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Old 12-07-2015   #1
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AIRE - Cougar - Grand Canyon trip

I have an original AIRE Cougar cataraft that I am rigging for a Grand Canyon float. I was hoping there were some people still rowing Cougars that might share some advice or pictures of their rigs. I have searched through all the old threads and have come across a few decent set ups. I would really like to find a way to rig it so that I could get a passenger up front. Here is what I am working with.
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Old 12-07-2015   #2
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I sure do like cougar's. Since they are usually kept dormant, they sneak up and surprise you....

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Old 12-07-2015   #3
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I just built one of these for my uncle to fish the New in WV. We used marine plywood up front and behind the rower. Strapped it to the frame. Drilled one inch holes in different location. Those boats are pretty stable so dry boxes and all the gear can sit above the tubes. I wish I had some pics of it. We put an 8" seat riser under the rower's seat.
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Old 12-07-2015   #4
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I would definitely go wider between the tubes.

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Originally Posted by Sembob View Post
I would definitely go wider between the tubes.

Wider for sure!
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Old 12-07-2015   #6
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Here's mine...

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Old 12-08-2015   #7
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Here's my Cougar set up for Grand Canyon - actually in House Rock...
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Old 12-08-2015   #8
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I have a cougar and have been thinking of building two boxes to span across the frame. With the seat in the middle, I would have one box across the front and one across the back. Both boxes would have lids. This way you can store everything inside the boxes and avoid the strap-o-rama required with rigging a cougar. Of course one of the boxes would have to be deep enough to afford the storage of coolers. You will see in the previous photos of how high the stuff is. Why not have it all in a box? This is just an idea that I though of when looking at my cougar a week ago.

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Old 12-08-2015   #9
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Alaskans love Aire products. Always good information regarding pumas, cougars, leopard, and lions. Even the NrS Kodiak. Cool raft names.
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Old 12-08-2015   #10
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My buddies that had one on the grand had identical coolers rigged lengthwise between the tubes fore and aft. Rocket boxes on their sides were rigged next to them on the decks and that made rower and passenger bench seats. Bags and such were rigged around those and behind the rower in a drop bay making a pile for a backrest. seemed to work well.

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