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Old 07-30-2012   #1
 
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First Post, First Raft, Need Opinions/Approval

So I am going to take delivery on my first raft sometime in August. I have been working closely with a really great outfitter and the advice and suggestions I have gotten have been awesome. I am really looking for other rafters/fisherman's advice on anything that I may want to add, or any useful accessories I may want to pick up.

So here's what I'm gonna be working with :

-2012 13ft Rocky Mountain Raft

-3-bay DRE San Juan Frame
-front and rear thigh bars w/ horns
-stripping basket
-front and rear swivel seats
-flip bracket for forward angler seat
-2:1 anchor system
-kickbar
-oar towers

-Accessories: 2 Cataract counter balanced oar shafts (9ft), 1 Carlisle EHD oar shaft, 3 Carlisle blades, 2 drop bags, Salamander 75' rescue throw rope, DRE 4" barrel pump, and an Engel 80qt cooler


Any opinions, advice, or comments are welcome. Like I said this will be my first raft, I have oar time but have never set up an outfit before. Also any advice on how to rig it up, slight modifications, or experience would be great!

Thanks

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You have a good list. Couple of extras good dry bag for warm clothes just in case something happens ( weather flip etc....) a personal throw bag for if/ when you swim . learned on my last flip keep a throw bag 4 beaners and a 8' looped webbing( for anchor on a z drag set up)
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Sounds ok other than the blades and Carlisle shaft. Why not go with Cataract blades and shafts?
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I like what I have seen in cataract oars and blades, but don't really know much about oars. Seen cataracts bend a lot without breaking.
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Old 07-30-2012   #5
 
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What do you mean a personal throw bag? Separate from my 75' throw rope?

I was looking at these blades here:
Cataract Oar Magnum Blade 7" at NRSweb.com

You guys both think it would make a very noticeable difference?
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One throw bag for the boat and one on your person.
Just think cataracts are more durable, I have. Personally seen a cataract oar/ blade bend almost to90 degrees and spring back. Just my $0.02
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You guys both think it would make a very noticeable difference?
Absolutely.
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Cool, thanks for the tips/advice guys. I think I will upgrade the blades tomorrow, but just leave the carlisle on my spare.
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I wear the webbing around my waist as a flip strap also. The z drag setup is on your person also
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Are you mostly doing day trips & fishing? If you see some overnight rafting trips in your future you'll need a drybox of some sort.
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