Since no one else has replied do what I did. Check out all of the vendors on here, call them and get there opinions and do whatever seems to make the most sense. For a fishing boat in slow shallow rivers I personally would look at a smaller cataraft.
I bought my new boat from Lee at the boat people. He gave the +'s and -'s of what he sold and the trade offs at current price points that fitted my budget. But all the vendors on here Seem to have solid reputations. I wouldn't hesitate to do business with any of them.
I have thought about putting together a Maxxon cataraft. But we do the lazy river thing with the kids and I think a raft is the way to go. Partly because we could whitewater or fish and still haul people. Still build myself a cataraft though lol
Maxxon is glued pvc, doesn't have the best reputation as far as life goes. For a little bit more you can go withhttp://www.shop.rockymountainrafts.com/14-Cataraft-price-includes-shipping-CT-140.htm . RMR 10.5 raft fit my budget, they have a good reputation. I have called them a few times and they have answered my questions. If you are looking for smaller than 14ft there are others that aren't really white water rated. Just research it and make the best decision for you
Since you live in the north east if you check out all the rafting companies that run the Delaware River around Port Jervis NY and the Poconos in Pa. they are always selling used rafts for a lot less than you would pay for new. I have always had luck with NRS. Everyone who works there seems to know what they are talking about. Adventure Sports in Marshalls Creek (the Poconos) sells their used stuff.
"The Maxxon warranty is five years, and most people do tend to get 12 to 14 years out of their products. All glued pvc boats like Maxxons do have a maximum lifespan, and this is true for Vanguard and Star products as well. At Maxxon's very reasonable pricing, most buyers feel the cost per year to own their cat tubes equals a great value. There is more about potential problems of glue & pvc in our FAQ section, and a lot more on our "PVC vs. Rubber: the Great Debate" page."
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