RMR 13' Self Bailing Raft, Lace-in Floor

RMR 13 SB Self Bailing Whitewater Raft, Lace-in Floor
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Price: $2,749.00
Manufacturer: RMR rafts
Shipping Weight: 135.00 lbs




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RMR 13 SB Whitewater Raft is one of the very best values out there on a mid size raft, and it now comes standard with three thwarts. This boat cannot go by UPS, so we need to discuss the details of your motor freight delivery. Call us at 925-820-BOAT to place your order.

Please note that a drop-stitch floor version of this raft is also available for an extra $600. Anglers may prefer this flatter, stiffer floor for casting (without having to utilize heavy casting platforms n their rowing frames), and class IV & V paddlers will appreciate the handling improvement and shallower draft the drop-stitch bottom provides.

RMR 13 SB Raft – Outfitter Worthy Quality and Strength!

The pin system that holds each RMR thwart in place is convenient, and each thwart is beveled on the ends. This integrates them better to the main hull and when passengers sit on them, and it spreads the load to the thwart ends rather than just to the attachment points.

More importantly, the floor design has improved several times over the last three years, incorporating some tapering of the floor I-beams near the bow & stern, and the edges. This is of course takes more time for floor construction, but it results in better handling and smoother edges all around. From the sides, decreasing the floor edge protrusion allows current to slide under the boat, and the raft to react less to both swift downstream water and to powerful eddies. At the bow and stern, it simply makes for a faster raft since the underside is less bumpy.

A couple other things to mention are that Rocky Mountain will be migrating to the new Leafield D-7 valves this year, and the actual thickness of the floor near the center of the 12’, 13’, 14’, and 16’ rafts has increased. This last detail is important to understand if your drybox or cooler protrudes down much more than 10” below the frame bars. In some cases this is certainly adjustable if you use standard camlock straps, but if your cooler has a taper on the two long sides and tends to drop between fixed position bars until it stops, that may mean you are more like 12” below the frame bars.

The total depth of any raft will increase as the side tubes get bigger. On the 16’ RMR, you are looking at maybe 12.5”, on the 14’ about 10 to 11”, on the 13’ maybe 9.5”, and on the Rocky 12’ as little as 9”. If you have an existing frame and/or cooler and drybox, measure first to avoid problems.

Construction Method for RMR 13 SB Raft

Rocky Mountain rafts (a.k.a. RMR), catarafts, and inflatable kayaks have come a long way over the last seven years. The feedback has been terrific and this company strives to make improvements both large and small every season. There are many imported pvc brands on the market, but 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 boats have welded tube seams, floor I-beams, floor edges, D-rings, and bulkheads. In addition to the main overlaps, RMR also welds seam tape over both the interior and exterior side of each tube joint. This double taping is something that some pvc boat manufacturers don't bother with, yet a lack of seam tape often means their inflatables have air retention that is less than stellar, especially as they 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.

Individual pieces of the Rocky Mountain boats are not scissored out one at a time with hand-traced cookie cutter patterns the way some boat makers still do it. Instead they are cut en masse with computer controlled machines like the AIRE's and Tributary's. 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.

RMR 13 SB River Raft's Hardware and Fabric

Most sizes of the RM rafts have ten stainless D-rings outside (& two more facing inward at the bow and stern), and six of these D-ring patches also have lift handles. Three removable thwarts and 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 those extra layers also make any raft that has them a bear to roll up.

Another important detail about boats from the Rocky Mountain factory is that they not only produce them from the ground up, they also make the material they are built with. This gives a far higher degree of quality assurance than you can get from Asian boat makers who have to buy pvc or rubber from an outside source.

Laced in Floors and RMR Warranty

A surprising feature of the RMR boats is that all sizes 12’ and up have lace-in floors, not permanently mounted ones. Should something happen to your floor, your can remove it & 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. Warranties on all RMR boats are five years. If you want to check lead times on an RMR, email us your zip code and we'll give you a close idea. The worst case should be five to seven business days.

RMR 13 SB Specifications and delivery details

The 13' self bailing RM raft is a 6'3" wide with the thwarts inflated (or an inch less without them), and it has generous 20" side tubes. All Rocky Mountain rafts 12’ and up have four main chambers, plus the thwarts & floor. The 13' RMR weighs roughly 139 pounds with all three thwarts. The thwarts are not heavy but removing them shaves off about 10 pounds. We know this is a weighty raft for it’s size, but all that extra reinforcing material comes at a price.

* The RMR Rafts have Free Shipping for Commercial (non-residential) destinations in the lower 48. They can also be picked up at the shipper's nearest terminal. Note that this raft has to be shipped via motor freight, not UPS, and having it sent to a residential address can get very expensive. Commercial addresses are always preferred whenever possible, especially since the driver will not leave the raft at your house if you are not home. And they will charge a steep re-delivery fee if this does occur. If your raft has to be sent to a house, we charge the difference between commercial and residential fees, which with some freight companies can exceed $100.

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