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Old 01-14-2016   #1
 
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I bought one of these at Cascade River Supply in Boise last week.
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I'm excited to have a sweet river couch. However, I thought it would be fun to try and turn this into a boat. With a little bit of work I thought this could turn into a fun R2 paddle boat. I have a friend who took one down the Main Payette last summer. He said it was essentially like swimming the whole river. Most of the YouTube videos I've seen show them dumping the boaters out the front.



I thought that adding a couple of thwarts to the front might help stabilize it. Like this.
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But, how to attach them? Any other ideas?

I also thought it might be fun to mount it behind the rowers seat for day trips.


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I put one thwart in the center instead of two as pictured. It made a huge difference in the stability of the couch. It made it much more useable on the river though it is still a novelty. It still flips fairly easily and isnt the most maneuverable thing though a ton of fun.

I attached the thwart with card system thwart attachments.
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What is a card system?


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Don't know if this will work or not, but if I were trying to do this, I would glue on the NRS BAT thwarts.
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Do you have any pictures?


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Back To Back

What if you get another one and strap them together back to back? That ought to solve the balance issue.
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I thought of buying a second one. I didn't want to spend that much money. However, I'm beginning to wonder if that might not be the least expensive of the many options.


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Here's an idea: get a boat.
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I hear you on the cost. I guess it depends on the river and the riders. Despite the videos, I suspect these are meant for more of a lazy ride. I definitely wouldn't send my kids down anything swift on it as it is. And I personally wouldn't go beyond class II on it without substantial support. But what a crazy fun ride! If you can work it out with just one, I'd love to see it.
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Clarification: I meant to say that because of the design and even with the thwarts, I personally wouldn't feel stable enough for more than a float (kids) or class II (me). Cost issue aside, back to back would be a little less crazy but still great fun.

And better than a boat, imo. Unless you're trying to stay dry.
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