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Old 03-08-2014   #751
 
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I just got a new set of sotar cat tubes and was pleasantly surprised how nice the boat bag was it came with,I didn't even know it was going to come with it,funny you switched to a raft cataraft girl, I decided to switch from raft back to cat lol
Yep. Sometimes you just have to switch it up. Variety is the spice of life. Hopefully I'll find this to be a good decision. I too was pleasantly surprised with the boat bag, and the repair kit dry bag with a pressure gauge. I had NRS boat bag on my shopping list. Now I can scratch it off.

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Old 03-08-2014   #752
 
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I finally did it. Took the new Sotar out of the box and inflated her in the garage. I must give bonus points to Sotar.....nice repair kit & boat bag. Now the question is, will I ever get it rolled up enough to fit back in that nice bag. I'm hopeful. My 96 inch side rails took up every inch of the frame chafer. They didn't look right, and stuck out a little on the ends where the boat curves. Since I really only need 80 inches to fit my two dry boxes and cooler, I cut them down to 86 inches. I still have 6 extra inches to play with. I took the rails over to Home Depot and they cut them for free. Nice neat cut, and they reamed the ends. Smooth, no burs. The rubber ends caps fit perfect, nice and snug. For the record, the flat section on my 14 ft. SL is 90 inches as posted on their website. Here's some pics of the preliminary set up/dry fit. The end view is of the stern with the extra D-rings. I also added extra inside bow & stern D-rings. I'm also posting pics of my other new toy. Necky Vector 13 SOT touring kayak. PS - the frame isn't backwards. I run solo most of the time, and like my gear in front of me to balance out the bigger of my two dry boxes underneath my generous buttocks.
That's a great looking boat. May I ask where your foot bar came from? Sorry if that's been covered elsewhere on this board.
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Old 03-08-2014   #753
 
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That's a great looking boat. May I ask where your foot bar came from? Sorry if that's been covered elsewhere on this board.
No problem. I got it from AAA. I felt like the standard NRS foot bar was a waste of space. This one does double duty, plus it gives me a couple different places to put my feet & brace. They will make the loop size and angle to your specs.
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Old 03-10-2014   #754
 
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Those are some nice looking boats there Cataraftgirl. Glad the frame worked with only minor modifcations. Have fun with further tinkering!
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Old 03-10-2014   #755
 
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I finally did it. Took the new Sotar out of the box and inflated her in the garage. I must give bonus points to Sotar.....nice repair kit & boat bag. Now the question is, will I ever get it rolled up enough to fit back in that nice bag. I'm hopeful.
Very nice looking boat, cataraftgirl! The bold colors are very striking and I like the setup with the extra d-rings. Awesome boat!

Dusty put my 14'er in the bag for me when I picked it up (I didn't feel like bringing a trailer from Boise to Albany and back on a nonstop drive). I couldn't believe how loosely the bag fit. I assumed that if you ever got it back in the bag it would be about ready to burst, but Dusty said they make them amply large if you use the vacuum method. I haven't tried it personally, but it sounds promising and the bag is very nice.

On that note, I read this other day on JPW's site: "It is a bad idea to suck all the air out of your inflatable. That makes these hard points even more prominent." more on care and maintenance of inflatable boats
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Old 03-10-2014   #756
 
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I started using my bag for a wader bag, unzip and unfold it, walk onto bag, dump the waders and wet stuff inside, put on shoes, step out, fold and rezip. Love it and I'm certain I'll never try to fit the boat in it but if so, the waders can always find another home for a few days.
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Very nice looking boat, cataraftgirl! The bold colors are very striking and I like the setup with the extra d-rings. Awesome boat!

Dusty put my 14'er in the bag for me when I picked it up (I didn't feel like bringing a trailer from Boise to Albany and back on a nonstop drive). I couldn't believe how loosely the bag fit. I assumed that if you ever got it back in the bag it would be about ready to burst, but Dusty said they make them amply large if you use the vacuum method. I haven't tried it personally, but it sounds promising and the bag is very nice.

On that note, I read this other day on JPW's site: "It is a bad idea to suck all the air out of your inflatable. That makes these hard points even more prominent." more on care and maintenance of inflatable boats
I did the suck down thing with my cat tubes for years and never had a problem. However, they were always in bags. Sucking them down flat does indeed make the pointy parts more prominent though. But if that helps get them back in the bag, then I'll stick with it. The Sotar bag does appear plenty big enough, but that's no guarantee.

I'm glad my friends talked me into the red and black. I'll never get lost on the river, that's for sure, especially when I add my flagpole with my pirate flag!
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Fishing rig

12'4" SL, I-beam floor, NRS compact outfitter modified for fishing...Boat trims perfectly even with 3 anglers. Light, compact and comfortable!
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Still a work in progress. The weather was warm this weekend here in the Mile High City, so I got to tinkering, and cleaning things up a bit. After looking around at other rafts with fly fishing frames, I think the back portion of the frame over the stern sits awfully high. I am going thru and replacing all the old wooden platforms with new wood, and sealing everything. The raft came with a DRE aluminum flip rowers seat, but it doesn't have the legs on the back to sit on another bar. How much do those cost to have welded on? Still trying to configure bays.
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12'4" SL, I-beam floor, NRS compact outfitter modified for fishing...Boat trims perfectly even with 3 anglers. Light, compact and comfortable!
like your rod holder !!
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