Inflatable Rafts & Catarafts

Inflatable Rafts & Catarafts

Whitewater river rafts, catarafts, rowing frames, oars, paddles, and rafting accessories from AIRE, Rocky Mountain Raft (a.k.a. RMR), Maxxon, Tributary, NRS, Incept, Sawyer / Cobra, Whitewater Designs, Caviness, and Boat People specialty items are found in this part of our website. Pumps from Wildwater Designs, Carlson, K-pump, and others are found on the pump page. Lifejackets, foot cones, drybags, raft covers for trailers, and safety gear each have their own sections. Our whitewater rafts include self bailers as well as a few non-bailing "bucket" boats from NRS and Tributary. Tributary is AIRE's import line.

Got questions? We have rowed, paddled, and sold just about every brand out there, so don't hesitate to call or come by. We love to "talk boats," and would be happy to answer your questions. You can also email us at theboatpeople@hotmail.com, but just keep in mind that time can be tight for typing lengthy replies, so if you have more than a couple questions please phone us.

Although some of the images you see here may appear on other websites, rest assured the content within does not. Every word - occasional typo's and all - was written by us. The Boat People dot com is a no-copy & paste zone. With photos, sometimes a manufacturer's studio work is always going to be more detailed than anything an individual dealer can shoot.

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Maxxon 14' Extra-Fat 25" Cataraft Tubes

Maxxon P-14+ Cataraft tubes - now welded, not glued!

$1,489.00
Maxxon P-16 Sixteen Foot Cataraft tubes

Now with welded seams for 2019!

Call for price
Maxxon P12 12' Cataraft Pontoons

Now welded, two diameters available - see text

$1,239.00
Maxxon SB-270 Whitewater Raft

Maxxon SB-270 Whitewater Raft, now welded for 2019.

$1,639.00
Maxxon SB-490 River Raft

Maxxon 16' self bailer. Image is out of date - see text!

$3,019.00
Maxxon XSB-320 Whitewater Raft

Maxxon XSB-320 Whitewater Raft 10 1/2 Feet Self Bailer

$1,709.00
Maxxon XSB-390 River Raft

High Performance Maxxon 13' XSB-390 with Drop Stitch Floor, now with...

$2,549.00
Maxxon P16+ Fatty 25" Cataraft Tubes

Maxxon PT-16 25 inch tubes - now with welded seams.

$1,489.00
NRS Livery 130 13' Standard Floor Raft

We do not stock the NRS standard floor (non-selfbailing) rafts, so please...

$2,995.00
NRS Livery 140 Standard Floor 14' Hypalon River Raft

Achilles, Hyside, and NRS all theoretically make 14'non-selfbailing...

$3,195.00
NRS Otter Livery 106 Standard Floor Raft

The 10-1/2' Otter Livery non-bailer from NRS is a fine choice for fly...

$2,295.00
NRS Otter Livery 96 Standard Floor Raft

The little 9'6" Otter non-bailer from NRS is a fine choice for anglers or...

$2,295.00
AIRE Bronze Oar Lock

Silicon Bronze Oarlocks are priced per pair and come with bushings...

$99.00
AIRE Oar Rights

OarRights and Blade Rights are $25 each for both varieties.

The...

$25.00
Waterproof Dry Duffle

The new Ortlieb Waterproof Dry Duffles are the highest quality bag...

$185.00
Sawyer 10' Polecat Fiberglass Two-Piece Oar Shaft

Please note that the actual length of this shaft assembled is 7-1/2'...

$162.00
Sawyer 10' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 7-1/2' (90"), and not...

$129.00
Sawyer 7-1/2' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 5' (60"), and not...

$97.00
Sawyer 7' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 4-1/2' (54"), and not...

$95.00
Sawyer 8-1/2' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 6' (72"), and not...

$104.00
Sawyer 8' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 5-1/2' (66"), and not...

