AIRE 160 Double D Symmetrical 16' Whitewater Raft
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Price: $5,149.00
Manufacturer: AIRE
Shipping Weight: 135.00 lbs

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AIRE 160DD self bailing inflatable raft is priced with NO THWARTS. Each thwart is an additional $275. The price for the 160DD includes free lower-48 shipping. An additional 5% price break is available for a cashier's check payment / bank transfer. With a "no-thwart" 160DD, the boat's inside width will be a bit less than the 45" measurement that AIRE shows on their website. Often, having at least one thwart blown up firm spreads the raft apart the final inch or two, so if you are splitting hairs on the frame width keep this in mind. Made in America.

AIRE 160 Double D Raft - AIRE's Newest Whitewater Raft

This is still AIRE's newest raft. The 160 Double D is a Gauley River-inspired self bailing sixteen footer. It looks much like a scaled up 130D or 143D. Available colors are red, yellow, orange, lime, dark green, and blue. Dark purple, white, and solid gray, are available by special order. Lead times on the "special" colors vary but average five to six weeks.

AIRE 160 Double D Raft Accommodates 8 to 10 Paddlers

The AIRE 160DD inflatable river raft accommodates eight to ten paddlers. It is mainly used by outfitters as a paddle raft rather than an oar rig, though it will serve well as an oar rig for private boaters too since it is actually three inches wider inside than AIRE's biggest 156 model. This raft has 21" main tubes, 14" of rocker, and frame chafers. The outside width is 7'3" so a 66" frame width works perfect. The weight with two thwarts is 175 pounds.

All AIRE's come with a very complete patch kit, repair video, lots of D- rings, lift handles, and a ten year warranty. Matching footcups are available for all AIRE boats (see Raft Accessories section).

AIRE 160 Double D Whitewater Raft Sealed Floor Option

Some boaters, most often those who don't actually own any AIRE rafts, worry over water that is retained on the river between an AIRE's floor bladder and the interior of the pvc floor pocket. They assume it will adversely effect the performance of an AIRE, especially a larger model like the 160DD. In truth, you are definitely carrying some H2O all the while you're on the river, maybe eight to ten gallons on a 16' model. However, in our considerable experience most boaters won't even notice it. But if you really want the top performance from your AIRE or are concerned about silt and fine grit entering through the floor pocket's zipper, then perhaps it is worth looking into the Sealed Floor Pocket ("SFP") option. This item is shown on a separate page as an add-on, and runs $460. Unless you actually do spend a lot of time on class V rivers, we don't think it's a good investment, but that's your call.

If you do want a sealed floor pocket, we strongly urge you to call for availability & lead time, so we can see if it works for you. In general no dealers stock the SFP models.

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