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Old 12-07-2013   #1
Albany, Oregon
Paddling Since: 2002
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best placement for foot cups.

So I'm looking to add some foot cups to my raft. I have a 13' Aire Tributary. I was hoping to get you folks' opinion on how many you would add and what would be the best placement for them. Along with any tips on a solid and clean install method. Don't want them to pull of or look ugly. thanks for any advice!

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Old 12-09-2013   #2
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Charleston, West Virginny
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Who are the footcups for, you or passengers? Are you rowing or R2-4-etc or paddle guiding?

I have 2 footcups in the front of my boat each angled out slightly (so one for both a left andf right passenger). My passengers really like em for the big stuff. I know some who have one in the back to paddle-guide with, but some don't like that so much...

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Old 12-09-2013   #3
River City, Oregon
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I have added 4 foot cones to my current raft. 2 in the front, and 2 in the center compartment of a 2 thwart raft for the "third row" of paddlers. The second row and last row (including guide) all use the thwarts for foot holds. This is for a paddle raft setup with as many as 8 paddlers. A foot cone for the guide position is unnecessary in my opinion.

Angled out as mentioned. I'd attach them just like any patch that you want bombproof. Prep is everything. Roughing up, cleaning, etc. The glue accelerant makes a stronger hold as well. Trace the footprint of the patch onto the floor of the raft. That way you can be more precise when brushing on glue. It's the glue overlap that makes for an ugly patch job. Of course roll out the patch to get the air out to get full patch contact.
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