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Used Maravia vs. Brand New NRS Otter

River people, I need some advice. I'm looking to get my own boat after sharing the family raft for a few years. Which would be a better purchase? I found a pretty sweet looking used Maravia that is at least 10 or 12 years old if not more. However the floor is brand new, no patches on the tubes, and it has been stored inflated. It looks to be in pretty good shape. The alternative is a brand new Otter. The difference in price would be about $1000. How much would you say an older Maravia be worth? Which do you think would last longer/be the best value?

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Like every piece of gear, the answer depends on what you plan to use it for. Day trips? Multi-days? And so forth. What sizes are you considering? If I were in your situation, my first question is: Are you going to be able to keep your new boat inflated or will you be rolling it up?

I'm kind of surprised the price difference is only $1K, (presume the Maravia's the cheaper?).
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I'm pretty set on a fourteen foot. I'd be using it mainly for day trips but probably at least two or three multi-day (3 days or so) trips a year. I'd get the Otter 140 if I don't end up getting the Maravia. Yeah, the Maravia is cheaper. I can get the Otter at a discount which is why the difference in price isn't greater. I will be keeping the boat inflated the vast majority of the time. I will likely have to roll/fold it occasionally but that is not how it will primarily be stored and/or transported.
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There’s just something nice about a brand new baby that’s hard to beat......
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I would get the otter vs saving $1000 on a 10+ yr old boat IMO. Or get the maravia at a better price. New boat new warranty and its hypalon which will last pretty much forever.
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I'm pretty set on a fourteen foot. I'd be using it mainly for day trips but probably at least two or three multi-day (3 days or so) trips a year. I'd get the Otter 140 if I don't end up getting the Maravia. Yeah, the Maravia is cheaper. I can get the Otter at a discount which is why the difference in price isn't greater. I will be keeping the boat inflated the vast majority of the time. I will likely have to roll/fold it occasionally but that is not how it will primarily be stored and/or transported.

Hard to beat a Maravia for sheer durability and longevity, as far as plastic boats go they are about the best, and you can't beat the drop stitch floors for standing on.

That being said, the Otter is rubber, and a 30 year boat in it's own right. I personally don't think you could go wrong with either, and the decision comes down to whether you want that "New Boat Smell" or not.

The Maravia's handling is a bit more "spritely", quicker, faster and stiffer for punching things, where the Otter will ride in the water a bit more, track a little better and last a lot longer being new...
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I’d go with the brand new otter.
I’ve been running a ‘95 E-140 for the last 15 years. I’ll bet that boat has darn near enough miles with me at the oars to go around the world.
I have used and abused the living shit out of my poor boat, and it still has a LOT of trips left in it, plus what we did to it on the Ark, when it was part of the commercial fleet. I’ve had it down the Grand 3 times, plus once before it was mine, Cat at 30,000, super low water runs, sandwash to Northwash, Loma to Northwash, been to both sides of the country to..

I know Maravia’s are bomber boats, and well made, but NRS makes some damn good boats as well, and a Brand new Otter is going to last you a LONG time, and have a ten year warranty.

Dam, think I might have convinced Myself, on what to buy for my next boat!
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I think the better boat is the Maravia. If you need that new car smell....well get the brand new one. Just looked them up. Otter only had three exterior chambers??

Brand new floor and new patches on exterior. Sounds awesome to me. My Willi 2 is early 90s. I got it from an outfitter in 98. So it had close to a 100 Middle Fork trips before I got it. Rolled (or folded depending on how you look at it) after every commercial trip and and with me until two years ago when I finally got a trailer.
It doesn't get pinholes where you fold it. I did fix some pinholes along the seams the last time it was at Maravia.

The only thing that comes close for me is Avon. I have rowed plenty of Aire, Riken, Hyside and some NRS. Somehow I don't think I have ever been in a Sotar. For what I do and where I go the Maravia is the one. My four cents.
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Hard to beat a Maravia for sheer durability and longevity, as far as plastic boats go they are about the best, and you can't beat the drop stitch floors for standing on.

That being said, the Otter is rubber, and a 30 year boat in it's own right. I personally don't think you could go wrong with either, and the decision comes down to whether you want that "New Boat Smell" or not.

The Maravia's handling is a bit more "spritely", quicker, faster and stiffer for punching things, where the Otter will ride in the water a bit more, track a little better and last a lot longer being new...
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Maravias can get pinholes at the floor. Outer tubes last forever. With a brand new floor it would be a no-brainer for me. They are really nimble boats.
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Maravia, how ever you need to consider your storage and travel. Maravias are not easily rolled and stored. Maravias are best left inflated.
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