AIRE 156R Self-Bailing Raft

Color: Lime Green
Style: Laced Floor
Sale price$5,824.00

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The Aire 156R Self-Bailing Raft is an all-purpose, expedition sized raft and the most popular of our bigger raft designs. It’s not too small for the Grand Canyon and not too large for the occasional paddle raft party trip down your favorite big river. It’s an especially popular outfitter raft because of its tried and true reputation.

What makes the AIRE 156R special?
  • Large Tubes: With a 22″ tube diameter all the way around the boat, the 156R has classic raft handling with extra stability in big water.
  • Long Waterline: We’ve designed the 156R to have a long waterline and it tracks like it. Point it in a direction, give it some gas and it will stay on course.
  • Carrying Capacity: The 156R can handle a sizeable 3-bay frame, a pile of gear, and an extra passenger or two. The 156R is a comfortable, convenient raft for those who like to row from one big beach to the next

AIRE 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:

  1. Field repairs are much easier and more effective since you can access the air chamber by unzipping the PVC outer skin.
  2. You can patch holes in the outer skin from the inside, making a more effective watertight seal and a less noticeable patch.
  3. Leaks are extremely uncommon since wear and tear on the outside of the boat doesn't directly affect its ability to hold air.
  4. 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 raft floors are attached to the tubes (the raft collar) by lacing them in with rope. The "Unlaced" models do not come with the floor pre-installed but include the rope you'd need to do it yourself.

We want to ensure that you are getting the best gear, with the best service, at the best price!

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