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Old 06-09-2015   #1
 
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Passenger footbar on the front of your cat?

Anybody out there ever run a passenger footbar off the front crossbar of a cataraft frame?

It could work for my current multi-day setup if I put a passenger right up front, but they would need something to brace off of in whitewater. I row with towers right in the middle and have had a passenger directly behind me on a seatbar, but it's always a game of balancing all the weight front to back on multi-day trips and the passenger always ends up sitting up front on a paco most of the time anyways. On day runs a passenger is always up front to trim out the boat, but they have the cooler in front of me to sit on and an empty bay for feet. Would love to see photos if anybody's got em

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Yes, I have used a standard NRS footbar for this. I re-drilled the bolt holes so it pointed forward at an angle instead of straight down.

You're passanger just has to be very careful they don't get their feet smashed if you accidentally smash into a rock head-first!
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Here is a shot on my cat.
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You're passanger just has to be very careful they don't get their feet smashed if you accidentally smash into a rock head-first!
This and having a loop on the front for a foot/arm to get potentially entangled are my two biggest concerns. Not sure how valid a safety concern it really is with everything else there is on the boat.

It would definitely be one of the more exciting seats on the boat.
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You're passanger just has to be very careful they don't get their feet smashed if you accidentally smash into a rock head-first!
Just wanna say I do know the difference between your and you're... hahaha
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This and having a loop on the front for a foot/arm to get potentially entangled are my two biggest concerns. Not sure how valid a safety concern it really is with everything else there is on the boat.

It would definitely be one of the more exciting seats on the boat.
Very valid concern. A mesh floor would be one easy way to reduce entrapment risk. That could make for a very comfortable and safer passenger seat though.
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I row from the center of my cat. My oars are forward and centered with my foot bay. I pile gear in the front bay and cover it with a Paco pad to be an exciting sesting option. Down River made me a foot rail that comes off the drop tails and curves up to the height of the top rails. I explained what I wanted to them and they seemed to read my mind and made it perfectly. I would post a photo if I understood telepathy. Otherwise, I'm struggling.
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I cantilevered my bottom rails to allow a footbar to extend straight up in the bow. I then wrapped it with an NRS mesh floor so your legs don't go flying into rocks when someone is driving funny. Best seat on the raft. click on the image to make it bigger, you'll see what I've got going on.
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I've had 2 Downriver frames with a kickbar for the passenger. It works really well. We stayed upright through all of the major rapids in the Grand Canyon. I made a plywood deck for the front bay and put a dropbag underneath the decking for additional storage.
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I've had 2 Downriver frames with a kickbar for the passenger. It works really well. We stayed upright through all of the major rapids in the Grand Canyon. I made a plywood deck for the front bay and put a dropbag underneath the decking for additional storage.
I mounted the Down River footbar turned upwards. I often have gear in the front bay with a pad over it and the bar is about 8" lower than the pile. With a deck on the front it is level with the frame and still works OK. I might try flipping it over when I don't have the gear pile.
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