The AIRE Super Puma raft is shown priced with NO THWARTS and this is the lowest priced configuration. Each thwart is about an additional $275. An additional price break of 5% is available for payments made via cashier's check. Call us for details. Made in USA.
The AIRE Super Puma 13' self bailing river raft is a fast, narrow (5'8" wide) raft ideal for paddle crews, or as an angler's driftboat, albeit without the need of a trailer that a normal dory mandates. As a paddle boat the Super Puma is most at home on tight, steep, low volume streams. The tubes taper at the ends of the hull from 18.5" to 13.5", making for a small surface area to punch waves with ease. It's also a bit hard on the tush to paddle captain from the very stern with the small pointy end shape. Super Puma's are stretched out 18" in length over the regular Puma, are 2" wider (5'8" instead of 5'6") and comfortably hold one extra person (five paddlers instead of four). There are three main tube chambers on the Super Puma. Another difference between the two models is that Super Pumas has 2" more rocker at the bow & stern than the Puma, and it tapers a bit more radically at the ends too, giving it that "elves shoe" look.
These come in yellow, orange, lime, red, blue, and dark green. Purple and two-tone grey's are also available by special order but often take a month or more to get. Super Pumas weigh 96 pounds with two thwarts. An extra thwart adds about four pounds.
If you want top performance from your Super puma, you shouldn't overload it. AIRE gives 986 pounds as the load capacity for this model. This is not entirely unreasonable, but if you really have five guys that average 200 pounds per in the Super puma river raft, it does bog down a bit. On the other hand, with five guys that are more in the 170 pound range, it works quite nicely. So we suggest 850 for top performance. With even less, this thing really moves.
Are you a fly fisherman or fisherlady? If you want a firmer, pancake flat floor to stand on while fishing, consider cutting out half-circle shaped plywood pieces for the bow & stern of your boat. Sand them, route the edges, and brush the wood with about 12 coats (we're kidding, but you can never have too much) of varnish. On the last coat on the top surface, you can sprinkle clean sand or rock polisher grit on the varnish as it dries to improve traction. Hardware stores also sell an adhesive-backed sandpaper type material by the foot that you can stick down to the wood. We know many of you will end up buying an expensive fishing frame for this boat, and our way does not provide a lean bar, but using the simple wood decks does allow you to stick with a much smaller, cheaper, lighter oar frame - one designed for whitewater.
For information on Sealed Floor Pockets for Super Pumas, see our separate page for that option.
*The shopping cart will try to add UPS but we will correct the total before grabbing the funds.
The toughest oar blade out there!
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.
Reliable and quick inflation for you raft or kayaks
Rafter's Flip Line Bagsare sold in pairs only
Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 6' (72"), and not eight and a half feet. It is 8-1/2 feet with the blade installed. 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. You can use a table saw to cut a thin slit lengthwise down the sleeve, or pay $3 extra per sleeve to order pre-slit ones from us. 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 so it is not something we really like to do.
(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 deep 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 will only be stocking them in the 9-1/2' and 10' sizes. We can order this size in two-piece but Sawyer's lead time is always long, and you end up with two very mismatched lengths on this short of a shaft. They are made so that the short half of the shaft WITH the blade installed equals the length of the other piece of the shaft. So the shorter half of the shaft in the case of the 8-1/2' ends up only being around 18" long, if that. 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).
Shopping cart prices are for orders of two or more shafts. Single oar/oar shaft orders need to be phoned in and are subject to a $10 handling fee. Also be aware that from this length up, UPS charges the 30 pound rate.
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.