Lee Arbach

Waterkeeper

Raft Dealer
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Price: $2,349.00
Shipping Weight: 128.00 lbs

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RMR 12 SB from Raft Dealer. This tough outfitter grade raft is the best value you will ever find. The new Rocky Mountain's have some small but important improvements, including a 1" increase in the height of the floor mounting grommet strip. This should decrease some wear areas a bit on the floor bottom, and make an already super stable raft even more so. Additionally, there are more I-beams in the floors of the new RM rafts, for a smoother floor and a tighter fit against the side tubes. The welded area of each D-ring has increased for 2013 as well, making for even higher pull strength, and there is more stitching over a wider area of the webbing that holds the metal D and the lift handles. The combo handle/D-ring patches have been angled too, further increasing their strength and the comfort when being used. Lastly, the thwart attachments have been beefed up as well.

RMR 12 SB Raft Dealer - RMR New Player - Old Style Quality!

Rocky Mountain is relatively new to the rafting industry but this Raft Dealer says they have come further in the last few years than many raft makers manage in a decade. 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 boats now become the second brand with welded seams, floor I-beams, D-rings, 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 boats 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.

Raft Dealer Constructions Method for RMR 12 SB Raft

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. Raft Dealer says 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 Trib's remain far easier to roll/fold up than the Rocky Mountain equivalents. On the other hand, the Tributary's run quite a bit more than the R.M.R's. Making boating affordable gets more people on the river.

Raft Dealer RMR 12 SB River Raft's Hardware and Fabric

RM rafts have ten stainless D-rings, and if you need more we usually stock plenty. Two removable thwarts and four 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. This Raft Dealer feedback: 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. The RMR 12 SB has 18.5" tubes and is 6'1" wide and weighs 119 pounds with both thwarts. All Rocky Mountain rafts have four main chambers, plus the two thwarts & floor.

Laced Floor in RMR 12 SB Raft from Raft Dealer

One of the most surprising features this Raft Dealer found on the self bailing RMR boats 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 a raft quicker than glued ones can. It is quite unusual to find a laced floor on a raft of this low price.

Raft Dealer RMR 12 SB Raft Warranty

Warranties on all Raft Dealer RMR boats are five years. The standard colors for 2013 are blue and red with ash grey interiors. The wrap-up floor overlaps & frame chafers are glued even on the Rocky Mountain boats, so there will come a day if you keep the boat long enough where those will come loose. Hopefully this won't happen for ten to fifteen years. Just remember you are getting a killer deal on this brand. If that low price comes with the prospect of re-gluing a few items down the road, that's the compromise.

From this Raft Dealer, if you want to know the lead time on your RMR 12, email us your zip code and we'll give you a close idea. The worst case should be five business days.

This boat will be delivered by UPS or Fed-X ground. Due to the fact that the boxed size of this raft exceeds the standard 130" UPS girth limit, an oversize fee of $56 usually applies on top of the basic rate.

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