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Old 09-06-2016   #1
 
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cargo floor and tracking?

can using a cargo floor instead of putting my gear pile on the floor increase tracking and maneuvering?

Just got off a two nighter and my boat seemed to not want to budge, especially when back rowing. I know it has some effect but want others to chime in on experiences...

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I've never been too afraid of things being supported by the floor- there's some serious volume in the floor of most self-bailers. It might get the floor up out of the water a bit, but that weight is then transferred to the tubes.

I suspect your boat was overloaded, more so than just tracking badly.
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I absolutely never, ever put anything on the floor. But that's just me.

I love the way my boat tracks and have loaded it pretty heavy. I rarely back row, but when I do I drink Jameson.
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Have a good friend, seasoned high water boater. Took a borrowed boat on the MFS last August. We had to lay patch over patch due to his stowing heavy cargo directly on the floor. While still an excellent adventure, I would caution the floor will suffer when placed between the load and the river bottom. Suspend that gear seems to be the rule other than last one in the hotspring must be making the sandwiches.
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Was the boat yellow and some the patches blue?
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Suspend it, never done it with out. Easy as cutting a beaver tail and 5-6 straps. I'm adding more d-rings to displace the load so I can carry more shit.

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Suspend it, never done it with out. Easy as cutting a beaver tail and 5-6 straps. I'm adding more d-rings to displace the load so I can carry more shit. Carve Dog I have the same problem but with tequila.

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Thanks

The backrowing came as a result of a strong constant wind and a few gusts that threw us back upstream at about 2-3mph.

I thought tequila was the universal solvent for pants??
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loading cargo on the floor absolutely will change the tracking as it was designed. How it effects tracking depends on how you load it down. In addition you significantly increase the chance of pinch flats. Always suspend your cargo floor so that your raft floor is free.
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Only time I've ever put a hole in my floor was when an ammo box moved where it shouldn't going over a rock. Ripped a giant hole in the floor of my old bucket boat that was a giant pain in the ass to patch on the river. I make sure nothing ever rests on the floor and nothing can pinch between the floor and the frame.

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