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Whitewater Rafts

Whitewater Rafts
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Price: $2,349.00
Manufacturer: RMR
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Tough Outfitter Quality Six Person 13' Whitewater Rafts. This raft must go by motor freight, not UPS, so you will need to phone your order in as our shopping cart will not calculate motor freight fees. Our number is 925-820-BOAT

RMR 13 SB Whitewater Rafts Free Shipping for Commercial (non-residential) destinations in the lower 48. Can also be picked up at the shipper's nearest hub.

Whitewater Rafts by RMR

Rocky Mountain whitewater rafts and catarafts (a.k.a. RMR) are a relatively new product for us, and they are fairly new to the whitewater rafting industry. Although there are many imported pvc brands on the market, with the exception of AIRE's Tributary line most have traditionally been glued rather than welded, and glue leads to eventual seam failures. Even if the better glued brands hold up for ten to fifteen years, there will still come a day when you have to put a large quantity of pvc in a landfill. Rocky Mountain whitewater rafts now become the second brand with welded seams, D-rings, floor I-beams, and bulkheads. In addition to the main seam overlaps, RMR also welds seam tape over both the interior and exterior side of each tube joint. This is something that a few pvc boat manufacturers don't seem to bother with, yet the lack of seam tape quite often means their inflatables have air retention that is less than stellar, especially as those whitewater rafts age. Not so with RMR - the extra step of adding seam tape to the interior prevents air wicking along the exterior edges, and the outside seam tape makes it even more reliable. Individual pieces of the Rocky Mountain boats are not cut out one at a time with hand-traced cookie cutter patterns and scissors. Instead they are sliced out en masse with computer controlled band cutters like the AIRE's and Tributary's, and by foregoing much of the usual hand labor the cost to produce each raft or cat tube goes down. We are glad to see someone has taken the reigns to provide an extremely economical alternative to the many glued pvc inflatables out there. There are those folks who either cannot afford an AIRE Tributary boat, or who feel they would rather not have a bladderized inflatable for whatever reason. We would point out that AIRE's technology (they use the same manufacturing process for both the Tributary imports and the U.S.-made AIRE line) is well proven, and that the Tribs remain far easier to roll/fold up than the Rocky Mountain equivalents. On the other hand, the Tributary's run 25 to 30% more money than the R.M.R's. Making boating affordable gets more people on the river. Hopefully that's a good thing, unless you happen to be on Brown's Canyon on a July weekendÂ….

Rocky Mountain Rafts Whitewater Rafts Hardware

RM rafts have ten stainless D-rings outside and two more on the inside of the bow and stern for things like throwbag attachment. If you need more we usually stock plenty. Two removable thwarts and six lift handles are standard. The base fabric inside the 33 ounce pvc is a very strong 2000 denier polyester, and wrap-up layers on the underside of each raft toughen them up even more - though as mentioned at the end of the first paragraph those extra layers also make any raft that has them a bear to roll up. RMR uses the low profile Leafield C-7 valves throughout. The C-7 is a bit slower than the B-7 especially during deflation, but the problem with the B-7 is that it's high profile cap seems to bash paddle crew knuckles no matter where they are located. Such is the case with the 13' and 14' Tributary whitewater rafts. One of the most surprising features of the self bailing RMR whitewater rafts is that they have lace-in floors, not permanently mounted ones. Should something happen to your floor, your can unlace it if you have the time, and UPS it to RMR instead of trying to ship the whole boat on a truck line. Laced floors cost far more to produce, but they have the benefit of draining whitewater rafts quicker than glued ones can. It is quite unusual to find a laced floor on a raft of this low price. Warranties on all RMR boats are five years. The colors for 2012 are blue and red. The interiors (the thwarts and floor top) are gray, not the solid color shown. Frame chafers and wrap-up floor overlaps are glued even on the Rocky Mountain whitewater rafts, so there will come a day if you keep the boat long enough where those will come loose. Even if this happens though, it will not incapacitate your raft. If you want to know the lead time or get a shipping quote on your RMR 13, email us your zip code and we'll give you a close idea. The worst case should be five business days & about $135 to a business address.

Dimensions of Whitewater Rafts

The RMR 13' self bailer whitewater rafts are supposed to be 6'2" wide, with 19" tubes. A 13' RMR we just measured actually had 20" tubes and was therefore 2" wider than spec'd - not a bad thing. All Rocky Mountain rafts have four main chambers, plus the two thwarts & floor. The 2011 version of this raft was 139 pounds; the 2012 was 137. We expect the 2013 thirteen footer to be about the same. This boat has to go motor freight due to both it's large dimensions, and it's packaged weight. These are double boxed and the 13' has almost 18 pounds just in cardboard, which puts it above UPS's 150 pound limit. It always costs more if you need whitewater rafts delivered to a residential address, and if you are not home when the truck driver shows up, you may have to pay them for a re-delivery or drive to their nearest truck yard to get it. Motor freight companies will NOT come back three times for free like UPS does. It's always better to use a business address, even if you have to ask a friend to use their's.

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