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Old 09-05-2009   #1
 
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Old NRS Otter in Swap - D-Ring Placement - WTF?

This older NRS has the strangest D-ring number and placement I've ever seen. It looks like someone was trying to set a record for D-rings per square foot of hypalon.

Does anyone out there in interweb land have any, ANY idea why you'd put D-rings on a boat like this? Is it an old marine lifeboat? Military application done by cost-plus contractor? What was someone thinking?

Or is this just the kind of thing that happens when the rubber repair guy mixes pot and Sta-Bond fumes?

By a conservative estimate it looks like the 11-ft boat's got about 40 D-rings.

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/swap/sho...ct=13945&cat=3


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This photo of the boat's owner might offer some insight into the, uh, enthusiasm for D-rings.
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This older NRS has the strangest D-ring number and placement I've ever seen. It looks like someone was trying to set a record for D-rings per square foot of hypalon.

Does anyone out there in interweb land have any, ANY idea why you'd put D-rings on a boat like this? Is it an old marine lifeboat? Military application done by cost-plus contractor? What was someone thinking?

Or is this just the kind of thing that happens when the rubber repair guy mixes pot and Sta-Bond fumes?

By a conservative estimate it looks like the 11-ft boat's got about 40 D-rings.

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/swap/sho...ct=13945&cat=3

Back in the 70's we placed D rings in the same spot to lash triple-rigs together. Then we placed oars on the end boats and used them as sweeps. If you did not have enough D rings the boats would pancake in the rapids. What a ride for the end boat! Just my first thought when I saw the setup.
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11ft is kinda small for a triple rig, but it makes perfect sense..... the guy also could have put cat tubes on the sides.....could be for poding boats and motoring out....... could be for harnessing kayakers......could be a fume fiend....at any rate, it is clear you need at least that many on your boat. guppy style. i know the guy
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Holy mother of mercy.....

The rigging options on that bad boy are tremendous, but what an odd looking creature.

I had 4 D-Rings added to my Otter and paid about $50 a ring, including the ring itself. I am not saying that I got a good or bad deal, but the job was done right. I tried adding D-Ring's to an older Achilles and they eventually failed. My confidence was shot after that......
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11ft is kinda small for a triple rig, but it makes perfect sense..... the guy also could have put cat tubes on the sides.....could be for poding boats and motoring out....... could be for harnessing kayakers......could be a fume fiend....at any rate, it is clear you need at least that many on your boat. guppy style. i know the guy
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Inside and lower perimeter line for climbing back in to the boat.
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A platform for a duck blind, of some sort.
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A platform for a duck blind, of some sort.
The boat is relatively flat. Not a lot of rocker or kick.
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