Skiing kind of stinks right now, so my mind is drifting to rafting….
Last summer I bought a 16’ Sotar raft and absolutely love it, putting my 16’ cat on the sidelines. I’m going to sell my 16’ NRS cat, and buy a smaller one. I am not opposed to buying a used boat if I can get a good deal. My research has focused primarily on the AIRE boats (Wildcat, Ocelot, and the Wave Destroyer Series), although, I am also looking at Sotar and Maravia. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on these boats, or perhaps a different brand. Also, I would welcome any recommendations on length, frame, and oars. Here is specifically what I am looking for:
*Will use mostly as a one-man boat, but would like the ability to take another passenger at times, primarily for 6 Mile and other road accessible whitewater creeks in Alaska, but also Idaho and Montana
*Has the ability to punch holes on big volume rivers yet still maneuverable for small creeks
*Something that it is durable
*Frame that breaks down easily for a fly-out
*Needs to compliment/be different than my 16’ raft (not exactly sure what I am getting at here?)
Also, if anybody has a boat like this and wants a bigger boat, I might be willing to trade my 16’ NRS cat.