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Old 12-18-2016   #1
 
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Best spot for valves?

So I'm tired of having to dig under gear to top off my raft. I'm looking at updating and moving my crappy B7's from the inside of my 97' NRS to C7's on the outside. I can put them wherever I want on the outside and want input from you all. Front and back? Sides? Close together or spread out? What do you think is the best spot?

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Man, I hate to see anyone put additional holes in their boat, even to move valves. I think most of the boat makers used to put valves on the inside. Have you looked at pics of more recent NRS boats?
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Even though there is a danger of hitting them on rocks front and rear seems far superior to anywhere on the sides. I don't like hitting them with my paddle when I'm in a paddle raft and I've seen the caps get ripped off when stacking them on a trailer.
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A friend of mine that repairs boats for a living put them on the outside for me. They are on the end, kind of, at the level of the D rings.
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I really like them on the end of the new (been this was for at least 12 years) NRS E-series. If you run a perimeter line make sure you don't position them where the strap interferes.
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I like the position of mine on my Sotar raft. Outside. Towards the ends but not directly on the ends, and paired. Easy to reach in camp & while under way. Here is a diagram.
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How much does an operation like this cost?


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I like two positions. The first is pretty much where caverdan shows his. I like them a little further from the seam than his but not much. It is where Avon put them in the end and where RMR has theirs.

The second is actually inside the boat on either side of the center baffles. It works on my gear boat because my captains well is pretty centered on the boat. This allows me to pump up all four chambers sitting in the captains seat. It keeps them inside the boat which I like and puts them in a spot that doesnt have gear piled in it. They are set a little above center so that captains boxes dont interfere with getting the hose in the valve.
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It's a lot cheaper to put the valves in the engine block, but you get better fuel economy and more horsepower if you put them in the cylinder heads.
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Zbaird I like the sound of this. I hadn't thought about being able to reach all my valves from the captain seat. Do you have any pics? As long as they don't get in the way when I'm using it as a paddle raft that sounds great.
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