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2020 FIBARK Hooligan Race Build Thread

OK. My rough idea is to build a Bill and Ted themed float for the hooligan race. Simple platform with a telephone booth with a bunch of bill and ted characters. Now, how tf do I build this? 55 gallon drums? Wooden decking? Needs to be light enough to pick up and carry to a trailer. Also worried about the thing flipping with a phone booth on top.

Anyone with Hooligan Race engineering experience wanna give me their top 3 pro tips?

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#1 - Make sure that if it does flip over, your not dumping a bunch of trash in the river. The FibArk organizers and volunteers try their best to clean up the mess, but every year there is a ton of absolute shit from the event catching in downstream eddies for a week or more.... that said, Good Luck!
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Thanks for the heads up, I don't need months to think of funny things to say about your junk show but it doesn't hurt...
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#1 - Make sure that if it does flip over, your not dumping a bunch of trash in the river. The FibArk organizers and volunteers try their best to clean up the mess, but every year there is a ton of absolute shit from the event catching in downstream eddies for a week or more.... that said, Good Luck!
I will echo this x 10. I often float home after the event and ALWAYS end up with a boat FULL of hooligan trash. A few years back I caught up to a whole rig that apparently got abandoned. I towed it home, tied it up and finally after hoop jumping got a hold of the owner to come get it a couple weeks later. As much as I like the event and want to support it I am becoming sour as people can't seem to figure out how to clean up their shitshow. If anybody hates to see more regulation its me but I think each float should have a raft or two assigned to picking up their mess. Whether that is a volunteer thing or if each float needs a couple of "sponsor rafts" to get into the race. Something needs to change as the float builders seem to get sloppier each year. After the abandoned rig fiasco I talked with one of the event coordinators and tried to set up a meeting to discuss options to no avail.
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I will echo this x 10. I often float home after the event and ALWAYS end up with a boat FULL of hooligan trash. A few years back I caught up to a whole rig that apparently got abandoned. I towed it home, tied it up and finally after hoop jumping got a hold of the owner to come get it a couple weeks later. As much as I like the event and want to support it I am becoming sour as people can't seem to figure out how to clean up their shitshow. If anybody hates to see more regulation its me but I think each float should have a raft or two assigned to picking up their mess. Whether that is a volunteer thing or if each float needs a couple of "sponsor rafts" to get into the race. Something needs to change as the float builders seem to get sloppier each year. After the abandoned rig fiasco I talked with one of the event coordinators and tried to set up a meeting to discuss options to no avail.

I echo this as well, each year seems to leave more garbage to be cleaned up, and the race organizers don't seem to give a crap about it.

They should change the name of the event from FIBARK to FIDARK, "First in Drinking".... It's a shame how it's changed over the years...
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Ya I ran a volunteer boat one year at pretty high water. Stayed close as a safety rig at first, then started downstream once the junk started to go. Organizers had us just tie the big stuff to shore and they would follow to collect debris, but didn't really give us much in the way of rigging. Luckily the 8 foot square wrestling ring that we caught early on had a bunch of rope as part of it. It also had a bunch of exposed wood screws which made the effort that much more sketchy. We tied a half dozen contraptions up, and after about 2 hours to Salida east, one last 'float' continued on with no escort. It was as big as the wrestling ring.

I'd say get a big deposit ($200? $500?) and photograph each group with their 'floats', with it's repayment contingent on participants returning with all of their 'gear'. Most are too drunk to deal and are often lucky just to get out of the water, much less chase down their garbage. I won't ever do that job again.
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All these experiences will cause this event to not exist, which is too bad. I think it is a big draw event and it does bring a good crowd. The bandstands are always packed and the riverside raft parking seems to be more crowded each year.

The rig i caught up to was entered into the race by a group that was NOT boaters at all. They told me so when they came to pick up their trash. They showed up to get it with no pfd's and one paddle knowing that the craft was tied up to the cliff and they would have to float from my place to vallie since it couldn't be de rigged here. I saw disaster ending with their wooden pirate ship full of screws wedged in a bad spot in the gorge at best. So again, I towed it (well, it towed me since the drums it was build on had leaked over the last couple weeks) to vallie. I helped them tie it off then let them derig and haul it off.

If the entrants had to have a couple sponsor rafts at least it would give some sort of support net as well as not allow people with zero river experience to enter dangerous shit and abandon it without a care. They would have at least someone on their "team"who hopefully gives a shit looking out for them as well as the river. It was obvious these guys knew no one and had no support hence losing their rig, and driving back to the front range with seemingly no intent of coming back. The event organizers need to clean up this event on the front side and the cleanup on the backside could be a lot easier to manage. Having at least one sponsor raft (two would be better) per craft entered really could be an easy solution.


Entrants could get their own sponsor rafts and or people that want to be sponsor rafts could sign up and get some food/drink tokens or whatever for volunteering. Sponsor rafts would have to be present, with the float on race day for the float to be allowed to launch. Sponsor rafts launch and eddy out below F street. If their float yard sales they go down as far as it takes to collect trash and tie back off for the next round or all the way to salida east if their whole float goes. Rafts need to know their float and what kind of garbage will come off of it. Radios could assist in this. A trash coodinator below F could notify sponsor rafts on the radio of debris coming down from their rig.
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Great advice all around. Thanks especially for sharing your experience, Zach.

I'll see if I can get some friends to run clean-up and build this contraption to hold together and be raft-friendly (no exposed screws).

A clean up jet ski would be rad to bomb around and collect debris quickly. But I'm sure there are 10x more reasons not to have a motor craft on that body of water (probably not even legal).
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I haven't been to Fibark so I have no idea how this even is run. It sounds like there could be (if there arent) some kayakers down stream to collect the debris, maybe turn that into its own even to see who can collect the most crap, with trophies for style, biggest find, etc.

Also some sort of tech inspection to make sure crafts will stay or mostly stay in one piece would probably cut down on a lot of the junk.
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