Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

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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AIRE 183R SelfBailing Expedition Size Whitewater Raft

AIRE's Grand Canyon mega raft

$7,099.00
AIRE 176R Self Bailing Inflatable River Raft

Extra large for extra-long trips

$6,899.00
AIRE 160DD Symmetrical 16' Raft

AIRE 160DD self bailing inflatable raft with NO THWARTS

$5,149.00
AIRE 156E, 156R, and 156D Inflatable River Rafts

The AIRE 156 series are for big loads and big water.

$4,799.00
AIRE 143 R, D, and E fourteen foot Inflatable Rafts

AIRE's 14'3" 143D, 143R, and 143E with NO THWARTS self bailing inflatable...

$4,599.00
Buy a Raft

You want to buy a raft, AIRE 143D, and here it is! NO Thwarts. A...

$4,599.00
AIRE 136DD Raft
AIRE 136DD Raft
$4,449.00
AIRE 130R, 130D, 130E Self Bailing Inflatable Rafts

Price shown is with no thwarts

$4,299.00
Raft Reviews

Raft Reviews of AIRE 130R - the R and D models are almost...

$4,299.00
AIRE Super Duper Puma 14' Inflatable Raft

Extra capacity for anglers or a fun six to seven person paddle raft

$3,949.00
AIRE Lion 18' Cataraft Tubes

AIRE Lion 18 cat tubes - highest payload

$3,399.00
AIRE Super Puma 13' Self Bailing River Raft

Great for anglers or a paddle crew of five!

$3,299.00
RMR PK-160 Peak Raft 16 Feet
RMR PK-160 The Peak Raft 16 Feet is Outfitter Quality
$3,299.00
Whitewater Raft

The whitewater raft AIRE Super Puma 13' self bailing river raft (no...

$3,299.00
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Frameless Cataraft

The AIRE Sabertooth 12 Frameless Cataraft is a no-frame 12-1/2’...

$3,249.00
Maxxon SB-490 River Raft

Coming soon - new rafts from Maxxon

Call for price
AIRE Leopard 18' Inflatable Cataraft Tubes

AIRE's largest Performance Series Cat

$3,199.00
AIRE Tributary Sixteen HD River Raft

AIRE Tributary Sixteen HD River Raft

$3,199.00
AIRE Tributary Fourteen HD Raft Package Deal

AIRE Tributary Fourteen HD Raft Package Deal

$3,149.00
NRS Livery 140 Standard Floor 14' Hypalon River Raft

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

$3,149.00
AIRE Lion 16' Cataraft Pontoons

AIRE Lion 16 high payload Cataraft

$2,999.00
AIRE Puma 11'6" Self Bailing Inflatable Raft

AIRE Puma Inflatable Whitewater Raft

$2,999.00
RMR PK-135 Peak Raft 13.5 Feet
RMR PK-135 Peak Raft 13.5 Feet is Outfitter Quality
$2,999.00

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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.


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