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Old 07-31-2015   #1
 
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Handicapped Accessible fishing frame ideas please

Have a friend who takes several less mobile (from limited mobility to full on wheelchairs) folks out fishing. I have a few ideas but I figured id throw it out on the buzz to get some more input. I will be welding this frame so the options are fairly open. Safety minded day trips, class 2 tops.

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Old 08-01-2015   #2
 
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What's the boat size and rowing position? Will they be peeing in the Yellowstone or not?

Raft or catarat? High back seat with handrails and a solid floor?
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13' otter. Going to use my standard frame as the platform and modify as needed.
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I saw an accessible fishing rig on the North Platte a few years ago. I was made from cat tubes with a modified frame. Instead of straight cross bars it had bent bars that dropped down to hold a full length plywood floor about 3' x 12'. I think he had 6 bars making 5 bays The floor was wide enough for a wheel chair and had tie down points for cam straps.

The owner said he had the bent crossbars custom fabricated. The captains seat was bolted to a reinforced dry box lid. the dry box and cooler were strapped to the floor and could easily be removed or loaded after a passenger. He had a plywood draw bridge that could be set front or back to load roll on passengers from shore..
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I saw an accessible fishing rig on the North Platte a few years ago. I was made from cat tubes with a modified frame. Instead of straight cross bars it had bent bars that dropped down to hold a full length plywood floor about 3' x 12'. I think he had 6 bars making 5 bays The floor was wide enough for a wheel chair and had tie down points for cam straps.

The owner said he had the bent crossbars custom fabricated. The captains seat was bolted to a reinforced dry box lid. the dry box and cooler were strapped to the floor and could easily be removed or loaded after a passenger. He had a plywood draw bridge that could be set front or back to load roll on passengers from shore..
interesting. Thanks
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Not sure for a raft but for a cat these guys have it dialed. They are very impressive and might be a good source of ideas.

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Appreciate the link. A cat does seem to be a better choice in most cases. It is not the preferred option in our area due to the lower water. I have rowed a lightly loaded cat here and it drags a lot in comparison to a round boat.
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