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Old 07-28-2011   #1
Vail, Colorado
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Wrapped a Hyside 13" boat, BAD! no damage

Wrapped a 13 foot, 2 year old hyside raft today, one of the worst wraps myself or any of the guides on the trip have ever seen. high tube was almost a foot under the water, low tube somewhere down by Elvis.

A very interested then very involved construction crew saw us..... long story short, got a 1 ton full size diesel pickup with a 15,000 lb winch on the front of it on the roadside. We wrapped webbing around the front left perimeter tube, through the holes in the glued in self bailing floor, carabinered that to our rope out of our NRS wrap kit, and attached the rope to the cable and winch.

The truck was sitting upsream slightly of the pinned boat, and about 50 vertical feet higher than the boat, perfect position for lifting the boat off the rock.

As we started winding in the winch, the boat was moving slightly, but the 12,000lb truck was being pulled sideways across dry pavement! I thought my boat was trashed. we continued to pull, the boat deformed and bent in ways a raft shouldn't, the truck was dragged close to three feet and almost rested on the guard rail when the boat popped off the rock.

The incredible part about this story is that the boat was absolutely unscathed. watching the forces put on that boat, and seeing it come out of the situation as good as it went into it, is a testament to the durability and quality of Hyside Inflatables products. Very impressive. We loaded guests back in it and continued down the river. Hyside's durability saved us alot of money we would have had to refund if the boat was wrecked and we could not continue the trip!

Without that truck and winch we would still be out there trying to get that thing un-pinned. Thanks to the great guys and gals at that construction crew!

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Old 07-28-2011   #2
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Glad everyone is safe and the boat made it too. I think you spent up all your good river karma bucks today though ha ha!

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Old 07-28-2011   #3
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Old 07-28-2011   #4
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That's awesome.
"We're gonna need a bigger boat"
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Old 07-28-2011   #5
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awesome story man. bet that was fun to watch!! yet another testament to hyside being the shit. mama always told me, ya get what ya pay for.
try that with a saturn. or even an nrs-e. go ahead. i dare ya!!

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Old 07-28-2011   #6
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Good stuff. Hyside is the best
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Old 07-29-2011   #7
Colo Springs, Colorado
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I hope I never test my Hyside's durability that way! I cringe a little when someone steps into it without rinsing the sand & grit off their shoes.
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Old 07-29-2011   #8
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Any pics of it being unwrapped?

That must have been a sight to see that truck sliding.
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Old 07-29-2011   #9
Land of Lovin, Colorado
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Originally Posted by rafterman View Post bravo or outfitter?
I'm betting an Outfitter - OP - which is it?
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Old 07-29-2011   #10
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Pretty impressive story on getting it unstuck!

Out of curiosity, how'd you get it that stuck?

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