Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
I ended up fashioning my own floors for the rower & cargo bays that gave structure & rigidity to the set-up. NRS made floors to my specs from the material they make the side rail racks out of. I secured them to the lower rails and solved the problem.
Cataraftgirl. Do you have any pics of that floor fix? I want to add a webbed floor in the rear so that will help me. I wish I could take credit for the towers, but those are actually towers from an NRS drift boat. I talked a guy into trading me since he didn't like these and I wanted to see if I could make them work. Jury's still out but rafterman brought up a good point about trying to find a way to support them.
I appreciate everyone suggestions and those are great ideas. I hope some of this helps you too Spey. A few more opinions for Spey and I'm out. First of all I have to premise my statements with the fact that 1. I also stink of a newb, and there are a lot of much more knowledgeable rafters here, and 2. After a few years as pearen suggested, and some $$ I would like to get a custom made welded frame. That said:
I love the NRS yoke system. I think it is very rigid and doesn't flex any more than welded frames I saw on the lochsaw this year. (short frames anyway) Also the new lopros have ribs inside of the yokes that they say will help prevent twisting. I think that might be more common with the universal/Sport frames due to lack of structural support, which is why I have avoided them. If it does twist, break or bend it is very easy to fix as rafterman mentioned. try that with a welded frame and yes they do bend, twist, and break, albeit not as often probably due to the skill of most built frame owners. My fishcat frame was sold with my Jacks tubes in 2001 and it is still going strong. I tighten all of the nuts every spring, but it hasn't been loosening.
Also, NRS frames are much easier to empty water from if you have freezing issues. I just spent a lot of time doing Forum and google searches and I can not find a single case of a lopro or ubolt breaking. Does anyone actually have an account of this? If it is true, will it be helped by the new forged lopros?
I'm sure it's obvious that I'm trying to defend the NRS frame because I have one and I don't want to believe that it is as bad as some say. But I have learned a lot in this topic so thanks Spey.
Obviously it is heavier. I'm still very interested in how much someones comparable sized built frame weighs.