So I love my cheapo Intex Mariner. It has held up fantastically on the lazy river we've taken it on so far. But the one thing that completely sucks about it is the thwarts it came with.
They're these little inflatable seats that fit snugly in place. And while they're inflated, they're pretty comfortable, if not a bit low. However, I'm a 250 pound guy. Yeah mine didn't stay inflated for very long at all.
So I tried this ratty old camp chair I had.
That actually sat pretty comfortably for me, but it just didn't fit on the slatted floor quite right. It wasn't really that bad, but it annoyed me every once in a while.
So I got a new, cheap camp chair.
Same problem with the feet on the slatted floor, but at least this one has arm rests.
But there's gotta be something better than this for a halfway affordable price. There's no way I'm going to buy/build a frame for a 200$ raft. It would defeat the purpose of being able to store this thing in the closet anyway. But maybe something in between? Maybe some kind of thick, wide board across where my seat is, with a swivel boat chair on top? Heck, maybe even some other brand of camp chair would work better.
I know you guys have tons of experience with frames and rigging and what works and what doesn't. Do you have any suggestions for a thwart or seat for a cheapo raft like this?