Originally Posted by clankster
This has been a great thread!! I've learned tons and been throughly entertained! I am really leaning towards RMR and will likely pull the trigger in the next week or so. Now on to deciding on a frame. Thoughts?
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It's your thread, do with it what you'd like...
On a similar line to Paul7, the right frame is the one that gets you on the water and fits your needs. Fitting frames are the easiest to get into and adjust to fit your needs. But as my buddy greenwall will surely say, they are also easy to get wrong. There are certainly lots of people out there running F'd up setups.... There are plenty that come here seeking advice on how to fix some problem and there are usually kindly buzzards that work hard at helping them solve those issues. So go out and do some more research on this site... one thing it doesn't lack is information and opinions on frames.
You haven't talked much about your experience (unless I missed it), nor what your intended use will be. Those two things will really dictate what frame direction to head towards.
I'll start you with my story. I do a wide variety of things with my boat and I want it to be versatile. I only own one so I need modularity. I was able to design a mostly NRS frame that suits all of my needs. The best thing about it, was that it started as a simple Bighorn frame sitting on a 13'er. Now it's a double rail, 5 bay with a rear fishing trailer attachment sitting on a 15'er that is super comfortable to fish from and easy to rig for overnighters. I could very easily return it to it's original set up for use on another boat and I got on the water for minimal $.
I could have built my frame from any of the various fittings, I just used NRS because they were the most readily available to me. I'm sure if I were in Colorado it'd have started off as a DRE, AAA, RBW or what ever. Moving forward, I plan to replace portions of my rig with welded components to reduce weight and to simplify certain things,; so it really never ends.
Good luck to you, and sorry for dragging the thread into the weeds for a while.