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Old 07-30-2012   #131
 
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Just curiosity kicking up, but why are you choosing to put the cooler in very front bay and table/board in bay 2?
No particular reason...this is my first 4 bay and I seem to always put the cooler up front. I mainly want to get most of the weight forward...cooler 1st bay, groover/table 2nd, foot bay, drybox under seat.

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Old 07-30-2012   #132
 
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I would shy away from a river boat works frame on a sotar. I sent specs of my cat and they still screwed it up. D ring cut outs in the wrong place and too deep. I scrape the floors in whitewater and that's what I had it built for. Would never have them build another.
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Old 07-30-2012   #133
 
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Hi All, I geared this 16 foot Red Achilles bucket boat up for Grand Canyon with 2" Speed Rail, making a four bay frame. The front and back hatches are 3/4" cca plywood, with cargo bilge bags. The wooden footwell is suspended off the Speed Rail frame. It's a great Canyon rig, versatile enough for the San Juan, Yampa, Deso Gray, Cat, etc. A wooden beaver board in the back makes this boat a real gear hauler. Yours, tom
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Old 08-30-2012   #134
 
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I finally have a real raft! 13' RMR, 2011 model.

I'm not done but I'm building my equipment horde in pieces. It's maiden voyage will be a 3-day leisurely late-season float down a section of the Athabasca River in Central Alberta. It's set up for a paddle crew of two right now, and I will be adding an oar set-up later (probably in this off season).

Frame is a double rail with some NRS Aluminum for the perimeter and some leftover galvanized for the internal rails. Decking is overkill for sure... heavy-duty 1" thick grating, 12" wide that spans the double-rails. It will make rigging extra items on there a breeze, and will serve as a walkway. The only thing I'm not a fan of on this product is that one side has a very rough sandy surface for traction. Too rough for me so I put that side down.

70 quart cooler will go in the front bay and the wife will sit on the thwart in front of that to paddle. The things that are missing from this pic is a 1" cam strap I will run for a perimeter line, and a bungy cargo net that will keep the contents of the center drop bag within the boat.

I will try to get some pictures this weekend of it all rigged up.

Thanks to everyone (not just on this thread) for great ideas on how to design and set up a rig... it's helped me come up with something I think is just about perfect for my needs.
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Old 08-30-2012   #135
 
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cupido,
what's the thingy on the back that slots thru the plywood?
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cupido,
what's the thingy on the back that slots thru the plywood?
It's the bracket for this NRS drink holder...
NRS U-Bolt Drink Holder at NRSweb.com

I like this holder a lot... secure and insulating, and always right at hand.
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It's the bracket for this NRS drink holder...
NRS U-Bolt Drink Holder at NRSweb.com

I like this holder a lot... secure and insulating, and always right at hand.
Ok, just wondering what it was doing in the cargo area.... lol
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Ok, just wondering what it was doing in the cargo area.... lol
We're paddling it this trip... so I'm also in the cargo area.
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Old 08-31-2012   #139
 
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"Decking is overkill for sure... heavy-duty 1" thick grating, 12" wide that spans the double-rails. It will make rigging extra items on there a breeze, and will serve as a walkway. The only thing I'm not a fan of on this product is that one side has a very rough sandy surface for traction. Too rough for me so I put that side down." Cupido
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Heads up Cupido,
Rigging gear to those platforms may be hard on straps with the rough edges down, possibly cutting regular straps pretty quick.
Decking may not be too comfortable to straddle/sit on, if running as a paddle boat I'd leave the frame at home and just clip on the drink bottle.
I just use a coozy for cans, which works well.

Still happy that you'll be on the river.
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"Decking is overkill for sure... heavy-duty 1" thick grating, 12" wide that spans the double-rails. It will make rigging extra items on there a breeze, and will serve as a walkway. The only thing I'm not a fan of on this product is that one side has a very rough sandy surface for traction. Too rough for me so I put that side down." Cupido
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Heads up Cupido,
Rigging gear to those platforms may be hard on straps with the rough edges down, possibly cutting regular straps pretty quick.
Decking may not be too comfortable to straddle/sit on, if running as a paddle boat I'd leave the frame at home and just clip on the drink bottle.
I just use a coozy for cans, which works well.

Still happy that you'll be on the river.
I am concerned about the decking being hard on straps... but we won't be sitting on the decking... there's room for passengers in front and behind it. Too much gear coming along to leave the frame at home, but I could still leave the decking off.... hmmm...

Thanks for the comments.

Edit: I think I'm going to leave it on for this trip (since it's already rigged up and I spent some decent $$ on it) and asses it's effectiveness and the strap wear. When I get back I might try to take my belt sander or angle grinder to the rough side to remove that finish.
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