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Old 04-07-2013   #391
 
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I have to agree that the 6 inch towers aren't that useful, and it did take them awhile to see the light and make a taller tower. Overall though, the NRS website is chock full of really good basic info. I have found it to be a good starting point reference when I have a question. Tons of info on sizing & specs on stuff. A general reference....not the Holy Grail for sure.
As a die hard tinkerer, I love their frames. I know the Lopros are heavy, but I like dealing with them better than speedrail fittings. I like the ability to move stuff around easily, and I like to pick and choose frame parts that I want, and use them on both my frame & cat frames.
To each his or her own. I just like messing around with boats.

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Old 04-09-2013   #392
 
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Here is my custom Sotar (16'L x 25"D), and my frame I put together. I had the drybox custom built to be low profile, yet still carry a ton of gear. The diamond plate decking is 1/4" construction grade aluminum with an edge trim to protect from injury. The dual rail fittings are from Wild Goose Engineering (Awesome but expensive!). The dual rail decking/rails are each easily removable as "one unit" with the quick release pins on the cross bars which makes transport, setup, and breakdown much easier. Can't wait to add more!
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Old 04-09-2013   #393
 
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Wild Goose is making their rail fittings again? Like the tie die frame straps, nice touch...
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Very sweet setup. Would you say the dry box or the cooler is your dining room table?
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Also, I've always been told you need to strap the tubes together on both ends in some fashion. Something similar to this.
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Wild Goose is making their rail fittings again?
I remember their site. Pretty cool to see the top threaded holes in use for bolting down the side decks--really makes the decks look clean.

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Also, I've always been told you need to strap the tubes together on both ends in some fashion. Something similar to this.
Probably depends on your frame design and whether you see a risk of it pulling apart.
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Also, I've always been told you need to strap the tubes together on both ends in some fashion. Something similar to this.
I've never seen that done with straps on a cat before. Not sure what the purpose would be vs short straps to the lower rails. I guess it depends on the frame? How do you keep them from sliding in the middle? Interesting.

Those Wild Goose components are really nice. I thought Alex quit selling them. Last word I got from him was that the cost to make them far outweighed the price he could sell them for. Would be nice if he was back in business. The designs he came up with were pretty sweet.
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Those Wild Goose components are really nice. I thought Alex quit selling them. Last word I got from him was that the cost to make them far outweighed the price he could sell them for. Would be nice if he was back in business. The designs he came up with were pretty sweet.
It's too bad no big company bought out his design for mass-manufacture. The double frame fittings would have been cast-able.
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DRE recommends a strap like that- and has their boats rigged that way in the showroom- but with many more turns in the strap along the crossbar to avoid the entrapment issues in the corners between the straps and the bars of the frame.
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AAA showed me that years ago. I trusted their guidance, and it's worked well so far. I guess the idea is that you're pulling the tube both upward and inward versus just upwards in Catman's setup. I could see the entrapment concern, but have not had any issues to date.
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