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Green Your Rafting Trip -- Gear

Posted Aug 23 2008 10:26pm

Rafting No need to worry about exhaust as you shoot through the rapids--deltoids burn pollution-free. But while your craft may lack a tailpipe, its basic materials (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, and other plastics) have a significant impact on the environment. You'll be hard-pressed to find a worthy vessel made from renewable resources, so reuse and recycling offer the keys to greening your gear. Start your search for gently-used gems here:

  • The Boat People offers used kayaks and other gear, including a ten-year-old 12'5" Incept W38 going for less than half of its original $3,000 price tag.
  • Paddling.net has classified ads for canoes, kayaks, and paddling accessories, such as a Necky Chatham 18. At just two-years-old, it's in like-new condition and selling for $1,700. Want to check the stuff out before you buy? You can sort your search results by state and find items close to home.
  • Northwest River Supplies' Gear Swap specializes in equipment for budget boaters, letting you buy items outright or barter with other users. We found a tandem, self-bailing inflatable kayak with a well-done bombproof patch for just $650.

Once you’ve made your purchase, don’t forget to fill ’er up – with air!

--Josh Stephens

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