WOW!!!! Thanks guys and gals for all the great advise. Right now, unless I get a good deal on something used, I'm leaning toward a 12'6" Legend with the DRL River Gyspy frame. I think that will fit my needs great:
-Easier day trips with a passenger
-Getting after it on harder day trips by myself
-Still able to do overnight trips with gear
The only thing I'm worried about is the balance of the rig with a passenger in the back, but it sounds like if I move the frame up I should be ok. Thanks
Does anybody know off hand the lenght of the DRL Gypsy frame or the flat section of a 12'6" legend?
Originally Posted by oarframe
Hey blue, what are you thinking of running up here? Carson, Truckee, yuba?
Bout the only thing left this year is the American, which is fine in a 16. My bud runs it in an 18 cat all the time. Of course you could go to the round side and get a small raft for elf trips. pm me if you ever need company, good to know other buzzards on the east side.
Ya it has been a bad year for boating around the Sierra..... I want it to extend my season with the rivers around here, Carson, Truckee ect. I would like to do more tecnical rivers that my 16' couldn't do. Plus it is a pain sometimes to take my 16' and rig, move it around, ect for day trips. I also REALLY want to do the upper Owyhee and the Bruneau in the future. (Can't be next year because I will be on the Grand, unless it is a huge snow year or early or late melt) Always looking for new people to boat with.
Originally Posted by cravinmorehead
I had Dusty build my frame w/schedule 40 aluminum pipe(same diameter as NRS frame parts) so when I mount my passenger seat I use lowpro's w/a cross bar. This helps move the passanger to a more centered position, better weight distibrution and I move my frame forward 6"-8"...I have done 3 night Rogue trips w/my legend, I weight 315lbs and carry a canyon 90qt cooler and all of my own gear, just stack dry bags on tops of the tubes to balance weight...and now I'm trying to work out a front passanger module that the lowpro's will clamp to the front of the frame, so I have the option to move my passanger to the front, or back...
How does the lowpro w/a cross bar seat center the position more? Do you have pictures? I would like to see what you are working on.