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Old 04-09-2013   #401
 
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I tried this method of strapping my tubes down. I went away from it after getting the strap hung up on rocks trees debris ect. And damaging the strap. It does hold your tubes nice and tight.

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Old 04-09-2013   #402
 
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Bastard. Is that white and orange? Same as mines...
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Old 04-09-2013   #403
 
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Wild Goose isn't advertising them for sale. Last fall, I called and asked if they had any left over and bought the last batch he had made up. I would suggest calling Wild Goose and asking them if they can make some up for you if you're interested. IFY, the 10 of mine cost me $500 + shipping.

I got the tie-dye straps from Strapworks. I thought they looked cool and I definitely won't have to worry about getting mine mixed up with anybody else's.

I F*@#ed up 3 of the 30 holes on the fittings/decking doing the job myself. It will be a simple fix with a tap and die set. But otherwise I am pleased with how the dual rail fittings work with the aluminum decking. It's SUPER solid to hold all the beer and gear I want.

I'm thinking of getting a River Sombrero with the track fittings mounted on the decking. Not %100 sold on it yet.

Anyhow, I love this thread and have taken many ideas (and left some alone) when I started. I hope y'all like it! Thanks!
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Old 04-13-2013   #404
 
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If this is the raft porn thread, I suppose mine's a bit flat-chested.



This was our first trip out. I don't have any fancy gear. We just floated 12 miles and were out for right at 5 hours. I'm 250 pounds, and my daughter's only 40 pounds, so I stuffed a tote from the closet full of camping gear to even the weight out a bit.

Obviously, we're just barely starting, and I've got a lot to learn (and buy). I appreciate this thread because we've got over 100 miles of our local river planned out to float this year and we'll need to pack for 2-3 days for a couple of our trips. You guys have some great suggestions on rigging gear and how to position it smartly. I've been reading through pages and pages of this thread.

I'm not at all happy with the way that tote fits in the front of my raft. Does anyone know of a tote, or a cooler, or something I can put my camping gear in that is shaped sort of like the front of that raft? This Mariner 4 is tiny, and my daughter likes to wiggle, so maximizing space and getting things to pack as efficiently as possible is important for us. I need something that fits better, but Google is failing me at the moment.

Thanks for the ideas!
Just going through the older posts in this thread and found this. I love it!

I bought that boat about 6 years ago and it took me on some great trips, the longest up to 200km long in 4 days (with 40+ beers and all the camping gear for the two people in the boat), and it held up great. I've taken it up to class III+ rapids (un-loaded) and the only thing holding it back was it not being self-bailing.

I built a frame and put 6.5 foot oars on it because I didn't trust the welded-on oar-locks to hold up to strong rowing, but the boat itself is pretty good construction (I hit a few obstacles in it with nothing more than superficial scratches as a result). This boat can do more than it should be able to.

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Here's some of my rigging on that boat, back when we used to know how to pack light.
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Since we are going retro....1986, MFSR.

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Old 04-14-2013   #406
 
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Setting up the new toy in the backyard. I couldn't even wait to strap it all together..

Now all I need is to get on the river!!
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Old 04-15-2013   #407
 
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Sweet. What's the blue thing on the back?
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Old 04-15-2013   #408
 
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That's one of the "Costco" dryboxes. I got so excited, I started pulling everything I had out of the garage just to see if it would fit. I can also get four rocket boxes across the back. I have a dropbag to put under the front bench, but I need to figure out how to rig the front edge.
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Old 04-15-2013   #409
 
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Will you have a passenger up front? If so, then they will have a nice seating area and place to put there feet. What size is your cat? Do your dry boxes and bench seat lock into the frame? That's a nice feature to have. Who made your frame?
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Old 04-15-2013   #410
 
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Usually I have at least my 12yo daughter, sometimes 2 people. We only do multi day trips so I wanted the floor and places for boxes/bags. We are upgrading from a 16ft bucket boat. This is a 15ft NRS Cool Cat. 23" tubes. The frame is a Sotar "Predator". I don't know if they make them themselves or farm them out. The bench and box lock in with pins and are interchangable. After my bank account recovers I may get another box for the front. With all the space, I'm a little worried about overloading it and turning it into a pig.
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