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Anyone know older maravia boats?? My guess is its from 90's sometime. Fabric is in great shape and doesn't leak at all. only damage is glue on maravia logo is loose and drop stich floor is kinda stained and dirty. Valves are military and all aluminium. I have looked and there is no id tag of any sort. So any buzzards have a clue. What is this boat made out of pvc or urathane doesn't have coating like newer one??? Is it welded or glued?? D rings look glued but not sure of body construction. Know any products to clean the floor?? Spray on boat cleaner n scrubbing had no effect. Any other info greatly appreciated.
 

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My guess is its from 90's sometime.
16 ft and yellow? I have an 1989 Maravia (urethane encapsulated and newer valves) and I would guess the boat you are looking at is a bit older.
 

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my big boat is a 94. Had a 99 as well. Know of a 80s boat that's still in service. Great boats. As tough as they get. Roll a doobie not your maravia. Military valves must be pre ad2 valves, that's a bonus since ad2's are non existent. And call Chris. Super good support from the repair department over there.
 

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If it's not encapsulated, it's from the 1980's. They also had a serious seam failure in the 80's that just about put them under.
I bought an old Maravia once and had several seams fail at the same time. After that experience.....I'd never buy another PVC boat. Once one seam goes....the rest will follow. :(
 

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My Maravia is as tough as they come. Early 90s. It was used guiding for about six or seven years on the MF Salmon. That is 13 to 15 trips a year, many at low water more loaded than almost any private trip. I got it in '98 and have done two to four trips a year, with at least one, sometimes two, very low water MF trips every year. I did have to put a new floor in finally, but that was as much that I loaned it someone who aired it up tight and left it in the sun as anything. Add in years of grinding it on the river and it was time.

I did add the C7 valves a couple of years ago as well. I do have a set of AD2s that came out of my boat if someone is short a valve.

Find out the year. Kyle is in the repair department there and is a real straight shooter s well. Maravia rocks.
 

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My Maravia is as tough as they come. Early 90s. It was used guiding for about six or seven years on the MF Salmon. That is 13 to 15 trips a year, many at low water more loaded than almost any private trip. I got it in '98 and have done two to four trips a year, with at least one, sometimes two, very low water MF trips every year. I did have to put a new floor in finally, but that was as much that I loaned it someone who aired it up tight and left it in the sun as anything. Add in years of grinding it on the river and it was time.

I did add the C7 valves a couple of years ago as well. I do have a set of AD2s that came out of my boat if someone is short a valve.

Find out the year. Kyle is in the repair department there and is a real straight shooter s well. Maravia rocks.

Second the recommendation on Kyle. Rafted Hells Canyon with him last year, he is good people. He did an on-river repair for a trip member who had a slow leak in his cat.
 

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Anyone have any thoughts on this raft? The owner thinks It's an 89-90. Which he thought was pre urethane. Military valves and retrofitted drop stitch floor.

What were they using before the urethane and is it any good? My thought is if it lasted this long it will last much longer.

Any thoughts are welcome. They want $1,400.



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I cannot believe the price on that --- seems like a lot. I would think a new RMR or Trib would suit you better and not cost that much more.

Please note, I know very little but if it were my hard earned dollar I'd go elsewhere.

And folks should realize that $1400 is "just for the rubber."

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I'd be a little leery. It looks like the seam tape has been redone. It looks to be of the same era as the several Santanas I've worked on, which were of the era of the catastrophically failing seams. Those guys all got the boats in the $400 dollar range. Even if it is solid, which it very well could be, $1400 is a little steep I would think. If you had to get even a couple small areas of seam redone you could end up spending enough that you would be better off with something else / better / newer. Its a gamble none the less, as is any 25- 30 year old glued PVC boat.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Its good to know that the seams are glued. That pretty much nixes it for me.

thanks
 
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