Blue Duck whitewater rafts are made to Blue Duck's designs and material specificationsfor New Zealand conditions. The new 2021 designs suit paddle and row rigged raft expeditions of one or two to seven days on our whitewater rivers. They are not over-sized for commercial day trips loaded with passengers on steep rivers, although they are built to commercial specs. They are computer designed and that file is transferred to the automatic fabric cutter. All joints and seams are welded.
We specify a superior fabric with high tear strength. High Tear Strength is important for floors, seams, especially for bigger powerful water, not just rocks. Our fabric is 70-80% higher in Tear Strength than a typical base model PVC raft. It’s not heavier as Tear and Tensile Strength is a factor governed by the fabric not the weight of the coating. PVC rafts are easier to repair than more exotic and expensive "Hypalon” rafts. They have good UV resistance and are fine for amateur and most professional uses.
Our prices for 2021 have risen considerably. This due to a high spec and massively increased freight prices. Se freight used to be US$50 and take 3 months. Now it is over US$300 and 5 months, so we airfreight them. Delivery times are now 5-6 weeks. We incorporate diminishing tube bow and stern into our designs. This offers benefits in improved forward visibility, less wind resistance, and additional interior space. For NZ amateur rafters you need a decent ''kick'' or bow rise and diminishing tubes allow this without the high stumpy bow that catches the wind and stops you dead in drops. Our bows make the raft more agile and responsive.
For rowed set ups the stern needs to be similar to the bow. Everyone we rented to and sold rafts to last summer commented on how our rafts were so responsive, so we have retained the basic shape and increased the width slightly. .
Custom designs are catered for. Anything from a kayak to a whitewater raft and beyond.
A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING: For new raft or IK sales prices are based on pick up from our base in Christchurch. Delivery to other places will be quoted to you once we are discussing details. Rafts weigh 50-80kg, and IKs weigh up to 25kg. Freight methods vary widely and we will arrange delivery at cost.
COLOUR CHOICE: There are many colour choices available to you. We will discuss these with you after we receive your order.
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