I have had a hard time finding a raft that I could fly with. Goo Vogt (Alaska Wildwater) hooked me up in a big way. He represents the sport well. He sold me one of his custom made Sotars from his rental fleet. Despite all the cons of the bucket boat, I feel that it will suit my needs perfectly. Namely because I will have to fly it up from North Carolina on all my float trips. It had to be under 100 lbs for me to fly with it on the airlines. Shipping cost are outrageous. I can fly with the raft I bought as checked luggage. I am having NRS make a custom break down frame so that no section will be longer than 3' and Cataract will make me some 9.5' 3 piece oars. The frame and oars will be in one duffle bag, and the raft in another duffle.
I bought the raft today. It is a 15 ft custom made Sotar. It was in near new condition and comes with full warranty from Sotar. Price was $3,000. It has one thwart in the front, 10 D rings, is made from 40 oz urethane, has 4000 denier base, rolls to 32", and best of all, weighs 93 lbs (raft,twart, and boat bag). Thanks for all the help here on the forum. I appreciate it.
Below are some pictures of the raft I bought. When the link opens, you can click "slideshow" in the upper right side of the page. Any opinions or thoughts on the raft? I need to get pumps, top off pump? throw bags, oars, frame, and such. Anyone have anything they would suggest to a guy with his first raft. How do you guys outfit your rafts for float trips? Anything you would add to this raft?