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Old 10-28-2012   #1
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Raft Frame... Drop Bars or No?

I am going to be welding together a 4 bay frame for my 14' by 7' NRS bucket boat this winter and can't decide if I should add some drop bars on the frame for cooler/dry box/floor mounts or run a flat frame and use straps to hang coolers and floors. what do the buzzards think?

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Old 10-28-2012   #2
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straps and drop bags can be lighter

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Old 10-28-2012   #3
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or you can just buy my frame with drop bars already welded on....
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Old 10-28-2012   #4
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If you do drop bars be very sure of top floor height. And be 1-2" above that. Then depending one your size tubing your gear will be above that. ie. how tall your cooler and boxes sit above the top of your boat.
Better off with straps that are adjustable and you can always weld on later. Course if you do decide to put them in and don't like them cut them out and try again.

Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2012   #5
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drop bars have always seemed more stable when people are jumping around on things. But they do weigh more.
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Old 10-29-2012   #6
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I would use a drop bag for coolers and weld tabs on your dry box. Then use 4' loop cam straps to tighten down.
Good Luck
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Old 10-29-2012   #7
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The drop bars will be super nice for mounting your floor. And, you're gonna want a floor in a bucket boat. Otherwise, your feet are always in the little bit of water you can't bail out.

Weight is not a factor, cuz let's face it, you're rafting, and you're gonna have a bunch of gear anyway.

If you can afford it, you should put 'em in.
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Old 10-29-2012   #8
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only in Durango

The guys at the muffler shop on 15th street have bent muffler tubing for me at a cost of pipe plus beer, makes a super nice frame, and they can put in the oar rainbows as well. I still had to weld it. oh yea, don't try to bend round fence posts, they crush.

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