Wood floor for standard raft - Mountain Buzz

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Old 04-01-2012   #1
jackson, Wyoming
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Wood floor for standard raft

Hi all. Have been reading the forums here for over a year but have never contributed.
I purchased a new (new to me) 14' standard raft this year that i am setting up for fishing. It's a beater for sure.
My question is how do I install a wood floor in said raft? Do i need one if i'm not doing whitewater? how do i hang a wood floor, as i have seen recommended on this site? realizing that any floor would have to support gear/fishermen. ANY suggestions would be great.
This is a great site with tons of useful information.
i look forward to hearing from you all.

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Old 04-01-2012   #2
Fort Collins, Colorado
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First you don't NEED a wood floor to run a bucket boat. floors do how ever provide comfort and a bit more security when hauling and rigging but mostly comfort. If you are running a typical 3 bay center mount generally the floor would be the length of your frame or your outer tubes between the rockers. Recently I herd of a friend including the beaver tail for the bow in the floor piece as 1 whole unit.

If you build a floor only under the frame then you have set up stability and comfort for the rower cooler and long box but for fishing I recommend at least a platform in the bow/stern and maybe a seat. You can get aluminium one with diamond plate from places like DRE. If you want to for lower costs I suggest the extended beaver tail floor combo.I haven't tried it my self but herd good things. As far as material goes a 1/4-1/2 inch plywood with a spar varnish will do. Suspend. The floor to d rings via webbing and smaller caribeaners or tie to your frame. Make floor sit an inch or so above the water level when boat is weighed down with a heavy to normal load (make sure the floor has clearance over rocks).
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