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Old 03-15-2015   #11
Rainy Northwest, Washington
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If you are looking at steel, expedition-type frames, recretec or DRL will hook you up within a 90 minute drive of ridgefield. I have recretec 4-bay with a trailer frame has been bomber.

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Old 03-16-2015   #12
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I was new to cats when I put together my Jag. We were running the tight and tech rivers of MT, ID and CO at the time and now we live in the SW doing the Colorado, San Jaun, Yampa and are planning on tbe Salt and Verde ect.

We bought a NRS 72"x120". I've practically worn the the nuts and u-bolts out changing it around so many times. It's been rigged sparse and it been rigged geared and heavy. Rowed front, back and center.

It's been a good experience IMO. After a few years of turning bolts and sliding bars, switching seats, coolers, drybox's, plywood decks, trampolines and passengers around.

I almost feel like I know what I would want in a welded frame

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Old 03-16-2015   #13
Salida, Colorado
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Don't forget about Riverboat Works down here in rivertown Salida. Great folks and have had great experience with their frames.
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Old 03-18-2015   #14
Ridgefield, Washington
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Thanks for the information... Got in contact with a few guys. For the record Canyon actually returned my original call yesterday.
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Old 03-18-2015   #15
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You'd think that with how busy Canyon is with new orders and pushing frames out the door as fast as they can make em, it might make just a little sense to hire a person to man the phones... customer service is kinnnda important.
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Old 03-18-2015   #16
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I always thought Orto was their customer service?!?!
Future owner of AIRE Wave Destroyer w/MadCatr Frame
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Old 03-19-2015   #17
Rosa, At the bottom of the Lake
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Sorry for Intruding

Forgive my intrusion. I have been a long time listener, but first time caller on the Buzz. I enjoy the antics and down right frank discussions every morning over coffee. This is the first time I have felt the need to post, since the topic is near and dear to my pocket book, and truthfully I'm very concerned.

I have had a Canyon boat on order for a year. They cashed my deposit check on March 11 2014. They have been unresponsive to phone calls and e-mails for over three months. No radical changes to plans, no funky requests just a stock well made American boat. I have almost given up hope of ever seeing a boat or my deposit again… Since this and a Oregon Board are the only place I've seen life from CWI I thought I would try.

Please again forgive my intrusion.

Be smart with your money, some lessons are down right spendy.

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Old 03-19-2015   #18
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How much do they require for a deposit?

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Old 03-19-2015   #19
Hood River, Oregon
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Yes, Dave from Madcatr makes the best frames in the business - especially if you're into Class V expedition style trips. The only downsides are that they're probably the most expensive and have long wait times.

Dusty at DRL make beautiful frames that are well designed, more affordable, and available.

Both Dusty and Dave are great guys who are legit boaters.
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Old 03-19-2015   #20
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1500 smackers. Industry standard, 50% (-ish)

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