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Old 12-13-2016   #1
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New Custom Diamond Plate Floors - AIRE Super Puma!

Hi Folks -

I hope everyone is settling in for winter! I just wanted to reach out and show off my new custom floors I had built for my AIRE Super Puma.

Earlier this summer I posted in the raft porn thread that I had acquired a new buggy. The frame is custom and is built by Leo @ Montana Raft Frames (Montana Raft Frames)

Leo does absolutely beautiful work! The frame fit my boat like a glove. He also does fantastic powder coating in any color; NO MORE aluminum frame rub! Another huge selling point for me was the through-frame anchor system. No more flies getting cause the NRS style anchor system!

After a summer of floats, I decided I wanted to put some floors in the boat, but not use wood. I reached back out to Leo to see if we could fab up some custom diamond plate floors and he said no problem! The floors came out so good I was speechless! Not only do they weight LESS than the NRS style poly floors, they are 100% more durable and will NEVER wear out! Studded boots are also welcomed!

If you need any custom raft pieces made, don't hesitate to reach out to Leo!

*Note, the floors are the same size they just look different as I had the frame pushed all the way up for weight distribution.

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Looks pretty sweet and a rigid casting platform. A little snow certainly helps the drag down the hill at the Fife Brook put-in.

I only have a front floor for my super puma. Just polyurethaned plywood, with a little sand in the top coat for traction, pieces of soft foam on the bottom to help keep it level. My floor doesn't attach to the frame, it is wedged in before I fully inflate the boat. My floor wedges up against the side tubes and also extends back under the fishing chair. i wanted my floor to prevent dropped items such as lures or hooks from falling through the lacing and into the river.
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Old 12-14-2016   #3
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FD -

Awesome! Yeah, the full floor would have been nice, but I also wanted to keep as light as I could. For drags in other parts, I'll most likely remove the floor and even the rear module to be make the drag easier.

I'm coming from a cat with essentially no floor so I lost many flies, gadgets and the sort. So this is a huge step up. It was 18 degrees the other morning and all surfaces were slick as you could imagine, except the casting decks. The diamond plate really helps with traction.

I imagine for larger dudes, I'll need to add a strap to the rear platform for support, or use foam as you did. I did have Leo put two set screws in each coupling for the cross members (instead of 1) so more weight could be handled without turning. It's working out great.

Hope to see you out on the 'Field!
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