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Old 04-06-2015   #1
Portland, Oregon
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Floors in rafts / NRS Frames

Basic question here and have spent the last hour searching for answer to no avail...

1) What are benefits to putting a floor in a raft (cockpit)?

2) are there reasons not to --- as in safety or durability risks?

3) How do folks attach them to NRS frame setup? My thought was drop rail down from cross bars at four locations and run crossbars between tubes above floor. Seems to make more sense to support long span with the tubes.

4) Anybody have pictures?

thanks in advance for the info - input!

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Old 04-06-2015   #2
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Cockpit Floor

It's great for crushing beer cans on the go and is a nice platform to cast from.

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Old 04-06-2015   #3
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Take a look at the raft porn thread. Lots of pictures in there. Some inovative designs too.
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Old 04-06-2015   #4
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I've got a cockpit floor on my Recretec frame. It detaches easily with pins, but I've never done a trip without it.

can crushing
boat scouting
good place to do a happy dance after surviving big rapids
makes a great platform for strapping down a rocket box, water jug, or day cooler on either side (just cut a hole for strap through the floor)

more weight
more expense
drains more slowly than rest of the boat, but it only holds a couple inches max

I find the positives outweigh the negatives. I can post pictures, but that won't help you with figuring out how to do it with an NRS frame.
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Old 04-06-2015   #5
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I strap mine below an nrs footbar in with a pair of straps that run length worse under the floor the go up through slots to my dry box cross bars at the back of the captains bay. Way harder to explain than to do. I can get pics tonight if needed.

As far as peeps and cons +1 to above plus is more stable and dryer when accessing coolers late night. I just really like the solid feel when moving around in the boat.

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Old 04-06-2015   #6
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The main drawback is that when you hit something like a rock and it compresses the raft floor between the rock/log/etc and the hard floor, the raft floor always loses. I have fixed several rips from this scenario including a 16" gash that ripped across and through 3 I beams. That said, IMO the pros listed above, among others, far outweigh the cons. Hanging it on straps and letting it move up and down reduce this risk some but I like the feel and solidity of a hard piped floor. Mine is hard piped on the back and hangs from straps on the front side.
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Old 04-06-2015   #7
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Solid floors kick ass, hang mine from my nrs frame with straps, it goes under cooler and dry box to support them.Very solid set up, with straps over cooler and dry box the floor can't move, i feel like it adds some rigidity to my boat to.
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Old 04-06-2015   #8
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I solely have a floor to strap my rocket box/captain's boxes in. I suspend it from the crossbars and at a height that it does not interfere with the floor.
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Old 04-06-2015   #9
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Could some of you post pictures of your floors? I am in the process of setting up my first raft (coming from a cat with plywood floor, loved it). Thanks!
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Here is a pic I saved off here when working on my own floor. I went aluminum.


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