Originally Posted by dipper
agreed, however, not knowing a ton about this sport, i hope i dont rig the boat in an distastful manner.... for instance, someone mentioned that the Hyside for sale in washington was set up like a deathtrap, it looks like fun to me so i was just wondering, what is deathtrapish about it?
Dipper it was me that said it was set up like a death trap in the email i sent you. Example, the so called sissy bar would be more like a nose/ tooth/ mouth/ head/ groin crusher if you hit a big wave like i did in the clips i posted. If you look you'll see my wife was thrown out of her seat like hitting a block wall. Imagine hitting your head or what ever on that sissy bar. It could also pin you against a rock or strainer. The seats are all swivel fishing seats and not white water approved.( class III and up ). They are flimsy and, well swivel. not what you want in rough water. Plus all three were lined up side to side. Looks like a head banger to me. It also had loose rope and straps every where and the front seats were attached with ONE strap thru the top of the seat cushion. Those things need to be bolted down to the frame.
You want to be able to exit the boat weather you get thrown out or pined under it. Both are normal and expected in white water. you have to rig to flip and dress to swim.
Other considerations are loose items such as rope. I was on a raft that flipped and pined me under it. There was a loose piece of rope that wrapped around my ankle. luckily i was able to get free and exit out from under the boat before i ran out of air. Many rafters wear A handy life vest knife or rescue hook just for that reason.
I could go on and on about safety. The main thing is be prepared, do your homework like the book that was suggested in another post. Go with some folks that know what they are doing at first. You'll be fine and you'll have fun.