I am new to the world of rafting, and am in the process of putting together my first raft. I'm trying to do this as cheaply as possible. I have the rubber (1986 Avon
), have purchased the fence rail for my frame, and about to order the "T's" for my homebrew frame (kee klamp).
I'm still in need of towers/locks, oars, foot bar and a fishing seat for the bow. There are zero whitewater shops in my area, so I'm looking for the best place to purchase these online. Do any shops run sales in the fall/winter? I would love to buy used, but being in Indiana, limits those options.
I know Carlisle are the budget oar option, and I'm fine with those. Anyone have a site or company that you'd recommend, or have some old stuff to sell?
FWIW, I'm looking for 8' oars and 8" towers. I can wait on the foot bar and fishing seat/bar, but would like to get the oars and towers/locks soon to make it on the water this year.