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Old 05-09-2019   #41
 
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haha. I think someone ordered the wrong parts.
Yep haha! Was supposed to be 60" wide, not 66" that I got. Not sure if it was NRS shipping the wrong ones or the distributor ordering the wrong ones, my invoice/estimate was for 60" so I'd guess NRS sent the wrong ones but who knows, oh well!

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Old 05-11-2019   #42
 
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I just stumbled on to this thread having missed the first go round in winter. I'm glad you are happy with your choice--it seems a good one to me.

I'm dumbfounded that no one has asked what river you are flying into every year. Perhaps everyone else knows? Or maybe I am the only one uncouth enough to ask? Rest assured, I can't fish for shit, but a week in the wilderness after a sweet helo ride sounds pretty cool. Hopefully, for your sake, that pricy flight keeps it all pristine for you.
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Old 05-12-2019   #43
 
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I just stumbled on to this thread having missed the first go round in winter. I'm glad you are happy with your choice--it seems a good one to me.

I'm dumbfounded that no one has asked what river you are flying into every year. Perhaps everyone else knows? Or maybe I am the only one uncouth enough to ask? Rest assured, I can't fish for shit, but a week in the wilderness after a sweet helo ride sounds pretty cool. Hopefully, for your sake, that pricy flight keeps it all pristine for you.

Unless you are going to some crappy place that you don't care about, then
under NO circumstance should you say where you are going on a bulletin board like this. Fastest way to have it over run.
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Old 05-12-2019   #44
 
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Man, every time I look at that frame on that raft I see allot more than 6” of slop and error. Looks more like 6” of slop on each side to me, really.

Bringing it in 3” on each end doesn’t look like you’re still even getting on the chafer. Three extra inches on each side is usually still on the chafer if fitting for center of tube or slightly past center of tube.

There’s actual daylight coming through on that far side.

Edit...you also might want shorten those side rails to give yourself more room for a gear pile in the back. 13fter is pretty small as is so your going to need to maximize that space.

Run your frame anyway you like, no doubt. Zero shits given here, of course.
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Old 05-12-2019   #45
 
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Man, every time I look at that frame on that raft I see allot more than 6” of slop and error. Looks more like 6” of slop on each side to me, really.

Bringing it in 3” on each end doesn’t look like you’re still even getting on the chafer. Three extra inches on each side is usually still on the chafer if fitting for center of tube or slightly past center of tube.

There’s actual daylight coming through on that far side.

Edit...you also might want shorten those side rails to give yourself more room for a gear pile in the back. 13fter is pretty small as is so your going to need to maximize that space.

Run your frame anyway you like, no doubt. Zero shits given here, of course.
I don't disagree and defer to everyone here, when it comes to rafting I'm entirely new. I do appreciate everyone's suggestions

The centre to centre is 56", nrs frames are 54", 60" and 66" wide, liked the nrs frame due to how it breaks down for the heli basket. I can always trim up the width on the 60" if needed. My friend bought the same set up and it looks pretty good in terms of where the side rails sit.

As for the river, it's not too hard to find out but there's a lot of choices in BC. Let's just say it's near Waldo Creek.
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Old 05-13-2019   #46
 
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I don't disagree and defer to everyone here, when it comes to rafting I'm entirely new. I do appreciate everyone's suggestions

The centre to centre is 56", nrs frames are 54", 60" and 66" wide, liked the nrs frame due to how it breaks down for the heli basket. I can always trim up the width on the 60" if needed. My friend bought the same set up and it looks pretty good in terms of where the side rails sit.

As for the river, it's not too hard to find out but there's a lot of choices in BC. Let's just say it's near Waldo Creek.
I like the way you think. I've only made it up to BC once for rafting and it sure is amazing. Several of those rivers are on the bucket list. I'll probably never make it to yours but who knows. Enjoy the new boat and your trip this summer.
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Old 08-13-2019   #47
 
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Hi everyone, just got back from the trip.

Thanks for all your help and advice. 13ft was just the right size for two people. Could have fit a touch more gear if needed but was happy with this set up. Sort of wished I got 14fter but at the same time moving the folded raft around as it is is a bit of a bitch.

Thinking next year I want to add a dry box or another yeti to row from. Would be nice to have a bear proof container to store our dry food and cookware in(had a yeti 25 we put all the dry food in this year-but that was tight).

Great weather and ok fishing.
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Old 08-14-2019   #48
 
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I was thinking a 13 or 14' raft with a normal frame(nrs Bighorn), don't need the fishing frame as 99% of the time I get out and fish while wading.

What would you recommend for this type of water/purpose?

Thanks so much!
Doesn't matter what size or type of raft, as long as you drain your ice chest every morning and use pin-and-clip oarlocks.
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Old 08-14-2019   #49
 
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Doesn't matter what size or type of raft, as long as you drain your ice chest every morning and use pin-and-clip oarlocks.
Amen to that brother!!
I’ll even go a step further, I leave my drain cracked.
I know that ain’t kosher, but I’ve also never been on a trip where my POS split lid Coleman, did not outlast everyone else’s cooler.
( it is pretty sad when a $500 Yeti becomes a trash cooler at the end of the trip...)
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Amen to that brother!!
I’ll even go a step further, I leave my drain cracked.
I know that ain’t kosher, but I’ve also never been on a trip where my POS split lid Coleman, did not outlast everyone else’s cooler.
( it is pretty sad when a $500 Yeti becomes a trash cooler at the end of the trip...)
I froze ice before hand(thank god because the local grocery store ran out of blocks). Used two-2 gallon water jugs, kept the meat cold and everything else pretty cool for 8 days in 82+ weather, still had ice in the jugs(maybe 60% or so) before we cracked them to drink on the last day.
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