The best value out there, RMR SB 16, on a commercial grade sixteen foot raft! There have been lots of important improvements to the RMRs the last few years, including flatter, tapered floors that fit tighter against the side tubes. The welded area of each D-ring has increased, 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. Beveled thwarts are held in with a simple pin system, making them easy to remove.
Please note that this raft has to be ordered by phone. It's way too huge and way too heavy in for UPS, so we need to hammer out the details of your motor freight delivery. Free shipping is for commercial addresses in the lower 48 only. Call us at 925-820-BOAT Monday through Saturday to place your order.
Rocky Mountain inflatable rafts have grown & improved at a higher rate of speed than any boat company we've seen. 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 Chinese import brand (after AIRE's Tributary line) with welded seams, floor I-beams, and bulkheads. D-rings & all attachments are also welded. 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 overlaps 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 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.
Most sizes of the RM rafts have twelve stainless D-rings, and if you need more we usually stock plenty. Six of the twelve D-rings also have lift handles incorporated into them. Frame chafers cover most of the tube top. Three removable thwarts 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.
Wrap-up floor overlaps and frame chafers are glued even on the Rocky Mountain boats, because there is no other way to adhere large panels of material. Does the five year warranty cover frame chafers if they come loose? Within the warranty period, if large portions of a chafer or floor wrap-up came loose, yes they will cover it. So far that has never happened.
RMR's 16' self bailing raft has 22" main tubes and is 7'6" wide if both thwarts are blown up tight. If the thwarts are not in the boat, it will be between 7'4" and 7'5" wide, so use those numbers for frame measurements. You must subtract 1" to 2" from the widths of almost all brands of rafts if neither thwart will be inflated.
All Rocky Mountain rafts have four main chambers, plus the thwarts & floor. Raft interiors are light grey, with blue, red, or gray main tubes. Other colors occasionally available are yellow, orange, military green, and lime green.
One of the most surprising features of 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.
Also note that a drop-stitch floor version of this raft is also available for an extra $750.
Warranties on all RMR boats are five years.
This size ships via motor freight. As mentioned up at the top, we strongly prefer to have these sent to business addresses whenever possible to ensure the lowest shipping costs for you, and to make sure someone is there to sign for the raft when it arrives. Residential deliveries will incur and additional cost to you and truck drivers won't leave parcels at your house if you are gone, so please keep this in mind. Many of them will also hit you up for a re-delivery fee if they do have to come back a second time. Delivery time should be no more than eight business days.
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.
Caviness Standard Paddles come in 5' lengths at $30, and also 5'6" size which is listed separately. Shafts on the Standards are fully covered in plastic so they weigh a tad more than the Basic's in ths section. We usually carry the 5' size in a black shaft - yellow blade combo as shown. Occasionally we'll have other colors, and we are happy to order other color combinations IF you want 12 or more. The Caviness raft/canoe paddles have a thicker, stronger blade than either the Carlisle Econo or Carlisle's standard grade, which we are no longer carrying. In fact, the blades are about as tough as those on the newer Carlisle commercial grade, but at a much better value.
As of mid-March we are pretty low on this 5' size, so if you need a lot please phone us before going to the shopping cart.
Please read the information regarding shipping on paddles in the Oar/paddle introduction.
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.
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Footloops for rafts are available in PVC and rubber; the Hypalon footloops cost more (14.50 each) and are special-order only so they are not on our shopping cart. Footloops are less expensive than footcones, and generally hold one's foot more securely; the down side is that the danger of foot entrapment is increased. Back in our rental days, one raft that was equipped with these flipped during a high flow on the American River in the Sierra foothills. A women who had jammed her foot in a loop all the way up to her ankle bone actually broke her foot in the flip. Be careful. Specify brand and color of raft and we'll do our best. Footloops are 4 X 12-1/2" oval.
PVC Footloops are $9.50 each. If you order six or more we will deduct one dollar per loop from your shopping cart order. We haven't figured out how to do this automatically on the cart yet - we're still learning with this new site, sorry!
Large See-Thru Drybag. Reinforced SeeThru Bags provide a nice way to always know what's inside each bag. The clear sides of the See-Thru's are made with a vinyl that has 1/4" spaced scrim inside the clear material. The Large size SeeThru bag is 11.5" X 23" and costs $34. These are "lock-top" style bags where you roll the top down, and bring the male & female fastex buckles around and snap them together.
