reading older posts, but still don't really know what to sell my raft for, so am hoping you all can share some advice. The challenge is that the boat is pretty old (1995 or 1996), but the gear is in great condition and is high end, or at least was at the time I bought it!

It is a 14' Aire (143R), set up for both paddling with footcups and for rowing. Bought it when I retired from guiding, and after taking it down rivers like the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Grand Canyon, Rogue, etc. I really have not used it much for the past 10 years after getting in to kayaking. Excellent condition, no patches, holds air for days, new floor aircell.

Gear: Cambridge Welding steel breakdown frame, Cambridge Welding full size dry box, 4 Sawyer MX composite one piece counterbalanced oars. Large Gott cooler in good shape, home made wood floorboard.

I would prefer to sell the package to keep it simple, since if I get another boat it will be a cataraft. But I would be interested in your thoughts on the value of the boat alone. I appreciate any thoughts you have-Thanks!

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Old 08-24-2014   #2
 
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$3000.00 sounds like a fair deal for the package. Boat itself- $1800.00
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Old 08-24-2014   #3
 
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$3000.00 sounds like a fair deal for the package. Boat itself- $1800.00
20 years ago that boat was $1800. This mentality is why I bought a new raft.
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Old 08-24-2014   #4
 
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20 years ago that boat was $1800. This mentality is why I bought a new raft.
I agree, but I bet he can get that for it, don't you?
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Old 08-24-2014   #5
 
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Is this how to put something up for sale in the gear section?
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Old 08-24-2014   #6
 
Leavenworth, Washington
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Not trying to sell here, I have a friend who is interested but I have no clue what to ask.

Regarding original cost, I believe retail price for the package was $5,500 - $6,000.
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$3000.00 sounds like a fair deal for the package. Boat itself- $1800.00
Both of these guesses are at least $500 too high.
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Both of these guesses are at least $500 too high.
Easily
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I'd say 1000, 1800 is high even for a mid 90s Hypalon raft. I have a friend looking for a used Aire but would not go more than 1000 for this based on what else is on the market in that price range. Gear sounds nice but like you said it is 20 year old high end gear, but, if the frame and box are in good shape they should be as good as new.
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Old 08-25-2014   #10
 
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I just sold my 30 year old hypalon self bailer, frame/oars/drybox/cooler for $2500. The boat was in excellent shape with no holes or damage. I had someone else willing to pay $2700 but it already sold.

If it is in as good of shape as you say you can probably get $3000 out of it if you're not in a hurry. I'd start there. You can always negotiate the price, or lower it if you're not getting nibbles.

Or maybe used gear goes for a lot more out here?
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