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Old 11-07-2012   #1
 
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getting ready for the Grand

needed a new table so here's what I came up with. All aluminum, legs store under table top, works in the kitchen, on the boat as a platform and
serves as a loading ramp when strapped to the frame. painted black to catch what little sun we'll see launching on Dec 5th. its turning out to be quite a challenge to outfit a 18' Aire cat for a 25 day Grand trip, being the sole support boat for two kayakers.
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Old 11-07-2012   #2
 
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Very NICE!
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needed a new table so here's what I came up with. All aluminum, legs store under table top, works in the kitchen, on the boat as a platform and
serves as a loading ramp when strapped to the frame. painted black to catch what little sun we'll see launching on Dec 5th. its turning out to be quite a challenge to outfit a 18' Aire cat for a 25 day Grand trip, being the sole support boat for two kayakers.
Be sure to thoroughly document the rigging of your setup. I've got the same boat i want to take on the ditch
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Well done Mike. Have a great time, I wish I could join you. And Happy Birthday.
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thanks KiKii & Tom, I added a set of short legs for use as a cocktail table. this design is bound to be copied, just remember where you saw it first.

if you ever get a chance to buy a MSR Pavilion, do it. it the best group shelter ever made, which arent made anymore. we fit 21 folks in the river chairs and survived a incredible storm on the Green at the Cove. sides roll up for shade structure. with only three of us there's room for after dinner darts.

Avatard, the raft rigging is getting close. You're gonna love it
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Yeah but i saw a lot of ammo cans. They cant all be groover storage. How much weight are they?
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the frame is 130" x 74". it has a diamond plate steel floor under the cooler and captains area. the first bay has 4 ammo cans, two for charcol, one is the river sauna stove, one is canned goods. an additional cross bar has been added to suspended them by their handles with the bottom of the cans being higher than the main floor. this allows air and water to pass under the boat easier. once the charcol is used they become the ash can and garabage cans. these cans can take any punishment thrown at them.

the second bay has the yeti cooler and three 5 gal water containers.

the captains bay has two boxes which will be for food storage and snacks.

Under the oar chair is a box I made to carry: fire pan, stove, repair kit, major first aid kit. hand wash stations,shower,dart board, board games, liquor and all the misc gear that just doesn't fit well elsewhere. I'm sure there will be room for food storage as well.

the last bay has the kitchen box and a food storage drybox. propane tanks will be in the middle. I made a cage to hold the groover which straps to the frame. an additional cross bar has been added so the rear dryboxes are suspended and not resting their weight on the web floor. once the groover gets too heavy it will replace the propane tanks and the empty tanks will be strapped in the grover frame.

as usual drybags, chairs, roll tables, etc will be strapped down over the rear bay. haven't made the gopro mounts yet.

22 days and counting..........
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Looks tight and clean.

They might not fit as tidy but i like using 5gal bucket with gamma lid for the charcoal/ashes. Each bucket saves about 10 lbs. I have a steel chrismas popcorn tin that the embers get suffocated in at the end of the night so they can be reused next day (when doing wood). This sits in shallow pan of water to assist cooling

You can get 5gal bucket slings that will strap next to your groover and not take up any frame space. The buckets can even survive the occassional smack into a rock.
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Can't risk a plastic bucket breaking due to cold or hitting the cheese grater (rock bottom right in Lava Falls). These metal ammo cans can handle trash stomping until they reach the density of a black hole. We'll burn what we can but still need a place for those 20 cases of empty Old Chub cans.
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What size ammo cans are those? They look wider then the typical rocket boxes.

You will no regret bringing a few buckets, we used them for settling out water to filter as well as to keep our beer cold when we were too lazy to walk down to our drag bags... With a Dec trip, cold beer should not be an issue. You can always store then in the compartment with your LP tanks.
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