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Old 01-29-2011   #1
Richmond, Virginia
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Cat frame length

I have a Aire Jag with a 72 x 120 NRS frame on it set up to fish from. I am getting ready to build a frame for ww. Its a pain in the butt to change back and forth between the setups and figure its much easier to just move the tubes back and forth.

My question is...What the shortest length frame I should go with? And what width would you go with.

It will be for day trips only on rivers up to class v

I wanna keep it a light as possible using the same pipe specs as the NRS tubing.

Thanks for any input

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Old 01-30-2011   #2
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I bent a inch and a half frame for a cat last year about the same size boat as yours. If my recollection is correct, the frame we came up with was about 97ish in length, which is about perfect for day trips. We added a 20 inch trailer on the back side for multiday trips, and still ended up less than 120. We were pretty close on the width, in fact, with 25 inch tubes, I think I ran out to 73 and a half. So far am reall happy with the setup.

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Old 01-30-2011   #3
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You might consider cutting your 120" side and bottom tubes, chopping them to the shorter length you decide on.

Then you could use aluminum joint plugs that NRS sells (and in fact there are four of them on sale in the NRS used gear site right now) to restore the frame to full length when you need it.

This would avoid the need for a complete second frame, and surely would keep your costs way down.

Just a thought....

Rich Phillips
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Old 01-30-2011   #4
Crested Butte, Colorado
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I would measure the distance from Dring up front, to dring in back, and go a few inches longer. If I remember correctly, they have lots of aluminum in Richmond.
I have a few different lengths of tubing that I run, 11' 10' and 8'. I have a leapord and a jag, and run everything from local 700cfs trips, to grand trips. I use the same yokes and bars for all of these setups.
I also run it as a paddle cat, with a 6' nrs mesh floor and 8' rails on the bottom of the yokes only- no top rail.
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Old 01-31-2011   #5
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Thanks for the replys.

Dring to dring is 96 in so I guess that is what I will go with.

Rob yeah plenty of aluminum around here. I can get 20 ft stick of the NRS type tube for 35 bucks
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