Thatís awesome, it looks like a wonderful fishing craft and Iíll bet itíll go many, many more years. If I was looking for a new inflatable, Scaddenís would be right up there.
My wife and I have two of the earliest Buckís Bullets to have rolled off the line in Idaho. After 21 years of flawless use, I sent mine back up and they replaced the primary valve on the poly urethane bladder with a new version. That was a couple of years ago and other than fabric color fading some over the years, she still looks and rides like she should.
Which really isnít saying that much, because on rare occasionís Iíve come across the same groovin' old dude fishing the east slope pass lakes with one of those old Del Canty round tubes that predates my Bullet by a good long stretch.
Over two decades ago when I purchased them, they seemed pricey. Well they were, when compared to what was available at the time, but in reality theyíve cost around $14.00 per year to own. Thatís something for someone looking to buy their first inflatable to keep in mind. If they last, they cost next to nothing to own.
Admittedly, I havenít used mine everyday for over twenty years, but it is amazing how well some inflatable fishing craft perform, if used and then cared for. Because of the 2,000 t0 7,000 foot elevation changes often involved in a days outing, we donít have a choice about backing off the air pressure to about 25% during transport. Theyíve never been stored in our garage, to keep them from long term exposure to extreme heat and cold. But theyíve been fished through falling snow and blazing 100 degree plus temps.
Iíve got to fly - on my to Idaho this morning to pick up our new drift boat. See, it never stops.
Hereís to many more years of great fishing in your Scadden, TT