Please note that due to the high weight of this raft, it must be shipped motor freight. Free shipping applies on this extra-heavy model only to the lower 48 states, and only to commercial addresses - no residential. Please phone your order in at 925-820-BOAT.
AIRE's big seventeen-and-a-half foot 176R self bailing whitewater raft is shown priced with no thwarts (the photo shows three, sorry!), and the price includes a 5% allowance toward motor freight fees or accessories. If you live back east in a remote area, and want this raft delivered to a residential address, in some cases the freight bill can exceed 5%. In many instances though it will be less than that, so you can apply any remainder toward accessories. Our shopping cart does not deduct the 5% allowance, nor is is set up to calculate ship rates above the 150 pound UPS limit, so that's why you need to phone in orders for large boats like the 176R. An additional price break of 5% is available for payments made via cashier's check / bank transfer
No one here at The Boat People have used a 176R, and we have no feedback on it either, so we can only discuss it compared to the "little brother" 156R. We have put plenty of miles on another 17'6" bucket raft that was a few inches wider than this one, so we do at least have experience with a raft of this size. Obviously any boat of this length and girth is intended for extended trips, preferably with fairly high water volume, where you might need a high load capacity. A 176R can still make it's way down "normal" rivers at reasonable flows, but no one should buy this as a general purpose raft for waterways that normally only run 3,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) or less. At 7'8" in width, technical boulder fields will be a tight squeeze.
These are not always available, so if you have to wait the normal five to six weeks you can get any color you wish. Note that the valves are in a different location than shown in the photo, which actually depicts a 156R model, not the 176.
The 176R whitewater raft features six air chambers on the main hull rather than four, for maximum safety. If you are not going to trailer your 176R, plan on using a dolly or a lot of helpers to get it to the water's edge. At 190 pounds with two thwarts, it is no featherweight. Tube diameter on the 176R is 22".
Rafter's Flip Line Bagsare sold in pairs only
The K200 is just like a stretched out K-100 or EZ Pump. All three K-pumps we carry have a mushroom shaped plunger grip that is very comfy to grip. The K-200 is an excellent option for small to mid-size rafts and high volume oddities like AIRE's Traveler inflatable canoe, or many similar models from Grabner.
The model K-200 and K-100 have the most effortless action of any manual pumps made. This is due in part to them having no check valve, with the reasoning that almost all modern inflatables already have one-way valves for air inflation. If you need one equipped with a check valve, it's no problem, but you will need to phone us so we can order one for you. The K200 is just a bit over 2 pounds, measures 30", and it comes with a semi-waterproof stash bag like the EZ Pump and the other two K-pump models.
Each K-Pump has a two-year warranty and an extra O-ring hidden inside the front end of the main body. They also come with several tip adaptors. Any barrel style pump should be re-lubed once per season, or more often if your usage is heavy.
The K-Pump K200 is $89.
Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 7-1/2' (90"), and not ten feet. It is ten feet with the blade. Also note that we are no longer taking shopping cart orders for single oar shafts, though as yet there is nothing in the actual cart to prevent single-shaft orders. If you want a single oar shaft please contact us by phone at 925-820-BOAT and we'll see what we can do.
Sawyers's Polecat shafts have a beefy reinforced end where the blade hole is drilled, and these are just as strong as Sawyer's more expensive composite shafts, albeit a tad heavier.
It is important to note that you can mix Carlisle blades with Sawyer shafts, but the overall length of a Sawyer blade is 2.5" longer than a Carlisle blade - and the length of their shafts is 2-1/2" less than Carlisle's equivalent. This means that if you mix a Sawyer brand shaft for the 9' length with a Carlisle blade, the oar will actually end up being only 8'9-1/2" long, not a full nine feet. If you put a Sawyer blade in a Carlisle shaft, you will have an extra 2-1/2".
Two other important details regarding Sawyer shafts:
(1) Since the blade end on the shaft is reinforced with a second, thicker outer layer (the striped portion on the left in the picture), and the handle end has a round protruding retainer screw head, the standard version Oar Sleeves will not slip over them unless you take out the screw. Even then it is difficult. best to purchase our slit sleeves, listed in this section. Cutting the slit in an oar sleeve with either a chop saw or a table saw is dicey work that involves holding the sleeve with your hand, or creating a mickey-mouse jig for the chop saw. Both methods are dangerous.
(2) The little set screw that helps hold the handle in protrudes from the shaft a bit. And these oars cannot be shipped to dealers one to a box without massive packaging & UPS upcharges. This is an important detail, because what it means to you is almost every Sawyer Polecat shaft has some degree of marring adjacent to this set screw. In other words, when they are shipped to dealers - usually 8 or 10 to a box - the screws rub and dig into the oar next to them. And this means many of them have anything from fairly minor scratches to significant rubs & indentations near the handle end, in a circumference line with this set screw. Understand this before you order. We cannot ship oars back and forth for exchange because of this cosmetic defect. Even with the deepest of gouges from the set screws, the shaft's strength is utterly unaffected and if they did ever break at this point on the shaft, they are fully warrantied.
If you want two-piece Sawyer shafts we do stock this size most of the time. We can order other sizes but Sawyer's lead time is always long. Sawyer shafts are yellow (they make black, and the white shown in the photo above as well, but both are very hard to find if you drop them in the river).
One-piece Shaft for 10' size Polecat oar: $129 each, for orders of two or three. Shopping cart prices are for orders of two or more shafts, no singles. Oversize UPS fees apply.
Reliable and quick inflation for you raft or kayaks
Footcones for PVC rafts
If we ever have time to get back to our sewing machine we may be able to offer our own, somewhat less expensive cones. For now we stock pvc footcones from Whitewater designs. They are $18 each; if you order six or more we will deduct one dollar per cone from your total. The shopping cart won't reflect that though.
Please give us a first and second color choice; mostly we carry light gray and blue in the pvc cones.
Dirty Devil is an American manufacturer in Utah that produces heavy duty Kayaker's and Rafter's throwbags with the bottom halves reinforced with 1000 denier cordura. The Rafter's Throwbag has 70' of yellow 3/8" floating rope and is $45. This is one of the best deals you will ever find on throwbags, trust us!
We've discontinued our own throwbags for the most part. We simply can't make them for what we buy the Dirty Devil bags below for, and regular business and website maintenance eats too much time to leave leftover hours for playing on our trusty industrial sewing machine.