**Originally posted this in the classifieds, but was suggested I move it here, since I'm not selling or swapping anything** FNG mistake.
Hello folks. I'm new to this forum and fairly new to the sport of rafting.
Definitely caught the bug. I have a tandem IK that I take out on moderate rivers. Most strenuous I have ever run is the Blue below Green Mountain when the flows were kinda high. I'd like to learn to do more, but also happy to do mellow floats and enjoy the scenery. I also like to fly fish. It is tough to fish from the IK. I also have an Outcast Commander that is better for fishing, but I like to fish with friends and to take other less experienced fishermen out and get them into some fish. My dear old dad can't really wade anymore, so a fishing raft would be perfect for going with him.
So I'm looking for a small raft with frame/ oars so that I can take another fisherman with me. Or my kids can sit on the front seat. Or take the frame off and we can all paddle together. You get the idea.
I know a 10.5 raft will be a little cramped as a fishing setup, but I have to work with what I have space for in my garage and a lack of trailer. Rafts in this size range seem to be small enough and light enough that I could put them on the roof for short shuttles back to camp or another run.
Ideally I'm looking for a complete setup - basic frame, raft, oarlocks oars. But if I get a good deal on the raft, I can buy a frame and oars separately. Doesn't have to be perfect condition, since I'm a beginner and will probably put some scuffs and scrapes on it right away anyway (at least if the condition of my IK is anything to go by).
Like everyone, I have a limited budget. But I'm also realistic about how rafts and equipment hold their value. If you have a setup like this that you are looking to sell please PM me, and we can talk.
I'm located near Denver and happy to travel to see stuff within a reasonable distance.