The AIRE 143R Self-Bailing Raft is a workhorse of a 14 footer! With wide tubes and a non-diminishing profile, the 143R is built to carry a ton of weight without losing whitewater performance. This boat is ideal for those who have a large family that they bring on the water frequently, or for those who want to bring a lot of gear on a multi-day rafting trip. Despite its non-diminishing tube design, the 143R still has an aggressive bow and stern kick, which keeps this boat nimble, despite its size and width. While ideal as an oar rig, the design of this boat also makes it double effectively as a boat to run big water with a paddle crew. It truly is one boat that does it all!
*Thwarts sold separately*
AIRE and AIRE Tributary boats are designed based on a component system with urethane chambers ("AIREcells") that are separate from the rest of the boat, rather than chambers that are formed by the welded seams of the outer material of the raft. While this makes the boat a bit heavier, there are superior advantages to this system:
- Field repairs are much easier and effective, since you can access the air chamber by unzipping the PVC outer skin.
- You can patch holes in the outer skin from the inside, making a more effective watertight seal and a less noticeable patch.
- Leaks are extremely uncommon since wear and tear on the outside of the boat doesn't directly affect its ability to hold air.
- In the event that you really cause some damage to the inner air chamber, you can pull it out and replace it; you're not stuck with a patch that is responsible for holding air for the rest of the boat's life.
Well taken care of, these boats last longer than any other PVC boat out there! They are a great investment for a private boater looking for a quality setup at non-Hypalon prices.
Pro Tip: AIRE Floors are laced in with rope. These boats do not come with the floor installed unless you request it at time of order. There is a $150 lacing fee - Please let us know at time of checkout if you would like the floor installed!
*AIRE will make AIRE-Branded rafts and inflatable kayaks in 9 different colors. Certain colors are stocked, and certain colors have a several week build time for no extra cost. Check with us if you want a custom color not listed on our site!*