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Old 03-02-2014   #731
 
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It does seem like a lot of space between the D-ring/handles. Is that normal for Sotar rafts? We have those same handles on our Sotar cat and they suck big time. Try lifting a semi-loaded boat with those things. Horrible.

On to more constructive suggestions. A Everything-Bag or Barney-Bag for the back to hold all of your drybags and loose gear. Frame mounted drink holder is a must. Garbage bag for the butts, too.

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Old 03-02-2014   #732
 
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Yeah, it's normal. Mine's back at Sotar getting middle D-rings added right now. Had it for a couple years without and decided I wanted them after all. No issues with the handle style for me but so often I've needed one in the middle when beaching/launching.
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Old 03-02-2014   #733
 
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Looking into ordering a 16' ST from them. Glad this came up. I would have never thought of it.
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Old 03-02-2014   #734
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Cargo floor and gear bag are on the list as well as rope for various uses. The yeti cooler comes with a tray that is great for holding smashed empties. The smoke thing drives me crazy! That's a whole other subject. I really like the idea of an extra d-ring in the middle so I'll get that done. Cup holders for sure.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Cargo floor and gear bag are on the list as well as rope for various uses. The yeti cooler comes with a tray that is great for holding smashed empties. The smoke thing drives me crazy! That's a whole other subject. I really like the idea of an extra d-ring in the middle so I'll get that done. Cup holders for sure.
Nice! My 14SL is sitting in my garage, still in the box. I'll inflate it and start messing with it next weekend. What size is your Yeti? What's your total frame length?

I didn't get middle D-rings either. This is my first raft (17 years with Cats), so I asked my raft driver friends & looked at the rafts on this thread. Not many folks have center D-rings. I was back & forth on it, but decided not to get them. I did have the thwart D-rings left in, even though I didn't get thwarts (and saved $200 thanks to a tip by a Buzzard).

My accessory items so far.....cargo floor, cargo net, second captains bag, frame bag, and I'm toying with the idea of water jug slings.

Have a great season with your new raft.
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Old 03-02-2014   #736
 
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Yeah, it's normal. Mine's back at Sotar getting middle D-rings added right now. Had it for a couple years without and decided I wanted them after all. No issues with the handle style for me but so often I've needed one in the middle when beaching/launching.
Did you get the D-ring/handle combo, or just an extra d-ring.

Not to highjack your thread too much bloodhound, but just a general question for you Sotar owners. Did you fine that the straight tube dimensions posted on the Sotar website matched the actual dimensions of the boat? Thinking frame length here.
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Not to highjack your thread too much bloodhound, but just a general question for you Sotar owners. Did you fine that the straight tube dimensions posted on the Sotar website matched the actual dimensions of the boat? Thinking frame length here.
Not to highjack your question, but doesn't SOTAR cut all their fabric by computer?
Naively, I would think their boat dimensions would be consistent.

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Bloodhound that is a very nice set up. I recommend oar tethers and a spare. Important even for day trips. Lots of that other stuff you will add as you realize it makes things more comfortable. You need your oars.
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Not to highjack your question, but doesn't SOTAR cut all their fabric by computer?
Naively, I would think their boat dimensions would be consistent.

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Well. my question has nothing to do with consistancy. Someone mention on one of these threads about their frame length to straight tube length and I was trying to get clarification. The great thing about Sotar is the ability to customize the straight tube length (or just about anything else) to accommodate your frame length. Their drawing on the the website says the straight tube length is 86'', which would just barely fit the frame I have in mind. As we get a little close to actually ordering it in April, I'll be talking to them.
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Old 03-03-2014   #740
 
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bloodhound, on the cup holder thing. Cabelas has a cup holders that has a clip that screws to the frame and the holder itself is removable. It can be tricky to fine a spot on the frame to mount it, but it's one of the few out there that will a accommodate a beer koozie.
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