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Inflatable rafts are truly versatile little platforms for just about any type of acitivity you do that requires "something that floats".
I own both a inflatable kayak and an inflatable raft. And while I find the inflatable kayak to be a bit more versatile for my particular needs, there is no doubt that inflatable rafts have there own little place too.
Inflatable rafts have several benefits, not the least of which is incredible capacity (1000 pounds or more), safety (5 different air chambers gurantees the raft never sinks, no matter what you do to it) and versatility (Sea Eagle rafts have terrific upgrades available).
All said and done, inflatable rafts are darn good boats for fishing on rivers and lakes (if you use a motor). And they work well for floating Class III whitewater too.
So if you need a versatile boat that does numerous things quite well, and an inflatable kayak doesn't meet your needs, give serious thought to an inflatable raft.
Be sure to view the Inflatable Kayak v. Inflatable Raft page for helpful information about what kind of boat to get if you are unsure. You may also want to read about Inflatable Raft Benefits and Limitations page, too, just to make sure your boating needs match what these rafts provide.
I'll never forget the story of a friend who bought a camo covered inflatable raft at Walmart. He used it for hunting waterfowl on a Montana river. On his first day out the boat developed a tear in the bottom while he was on a remote waterway in Montana. The result wasn't happy. He ended up hiking a very long ways in very wet clothing in rather chilly weather - leaving the remanants of his boat behind. Needless to say, the hunting trip wasn't enjoyable!
And really, that sums things up on inflatable raft quality. The world consists of many inexpensive inflatable rafts. However, these rafts can be divided into two categories - those that are good (and thus float and will last many, many years) and those that are bad (and will be lucky to last a season).
Where can you find these cheap inflatable rafts? Simple, go to K-Mart or Walmart of some such place. You'll find plenty of rafts around $150 or so. And you know what, these work ok for the kids to play in on a pond or something.
However, never, ever take these rafts into remote areas or on longer river floats (and this includes long day trips, too). These cheap inflatable rafts are cheap for a reason - they are poor quality! And they will almost certainly fail you at a critical time.
I've travelled hundreds of miles in my Sea Eagle 8 raft in all sorts of weather and through all sorts of water. And yet it hasn't developed a hole or a leak. And on top of that, my raft cost only about $100 more than the junk at Wal-Mart.
So, if you are serious about floating rivers in a raft, do yourself a favor and get a good one. In the end, you'll be happy you did.