Wisdom is not found in the years but in the miles.
And we have certainly seen a few float underneath our boats. From Tierra Del Fuego to the Yukon, from Siberia to Phantom Ranch people have sat in our boats and spoke Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Turkish, Spanish, Quebecquois, a few African tribe dialects - and coast to coast all over our great United States of America.
We have been around just over 30 years, but more important - we've just plain been around.
We've listened and kept an open mind so we could see what was possible, and what was not, what worked, and what could be better. Sat in eddies and listened to our friends sign praise, and sometimes belly-ache. And then we came home to Southwestern Oregon as always, and we worked on building an ever better boat. One that performs on the highest level, takes harder hits, and looks more lovely pulled up on the beach.
We've been first many times.
SOTAR designed and built the first self-bailing floors - the performance innovation that allowed many a first descent. And while there was a time when skeptics laughed and pointed, it is now the industry standard. We've had a few other firsts as well: CAD design, thermo-welded seams and the continuous curve cataraft tube designs, our exclusively developed lightweight heavy duty Urethane / Lexatron boat fabric we have been using since 1987, welded seams with no glue in the construction of our boats since 1992,
No, we've never minded going first.
But alas, the cleanest run often requires the bolder line - and we decided long ago to design and build accordingly.