The AIRE Puma Self-Bailing Raft is a true “play” raft! It’s the one you’ll bring out for day trips when you want to squeeze every drop of fun out of the river, eddy hopping and surfing holes the whole way down. The AIRE Puma is a classic that we’ve had over 30 years to develop and it’s never been better!
What makes the AIRE Puma Special?
- Narrow Beam: Beam is the boating term for width. The AIRE Puma has a narrow 5′ 6.5″ beam that lets it zip in and around technical rapids with ease.
- Length: We’ve kept it small and agile at 11’6” long.
- Built-in Performance: The AIRE Puma is designed to combine inflatable kayak-like performance with raft-sized capacity. Strap down a small frame or get a few buddies together and take it down the river for some serious R2-R4 rafting fun!
- Continuous Curve Design: The Puma, like all Puma series rafts, incorporates a continuous curve design, making it tough and durable while minimizing drag.
- Give your friends and family a fun splashy ride in the AIRE Puma!
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:
- Field repairs are much easier and more 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.
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.
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We've taken all of the guesswork out of putting together your dream rig. Follow the steps in our guide to learn how to properly measure your raft to fit a frame, choose your seat, oar towers and oarlocks, how to properly size your oars, and how to determine which accessories you may need.View the Guide
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