These are the brand new version of the Canyon from MTI. We won't be getting the newer versions of the Youth size until later this Summer. We still have plenty of the previous year's Youths for now.
Although the basic pattern of MTI's Canyon type 5 rafting jacket has not changed, many cosmetic and durability details have been addressed compared to the 2010/2011 version of this lifevest. For one thing, all the exterior nylon has been beefed up to a 400 denier ripstop fabric, and the areas most likely to stain have been changed to a black color. And all of the 2012's we're carrying will be a three-tone color. This small/medium size is orange/blue/black. Very soft, high grade foam is used for the front and wrap-around side panels, with a somewhat stiffer foam in back. The logos are also now attractively woven onto the vests.
The Canyon is a terrific compromise between the features of the old America's Cup Ultrafloat & Rogue models (America's Cup/Wellington is long out of business). A very important feature on the Canyons is the bottom-most of the four straps, running below the actual foam This allows you to snug it far more securely than almost any other type V. The Canyon also incorporates split cells in the back panel, and front foam blocks that are slit horizontally 2/3 of the way up the chest. Both these features increase your ability to bend forward or backward when paddling & rowing.
These come in two adult sizes (plus the Youth size, which is listed separately in this section of our site). The chest sizing shown on the jacket interior for the small-medium is 30" to 40", but in actual testing here we have found this size will cinch as small as 29" with no problem, and it goes up to a full 43" on the chest if you loosen all three pairs of straps on both sides. So it and the large-xl overlap somewhat, which is good if your paddle crew droids come in varying body sizes. The small/medium has 25-1/2 pounds of buoyancy and the l/xl has about 26.5.
One other thing to note is that the Canyon vest is perhaps the warmest type V we've ever checked out, which may or may not be a good thing depending where you boat. With the very secure bottom strap though, you can unbuckle the upper straps in the calm stretches to cool off. The Canyon is one of the most comfortable type 5's and the best at staying where it belongs on your torso.
As of this update, we do still have a handful of yellow 2011 Large/XL size Canyons for $99 if you wish to save a little cash. Call us on the phone if you want those.
Please note that the actual length of this shaft is 6-1/2' (78"), and not nine feet. It is 9 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: (!) 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 so it is not something we recommend you try to do. (2) The little set screw that helps hold the handle in protrudes from the shaft a bit. This is important because it means almost every Sawyer shaft has some degree of marring that occurs during shipping because of these set screws. They may have anything from fairly minor scuffs to deeper rubs near the handle end. Please understand this before you order because we won't ship oars back and forth for exchange because of this cosmetic defect. Even with the deeper scratches 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 9' ends up only being around 24" 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 must be phoned in and are subject to a $10 handling fee. UPS charges for 30 pounds on this size due to the box length.
Rafter's Flip Line Bagsare sold in pairs only
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.
Reliable and quick inflation for you raft or kayaks
An Overnight Aluminum (six piece, holds one cooler or one drybox) has longer side bars than the Day Frame on our site. The two adjustable cross bars in front of the footrest bar are for strap-mounting a cooler or drybox (straps not included). You cannot haul both a cooler and have a second seat mount at the same time, but a passenger could sit on the cooler. 68" long, in widths starting at 48" & increasing in 6" increments.
Note: for about the same price as the standard "Overnight", one smart option is to substitute one extra foot bar in place of the two straight front bars (the ones the cooler is nestled in, in our photo). You mount this second foot bar at the very front end where the forward straight bar is in the picture. Cut (and varnish) a piece of 3/4" plywood that spans across the low part of the two foot bars, but make it almost as wide as your raft interior. Cut notches out at the corners for a tight fit. Drill two holes each (or route notches) through the front & back edge of the plywood deck about 1.5" in from the edge. These four holes will allow you to run camlock straps down through them, around the underside of the low parts of the two footrest bars, and back up over the top of the cooler or drybox, and down & our again through the opposite holes or notches. In other words, you will need two long cam straps about 9', and they will go back and forth over the top of the cooler lid.
Now, you have a deck to sit your cooler on, making loading easier and often - if your cooler isn't too wide - leaving leftover space for a 20 caliber rocket box or the like. Decked frames are easier to load, though it does take some labor to fit, sand, and varnish the plywood. For those who don't know, most plywood other than that ratty OSB product now use waterproof adhesive, so official "marine" plywood is no longer needed.
Specify you raft size, and also please read the information about shipping costs in the introduction to this rowing frame section.
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