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Old 04-03-2012   #1
Denver, Colorado
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Running/Walking/Side Boards

Whatever they're called, I'd like to add walking boards to my 14" raft with an NRS Bighorn II Raft Frame. Any of you have advice and maybe some photos that I could build off of?

(Material, layout, ways to attach, anything to make them more functional)

All advice is greatly appreciated!


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Old 04-04-2012   #2
Boise, Idaho
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I would just get some 3/4'' plywood, chop, and drill appropriately for strapping to your frame rails/crossbars. Be careful of possible entrapment hazards.

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Old 04-04-2012   #3
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I use the NRS siderail racks. I use two sets of the 3 foot racks on my Cat, and like them. I can move them around, use two, use all four, or use none. Whatever I need. I've even put one across the back of my frame, attached to the rear Cat yoke.
Lots of cheaper ways to go, but I don't have the time/skills/tools/ make my own.
There was a thread about a month ago on this same subject with lots of ideas & pictures. Do a search for more info.
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Old 04-04-2012   #4
Helena, Montana
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Im looking for a good source of hdpe for some siderails.
Never get out of the boat
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Old 04-04-2012   #5
Beaverton, Oregon
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I preferred to make mine from 1/8" 3003 aluminum diamond plate, which was trimmed to fit over the tubes (the shop has a shear) and through-bolted to the frame with SS hardware. This is the best image I have handy:

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