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Old 02-26-2013   #251
 
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Important safety points

Keep most of your weight towards the middle of your boat, so you can pivot more easily. I try and be a little butt heavy to pivot on my rear. One time I put way too much weight up front. It was a bitch to row. I am mainly talking pin ball type rapids. Don't get too top heavy. Your boat will flip easier. Keep sharp shit away from you and your passengers. Have plenty of room for everyone to get very low when you need too. Tie short hold on straps besides your passengers for them to grab onto. Keep all the important dry bags of your passengers with them on the boat they are riding in. If you ever get separated from others for a night for whatever reason, you are good to go. This has happened to us a couple of times. If one of your passengers has a hot pink bikini and the other has a lime green one, it can affect your ability to read the river. Try and get them to wear the same color bikinis. Your eyes won't be darting around all over the place.

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I try and get my passengers to just lose the bikinis outright
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Old 02-27-2013   #253
 
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I try and get my passengers to just lose the bikinis outright
This thread is dedicated to visuals... you planning on sharing?
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Old 02-27-2013   #254
 
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POR 15 isn't uv safe, so you have to topcoat it. It will lose the shine and rub off if you don't.
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Old 02-27-2013   #255
 
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POR 15 isn't uv safe, so you have to topcoat it. It will lose the shine and rub off if you don't.
What have you topcoated with? Any experience with POR's HardNose paint, or did you just use regular enamel?
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Old 03-04-2013   #256
 
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OK, I finally got around to putting the mini_max frame together. My 8 year old son is so excited to row it, he can hardly stand it! I have to say, I am excited to try it myself...

The frame I made myself with tubing and fittings I ordered online.

The dry box is a captains box from FrontierPlay.

I cut down my two spare oars from my 14 footer (excuse to buy new ones for that boat!) and put counterweighted handles in them. Had another shaft laying around I wasn't using for anything.

Here it is:







The frame is almost symmetrical, so my kids can row from one side, and I can take over from the other if I need to. The oar towers are just slightly closer to the dry box than the cooler, so a little more room for me, a little less for the shorter arms. A little higher seat on the dry box for the little ones, a little lower for me. I out a foot bar in front of the cooler that I will rotate outward for the kids, let it hang vertical for my wife or for me.

After getting it all put together and playing with the rigging a bit, I am pleasantly surprised at how versatile this little thing is going to be. It all started as something for the kids to learn with, and for small rivers and low water. I can see it being a lot more than that though.

I can't wait to get it on the water!
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Old 03-04-2013   #257
 
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mini nice

Nice work!
How long are the oars & how tall are the towers? I'm still fiddling with mine. The 7 1/2 oars I got for a steal are ok, but I could probably have gone with 8 ft.
Get it on the Rio and have some fun.
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Old 03-05-2013   #258
 
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@Boilermaker - what size of captains box is that? I'm curious about your oar towers also. I went with NRS 8in per a recommendation.

Looks like a fun set up. I am putting one together too.
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Old 03-05-2013   #259
 
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Aire 160DD setup

Thought I would post this pic of Aire's newest raft design. Not my setup but one my cousin rented for our trip. The new Aire 160DD, pretty cool boat just wish the tubes were a little bigger.

Cambridge welding salmon river frame
two coolers
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Thought I would post this pic of Aire's newest raft design. The new Aire 160DD, pretty cool boat just wish the tubes were a little bigger.
Interesting that it's only 5" longer and 1" wider than the 156D, but its tubes are 21" instead of 22"...and it supposedly has a 500# larger gear capacity?
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