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So I'm on a tight budget of about a thousand bucks. I live in North Dakota and used rafts don't exist here, I could probably find a virgin baby unicorn before a raft. My main use would be for rivers in Montana. So I've narrowed my choices down to Saturn, the frameless cataraft or thier R2.
At first it will just be me in the boat, after I gain some experience & confidence then my little booger eaters will come with me. Mostly this summer will be spent on a local lake and the Missouri river. Maybe at the end of the season I'll brave the section of yellowstone river at Gardiner. I have been on 5 commercially guided trips around that part of Montana but I'm at that point that I want my own boat.
 

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When I got into rafting I had a similar budget of only about $1000. You didn't mention if you plan to paddle it or put a frame on it and row it. With that budget you might be able to find a cheapo self bailer and paddle it, and eventually put a frame on it as finances allows.

The other option if you want to row with a frame is start with a bucket boat. Good chance you can find bucket boat, frame, and oars for $1000. Then in the future you could upgrade to a self bailer and use your first frame and oars with the new setup. You'd also be able to sell the old bucket for $500 or so.

Good luck, and enjoy!
 

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Get a watermaster- $1000 is gonna get you a really nice little boat or a really crappy bigger one. You'll use the little boat more because it's easier to wrangle. Add bigger boat later when funds allow.

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I would stay away from Saturn. They are garbage and I own one since 2009. It has worked but it has also had many issues that i have worked on myself. It still floats but not like my Aires do. If you only have 1k I would suggest a used 14 ft round boat. Good luck with the search. I will keep my ears open and let you know. You might get lucky. I probably own ten boats now just from talking to lots of people over the years. Hell if I had another 14 raft in the fleet I would sell you my Saturn...
 

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Which of the 2 will be more thrilling? I've rowed flat sections of the Yellowstone and enjoyed it, paddling is a blast too. Our oldest brat is 18, he can go sometimes but not always. Which of the 2 would be more preferred for me controlling by my self with 2 booger eaters ridding along?
 

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Obsessively search craigslist in areas where rafts get resold (Billings, state of WY, Denver area, etc.) and be ready to make the drive. I think you'll eventually find a bucket boat and a minimal frame for about that much.

My buddy has a Saturn with a cobbled together fishing frame and it does the job. He's had no issues with the raft, but different year Saturns have different issues, from what I've read on here.

Not a great brand, but this would get you on the water:
http://bozeman.craigslist.org/boa/4870680028.html

No mention of brand, but a great buy if it doesn't suck:
http://wyoming.craigslist.org/boa/4835776583.html


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Did more research, based on the foot entrapment issue rules Saturn out. I realize this sort has some risk but how much is up to the individual to a point, no sense in adding to it with gear choice.
Selling off some other this and saving up. I've seen several good deals I'll just wait
 

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I think that is a very good decision.
If you see something you are interested in around the BozemanMt area send me a PM and I will check it out for you. Good luck in your search.


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I think that is a very good decision.
If you see something you are interested in around the BozemanMt area send me a PM and I will check it out for you. Good luck in your search.


Jim

Thanks sembob, I'm thinking a 10 to 12 footer would suit my needs. I think mostly we will play on the still water, the II & III sections for a few years until my boys are older. If I can't find something used when I'm ready to buy I'm thinking the Hyside mini max neo might fit the bill.
 

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When you find that unicorn let me know, i'll trade my udisco for it

You would crap yourself then if you saw my boat collection and found out how much I paid for the lot. I have about $2750 in 5 boats. just have to be patient, willing to maybe put in a little work (be it drive, glueing, lacing) and probably a little bit predatory.


Sammyphsyco, you willing to drive or ship from WV?? PM me if so...not sure what is available-I've seen some good deals disappear in the last few weeks but maybe.
 

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So I'm on a tight budget of about a thousand bucks. I live in North Dakota and used rafts don't exist here, I could probably find a virgin baby unicorn before a raft. My main use would be for rivers in Montana. So I've narrowed my choices down to Saturn, the frameless cataraft or thier R2.
At first it will just be me in the boat, after I gain some experience & confidence then my little booger eaters will come with me. Mostly this summer will be spent on a local lake and the Missouri river. Maybe at the end of the season I'll brave the section of yellowstone river at Gardiner. I have been on 5 commercially guided trips around that part of Montana but I'm at that point that I want my own boat.
I am thinking of letting my hyside paddle cat goto a new home this spring.....but I would need more like $1,500 plus shipping.

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I am thinking of letting my hyside paddle cat goto a new home this spring.....but I would need more like $1,500 plus shipping.

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That would be something I might be interested. I'm not quite ready to buy yet, I still have a few more toys to liquidate I'm trying pretty hard not to be a victim of domestic violence. :p
 

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Got a pretty good deal on a RMR from the boat people. Lee did a great job of answering all my questions. I ended up getting the 10.5 foot storm,I can see this being just the first boat. Now I just need the rest of the gear.
 
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