I've read the same stuff and the NRS E series are great boats. Buddy of mine has a 20+ year old 14' er that is still going strong with easily 400 to 500 river days on it. Not one patch or leak, Granted he and his wife are great boaters and take decent care of their gear. This person taught me how to row so naturally I thought NRS was the way to go since this guy bought one.I've got a question about the Otter's.
I have read that NRS' quality of construction is great. But most Buzz threads raving about NRS are talking about the E series. I'm wondering what opinions some of the Otter owner's have regarding durability. My RMR was tough which was great for a first boat b/c I was running into a lot of obstacles on the river. I have improved at navigating, but I would be bummed if this new boat rips on the first hard impact. I know friends who have mid 90's Hysides. Not sure if those were all 2520 D, or 1680? But with stronger denier and stronger base fabric, I wonder if the Otter is in the same class.
What do you mean by "knowing what you know now"? ThxIn hindsight I am not sure if I would have bought an NRS instead of say a Sotar (pvc) or Hysides knowing what I know now. But my NRS Otter has never disappointed me with its quality and craftsmanship.
I am not in a position to compare NRS to Hysides from a durability standpoint. No one I currently boat with owns a Hyside, but I sure see a lot of them still on the river.
Sorry that part was pretty ambigious. When I bought the Otter I didn't have a boating road map. I was buying a boat to carry gear on large multi-day trips. The majority of my river days each year since have actually been mostly day trips. My circumstances changed after I bought the boat, but I bought the the boat thinking I might run the GC one day. In hindsight I wish I would have bought a shorter boat and maybe could have afforded a heavier Hyside or Sotar. That's all.What do you mean by "knowing what you know now"? Thx