NRS Otter Rafts – Better Value for Casual Users
The NRS Otter rafts with self-bailing floors offer durability and reliability in a wide and stable design.
A Look at the Rafts
The Otter 140 is a best-selling 14-foot raft that has three main tubes to keep it afloat in case of an emergency, a self-bailing floor with quick-draining holes, twelve 2" stainless steel D-Rings for tie down points, four EasyCarry™ handles. All NRS Otter rafts come with a 5-year retail warranty.
- Length: 14'
- Width: 7'
- Tube Diameter: 20"
- Center Compartment: 45"W x 52"L
- Frame Max Width/Length: 66"W x 82"L
- Kick/Rocker (Bow/Stern): 29"
- Weight: 126 lbs
- Capacity: 8-9 paddlers
- Self-Bailing Floor
- Air Chambers: 6
- Leafield C7 /A6 Pressure Relief Valves
- Weight/Denier: 41/1100
- Hull colors: Blue or Gray
- Warranty: 5 yrs Retail, 3 yrs Commercial
- Price: $3,750
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Materials Used on the Otters
Suitable for oar rigs, the 14-foot NRS Otter 140 has an I-beam floor, two-chamber tube construction, and an 82" maximum frame length that can accommodate any one of seven optional NRS Fishing Frames. High-quality Leafield™ C7 valves are on the tubes, thwarts and floor, and a Leafield A6 Pressure Relief Valve protects the floor from over-inflation.
The NRS BAT™ (Batten Attachment Thwart) system lets you add or remove the thwarts (pillow-shaped seats) to free up space, add more seating, change the location of the seating, or mount a rowing or fishing frame.
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The hull material of NRS Otter rafts is 1100-denier/41 oz. Pennel Orca®, which replaces Hypalon, the Chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CP) product that DuPont stopped making in 2010. Pennel Orca is the new standard for premium quality CP material. It is highly abrasion, UV and chemical resistant. It feels softer and more comfortable on the skin than a PVC hull, which can feel rock hard and isn’t as durable.
The bottom of the inflatable raft has 40-ounce HD40 floor armor, which make it easier to repair and further helps to guard the boat material from wear and tear, while Pennel Orca wear patches guard the tops of the tubes.
Other Lengths and the Fishing Packages
NRS Otter rafts come in several lengths including 12', 13', 14' and 15', with prices from $2,950 to $5,475. The 13' is the most popular raft, and the Otter 142 is the most popular size for fishing. Lengths and designs include:
- Otter 120 — 12'
- Otter 130 — 13'
- Otter 140 — 14'
- Otter 142 — 14'2"
- Otter 150 — 15'
- Otter 130 w/Fishing Frame Package — 13'
- Otter 142 w/Fishing Frame Package — 14'2"
What Rafters and Outfitters are Saying
Reviews on NRS inflatable rafts are outstanding because of the quality of the materials used and the reliability of the boats. That NRS is the choice of many rafting outfitters tells a lot about the reputation of the company and its rafts. If you need help deciding which size of the NRS Otter rafts to buy, or how to compare them to the E-Series, Otter Livery, and Revolution Rafts, use the handy Boat Spec Comparison Chart at the NRS website. Among the Otters, pay attention to the raft’s width (for example, the 14'2" raft is narrower than the 14'). The NRS Otters offer better value for casual users versus spending more on the professional Expedition boats, which can cost $1000 to $1500 more.
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