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rea11139

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Hi all,

We are looking into buying a SOAR canoe. The boat has been used regularly (<10x/year) but looks like it is in great shape (never patched). How long do SOARs last until they are worn out? Would you advice to buy an 11 year old boat?

Thanks for your advice
AU
dennisRI

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Have had mine about 10 years.  Heavily used first five or six years, much less recently.  I'd ask whether uv protectant was regularly applied - if it was in the sun a lot.  Also examine valves and ask whether they've been a problem for current owner.  My floor valve blew out a few years ago.  But the valves are easily replaced provided you carry back up. I think the valve design changed a few years ago so be sure you can get proper replacements from owner or SOAR.  I never had a puncture problem despite ramming into a good number of rocks and tree branches over the years so never had to patch.  If the unit you're looking at is patched check the integrity of the repair.  And again, make sure you have the proper repair kit in case of future punctures. Good luck.

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Dennis M. Loudon
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Hi
SOARs can last a long time. It depends on how much use and how hard it was used.  Upkeep or maintenance is usually minimal, but using 303 or UVTech regularly will keep the hypalon nourished and fresh.
What to look for?  How is the air retention?  There should not be many issues, but if there are some dings where the hypalon or neoprene coating have some divots down to the fabric, there may be some leaks.  Is the hypalon cracked at all when you look closely?  This might be a sign of little UV protection used.
I know people who have purchased 20 yr old SOARs and they are still in great shape.
What are you going to do w/ your SOAR?  This may also be a factor.
What yr was it built and how much do they want for it?
Larry
rea11139

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Hi Larry,

Thanks for your message. Great advice. We are planning a couple river trips per year with our family. The person who is selling to boat wants a little more than half of what they paid for it in 2005. Seems too high for me. What do you think would be appropriate?

AU
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