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Old 07-13-2010   #1
La Junta, Colorado
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Elevated sleeping platform on Raft

I am playing around with the idea of building an elevated cot-like platform on my raft. I have a frame built w/1.9:" od aluminum tubing. The frame is a 4 bay w/gear at different elevations above the frame--hence the idea of a cot above all the gear. I kind of envision using hollaender t's to tie the cot to the frame but would like to be as minimalistic as possible. If anyone has done anything like this and wouldn't mind posting pictures I'd appreciate it. Also, if you have ideas for/experience with a rainproof awning over the raft, that ties to the frame I'd appreciate pictures of that (particularly the tie-ins to the frame) as well.


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Old 07-13-2010   #2
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go to DREs facebook website, they have pictures related to both the cot and awning.

Overtons sells the awnings.

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Old 07-13-2010   #3
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go to DREs facebook website, they have pictures related to both the cot and awning.

Overtons sells the awnings.
Could you give me the link? Down River Equipment's Photos - Interesting Custom Frames | Facebook
This was as close as I found to a cot setup
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Old 07-13-2010   #4
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that's the one I was thinking of.
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Setting up cots or hammocks tends to be different for each frame. We don't have a lot of pictures, but have done a few different configurations for hammocks and cots over the years. Give us a call or stop by if you want to talk about the possibilites.
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Old 07-13-2010   #6
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San Juan Sleeper Car

no cot, but this becomes a nice little bed when docked in camp and usually ends up as a cocktail hour location...
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Old 07-13-2010   #7
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I have a table that is the right dimensions to fit my cockpit. My problem was that everything was kind of different heights as well and I ended up just using some wood as shims to level everything out. I only needed to go about an inch at the most though. Ends up being just the right size for our double sleeping bag.

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Old 07-15-2010   #8
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We've been thinking about this too and just had to replace the mat on our trampoline. The old mat might be the perfect material to mess around with and definitely large enough to cover the boat.

And what about using the same type of clam-shell attachment to the frame that the oar towers are in (on mine anyway). There could be one at each corner, with towers to drop in for attaching the cot. The oar towers could be replaced to make the middle connection.

Sewing the edges might be the tricky part, and making the connection spots strong enough. Maybe you could even use the same type of spring that's on a tramp.
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Old 10-21-2010   #9
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Not sure if you have bought a tarp, but I use a Black diamond "Mega-mid" (a floorless tent) Take the oars cross wiseand cam strap them down tight, then use short cam straps from ea. corner to the end of the oar. I have used this prob 60 nights on rivers. Very bomber and you still have acess to your drag bag, potty in the middle of the night with out getting up and walking to the rio in the dark and on Grand trips or any trip where it is hot on the beach, it is allways sand free, level, and cooler at night to sleep on the raft! I had Jack make my Paco pad years ago for the frame i fabracated for my 18' Aire Lepord Cat. It is a sick set up.
My boat is the cocktail boat as well!!
Enjoy, and good luck!
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I've become a hammock hanger this past summer. Super comfy for sleeping, but there aren't always trees available. Been toying with the idea of a tripod using my oars as a hammock support. The pic from DRE with the hammock stand built onto the frame looks sweet !!!!!
Good luck with your project Wishbone. Looks like lots of people have done what you're thinking about with good results. Don't you just love the off season, when we can tweak our set-ups.

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