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Old 09-10-2009   #1
Angel Fire, New Mexico
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Thwart with a Frame

I am working on designing a new frame for my 15 ft Aire Raft. I am looking at adding a dry box and I am wondering if I can eliminate all the thwarts. Is this a good idea or doable? Thanks

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Old 09-10-2009   #2
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Yes. You can dump the dump the thwarts. Especially if you fill the space with coolers, dry boxes, et al.

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Old 09-10-2009   #3
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Standard practice when running a full frame for carrying gear. The frame makes up for the loss of stiffness that happens when removing the thwarts.
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Old bucket boats needed thwarts for structure to hold the tubes in the correct position when they didn't have a frame. Any boat with a decent frame doesn't need thwarts. I often paddle raft my 14 ft Maravia without thwarts when I am too lazy to put them back in. It works fine.
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Old 09-11-2009   #5
Land of Lovin, Colorado
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I never put my thwarts in when the frame's going on the boat, they just take up room and are in the way of the cooler and drop-bag.
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Old 09-19-2009   #6
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Take the Belt and Suspenders approach. Glue 4 D Rings on the inside of your boat, attach your frame to those as well as the outside D Rings.

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