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Old 07-19-2010   #1
 
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Replacing older bucket boat floor

I have a 16' Achilles from the early 90's. The tubes are wicked solid and hold air for days. On the Upper CO last weekend, I hit a water pumping pipe that jutted 12' out into the river about 6" below the surface. It apparently had shrappenel like edges in the middle of it and cut a 14" slit in my floor. I sewed it and duck taped over that. It held out water for the last day of float. I'm going to fully patch it soon.

Is it worth trying to find a 16' self bailing floor to put in her?
Where would I find one and could I install myself?

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Old 07-26-2010   #2
 
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Its not worth throwing good money after bad floors. Patch the floor and be done with it. If the floor is non-repairable, put a cat frame in the boat and cut the floor out completely.
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Where is the pipe up there? Would like to be heads up as to its location. Thanks.
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I have an old Shoshone from the 80's that I recently had converted to a self-bailer. Inflatable Technologies in Denver put a drop-stick floor in it. I'm satisfied and though it cost a grand, it was a lot cheaper than getting a whole new rig and having to convert my existing frame and gear over. A friend of mine did his old Avon Pro at the same time and he's happy also.
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What size are the two boats? I am considering doing the same on my 15' but thinking of getting a new boat.
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Mine is 16'.
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The pipe is on the left hand side of the river near ranchland. I floated the Catamount Bridge to Cottonwood stretch. It was about 3 miles downstream of Pinball rapid.
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Ya I would love to keep my old boat going but its 24 going on 25, thats pretty old for a raft, I think I'm going new. I would repair yours not sure where to find a floor, try AAA inflatables in Denver. Cool people they will tell you to how fix the floor yourself before they try to overcharge a repair for you, like some boat shops in the area will do. Not to mention DRE, what a Joke.
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