We Don’t Have Any Used Catarafts In Stock
NRS has carried quality cataraft tubes for many years. Occasionally, we have used cataraft tubes for sale. It’s best to check back often; these used catarafts go quickly.
In the meantime, feel free to look below at some of our in stock cataraft offerings.
How to Evaluate Used Cataraft Tubes from a Third Party:
Did a used cataraft from a third-party seller catch your eye? Here are some of the things to keep in mind before finalizing the purchase.
- Cataraft tubes may come with a Hull Identification Number, or a simpler serial number. With either one, the last two numbers give you the year of manufacture.
- If the owner doesn’t know the tubes’ history, and they are NRS tubes, you can check with us to see if they are in our database.
- First, look at the tube material. You want it to be smooth and supple. Cracks and badly faded areas can be a sign of poor maintenance or sun damage.
- Cataraft frames come in contact with the material in multiple places. Check for any wear spots.
- Make sure they hold air. If you can, go over the tubes with soapy water in a spray bottle to find any leaks.
- The tubes should have two or more air chambers. Check to see that each chamber holds air. A blown baffle between chambers is very difficult to fix.
- D-rings are vital for securing the tubes to the frame. Make sure they’re all in good condition. Also look at handles and make sure the seam tape is intact.
- If there are repair patches, check to see if they’re securely glued down. We can help you if they need work.
- Inflation valves are a common source of leaks; be sure to check them out. We carry high-quality, common valves. There are many different valves out there, and it can be difficult to find repair parts and valve adapters for the more obscure ones.
- You can always contact us with questions about a used purchase. We’ll help you if we can.