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Old 06-22-2015   #1
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Hopelessly Stuck in Yesterday, Colorado
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Cataraft Passenger Seats?

I am not having a happy time trying to figure out passenger seats for my cat. I have great seats on my raft but the same setup is not adaptable to my cat.
I have a 4 bay frame with dry box, cooler, oarsman and drop bag, and kitchen box occupying the bays front to back. Anything can be moved to another bay with the exception of the oarsman. I would like something wider than my drybox (36") for 2 passengers to sit on. I'm not wild about having psgrs on a cooler, won't that destroy the lid over time? I do have an extra crossbar for my frame that can be pressed into service

What has worked well for you?
Do you have any pictures?


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Old 06-22-2015   #2
Carbondale, Colorado
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I know there are people who don't like fisherman seats but I have been running this setup for 20+ years and love it. Have run numerous class 5 and the big ditch 2x with no problems. Definitely an e-ticket ride in the big stuff
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Old 06-22-2015   #3
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BTW take the hip brace off for whitewater obviously
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Old 06-22-2015   #4
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It sounds like I run a longer frame than you but this is what works for me... I used to run a 10' nrs frame then I added a 2' extension to make it 12 ft.. Front to back dry box, 105qt cooler, rowers foot bay, rowing bat, passengers foot bay, 125qt cooler, pacific river bag... The first two bays are covered with paco pads and can be used to sid on but my passengers almost always sit behind me on the cooler with a cooler seat cover that jan at stitches n stuff made for me..Attachment 10149 Attachment 10150for more than two people I take the front dry box aout and I sit on it to add another foot bay for passengers that sit on the 105 qt cooler Click image for larger version

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Old 07-02-2015   #5
Minden, Nevada
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I am not new to rafting but new to cats. I have an Air jag with NRS top cat frame. I mounted a seat on a forward tube. My passenger really liked the ride for a Class III run. Tube was there for a foot rest and purchase for drops.
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Old 07-03-2015   #6
Minden, Nevada
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Then the passenger is not blocking the view.
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Old 07-03-2015   #7
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Cody, I like your setup. We just got 18' Aire Leopard with a NRS 10' frame and we are working on configuring the frame and raft for 2 to 3 passengers and gear. I have few question on your setup.

How did you build the extension?

What did you use for the decking?

What are you using for a floor?
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Old 07-03-2015   #8
SLC, Utah
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I have a similar setup with an NRS frame on a Jack's 16 ft cat. My front opening has a netting cargo bay that barely clears the water. If my kitchen box is being used (an action packer-like plastic tub), it drops in there (nice as it makes it very easy to load/unload off the front of the beached boat). If the group is using someone else's kitchen, that bay holds misc stuff that can get wet, like a water jug, chairs, cases of beer, etc. I made a 2 x 6 ft wooden table that serves as the bay lid, kitchen table, and a backboard. A paco pad goes over that, with 3 girth straps cinching it down to the lateral frame rails and serving as passenger grips. 2 passengers can sit on the paco pad. I also have a paco pad over the top of the river bags that I stuff in the rear bay - sometimes a passenger will lounge on that to balance weight or stay more dry.

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