$99.00
Sawyer 9-1/2' Polecat Fiberglass Two-Piece Oar Shaft

Special order - see below. Please note that the actual length of this...

$159.00
Sawyer 9-1/2' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 7' (84"), and not nine...

$124.00
Sawyer 9' Polecat Fiberglass Oar Shaft, single piece

Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 6-1/2' (78"), and not...

$114.00

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Many potential buyers tend to get a bit confused and stressed trying to decipher and decide between various boat brands. The good news for all of you is that almost any name brand river infatable will last a very long time, so it's hard to go wrong in choosing. Not all brands & models handle the same though, and the relative cost per year to own different makes may vary a bit.

We try to offer the highest values, which is why many of the inflatable rafts in this part of our website are from Rocky Mountain, AIRE, or AIRE's import Tributary line. We were the first AIRE dealer in California and we knew AIRE's owners long before the company existed. With Rocky Mountain, we came on board the first full year they were in business, and their economical rafts and cat tubes continue to delete with their unbelievable value. Our customers have been very pleased with the Rocky's as have we. For us and for our customers, it's important that the crew at AIRE & Rocky Mountain are easy to work with, and impeccably honest in covering their products just as they say they will. Both companies deal with end users with respect, and do everything they can to keep those who own their products happy.

AIRE remains the only inflatable builder out there offering a warranty with coverage for damage you do to your boat, not just defects that are the fault of the manufacturer. Most of the other boat builders claiming ten or twelve year guarantees may only cover the hull material for that period, or have exclusions that make the warranty far less impressive than at first glance. Why cover your damage too? If you've managed to incur a large tear or other major damage, AIRE would rather fix the boat properly with their welders & sewing equipment, as opposed to having one of their products looking rough due to a home repair, where the boat owner may not be equipped or experienced enough for the job at hand.

Both AIRE/Tributary and Rocky Mountain Rafts build rafts without glue (with the exception of chafers on the Rocky's). In the case of the Trib's and RMR's, this makes them different from almost all other import pvc rafts. You can learn a lot more about boat materials by reading our "PVC vs. Rubber" the Great Debate" section.

Now days, almost every brand of boat - even some of the cheap glued Asian brands - are plenty tough enough to the degree that few modern boats owners ever really need their patch kit. So when you purchase a raft you are really paying for two key things: lifespan - or what it will cost per year to own, and handling. A "good handling" raft or inflatable kayak will be responsive through a wide variety of river conditions. This is not true of a great many hypalon brands and models, which most often tend to be more mediocre in their handling traits. But what about lifespan? Aren't pvc inflatable pre-disposed to less usable years than a quality hypalon model? If the boat is pvc and assembled with glue, yes, that is most often true. Using welders for assembly, especially if done in combination with urethane bladders as AIRE does, ensure very lengthy lifespans. In fact, with the AIRE's it is almost unlimited. The outer hull of an AIRE could be nearly worn down to the base fabric all over and the raft will still retain air just fine. For the same reason that an AIRE can be made to last almost forever, it is also the most easily serviced in the field if something should go wrong. With all these considerations we feel that Rocky Mountain, AIRE, and AIRE's Tributary line offer the lowest costs per year to own, with products that perform at a high level even in class V water.

AIRE has an optional upgrade on all American made rafts to a Sealed Floor Pocket; more about that in the boat descriptions. Another new option that was added a few years ago is urethane fabric for any AIRE raft or Cataraft. Pricing is given for this under the indivdual raft & cat sizes near the bottom of the descriptions.

For more information about multiple boat discounts, and discounts on accessories that are purchased with your boat, please see the F.A.Q. page of our website or better yet, call us at 925-820-BOAT. In brief, all accessories except rowing frames and aluminum dryboxes receive a 10% discount. These two exceptions are due to low margins and high incoming shipping costs. This section was updated in March of 2013.


AIRE Rafts, Catarafts and Kayaks