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Old 07-17-2018   #1
 
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What brand should I float?

I'm getting rid of 'Ol Blue (40 year old Riken) for the luxury of a less-patchy self-bailer! I've looked at Hyside, RMR, Vanguard, Avon, and NRS.

Please send me your pros and cons for these boats...especially durability.

I'm like a kid in a wet wet candy shop!

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Avon's are no longer made so just get a Hyside and be done with it.

And all the Aire fanboys and girls here are going to be so butt hurt you left them out, too.
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I'm getting rid of 'Ol Blue (40 year old Riken) for the luxury of a less-patchy self-bailer! I've looked at Hyside, RMR, Vanguard, Avon, and NRS.

Please send me your pros and cons for these boats...especially durability.

I'm like a kid in a wet wet candy shop!

Seth

So do you want Hypalon or Plastic? Sounds like you already know how to patch hypalon. Or maybe you now both and that doesn't matter.

How are you storing your boat? Do you have to roll it after every trip or is it on a trailer?

Paddle boat or Oars? Day trips or multiday or both?

New boat or Used?
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Maravia
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Old 07-17-2018   #5
 
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We could proselytize to you...but ultimately, people will just tell you their favorites.


What is your budget? What size? What rivers?
Trailered or transport rolled?
Any fly-in trips on your horizon?



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Avon's are no longer made so just get a Hyside and be done with it.

And all the Aire fanboys and girls here are going to be so butt hurt you left them out, too.

You forgot SOTAR and Maravia.
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You forgot SOTAR and Maravia.
Yes, how lazy of me.

Has anyone mentioned Aire's 10 year No Fault warranty yet?

Wake me up when they do, please.
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Get a Saturn!!!
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Old 07-18-2018   #8
 
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Why Hyside? And I meant Aire not Avon.
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Looking for a new boat, possibly LIGHTLY used. Stored on a trailer with a tarp during the season, cleaned and rolled for the winter. Exclusively used with an oar rig. Thanks.
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Every boat is a compromise - price, materials, durability, expense

For rolling once a year and trailer use, you can consider the heavyweight PVC boats - Maravia and Aire.

I've run both. I really liked the rowability of the Maravia better, especially with the stiff dropstitch floor
but once my boat was nearing 20 years old, I disliked the pinholes at the sides of the floor--but at the time, I frequently rolled it.

I now have an Aire 156R. Good boat, but not a great boat. It's durable and stiff. It rows good, but not great. It's also super heavy, difficult to roll, and I dislike the open pocket floor.
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