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Old 09-25-2014   #21
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Originally Posted by Schutzie View Post
The thing is, you overlay the existing floor I can see all kinds of seepage and water rot and problems.

Better he should get a big bucket of glue and what not, and just start patching. I mean, it's a Campways, how big can the floor be, and how leaky?

Now here's the other thing; a leaky floor on a river boat ain't always a bad thing. I mean, it's not like it will sink. Just keeps your tennis wet. But, I mean, you're on a river after all.
Not surprisingly I don't agree with anything you said above. I appreciate your comments but just don't agree with them. Sometimes I wonder if you truly understand how differently rafts are utilized in different areas or for different purposes than you've experienced. I think you're an extremely intelligent man but I seriously have to wonder if you even try to think outside your "box" (for lack of a better term) very often.

I don't see how a bunch of little patches are better than a few bigger ones - other than being easier to place a small one vs a big one but to each their own.

Yeah it's a 12' campways, so exactly how big can it be? 3 or 4 patches running crosswise seem manageable too me, even more so to him since that's what he's doing...

Believe it or not, folks do like to fish while drinking beer in boats. It is infinitely more effective to fish from a craft that is moving slower than the water than it is to fish at river speed or faster (forward rowing people). Therefore most good fishermen back row all day, every day to give their buddies, clients, etc. the best opportunity to catch fish. Doing that with a bunch of water in the boat sucks, literally, the floor collapses down, drawing more water, scraping on more things and the water adds extra weight you have to move, slow down, etc. So, a bunch of water in the bottom of a leaky bucket boat is a HUGE deal to me, my buddy and most fishermen who fish out of bucket boats.

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