Originally Posted by catboatkeith
Cataraftgirl, if you didn't have the mesh floor underneath, your other floor would easily be a body entrapment problem in a major thrashing, not to mention "leg problem". I would personaly lose both floors and make some scout pads like what your frame is sitting on the lawn. Floors give me chills!
I did like the scout bars on my old frame. They were relatively wide for standing on, but I could still fit thru the opening.....well mostly..... probably could have dislocated a shoulder going through in a thrashing. My rafting partner hated that frame. He worried constantly about me breaking a leg every time I'd drop down to push off. He has 20 years of rafting experience, so I didn't want to discount his worry totally.
I have my dry box in the bay in front of my footbar, so there isn't that much space between the floor board and the dry box. Certainly enough for a foot or leg. I would love to figure out a way to turn 2 of my NRS side rail racks into scout platforms, but attaching them is a problem on an NRS frame. The NRS spreader bars are a PITA to put on. Adding two small cross bars would mean LoPros poking into the tubes.
I've come to like having a sturdy floor to stand on for scouting, and for loading my boat. I'm still working on the best set-up. I mostly run class III - IV multi-day trips ( Main & Middle Fork Salmon, Deso, San Juan).