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Old 10-12-2017   #1
 
crested butte, Colorado
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Hyside minimax ???

I bought a minimax this spring after enjoying the minime for years. When i went to have someone build my frame for the max it had the same frame recommendations as the mini on the hyside web site. I called the company and comfirmed the info provided and they said " we recommend only 48" long frame. So today i bopped over to the hyside website and saw that now it recommends up to 62" on the max. I'm disappointed in Hyside considering your buying a product at a premium price. Anyway should i start over and cut my lossses and sell the small frame? It home made and I really miss my original rbw frame built for my mini...first world problems

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Old 10-13-2017   #2
 
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How much would you sell your small frame for and can you post any pics?
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Old 10-13-2017   #3
 
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I do not know the history of the 48" max frame length recommendation on the Mini-Max, but it was changed to 62" at my suggestion a couple months ago. The people at Hyside are a great bunch, I'm sure they were passing on the best information available to them at the time. They (as most, if not all, boat manufacturers) do not build frames in house, so there might be a gap between design intent and what current frame builders are actually putting on their rubber (or plastic.)

Can you post a pic of your frame? You mentioned home made, if speed rail/similar was used it might be easy to add a removable front bay and have the best of both worlds...day and gear setups.
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Old 10-13-2017   #4
 
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People have different ideas of what is acceptable/ proper for frame size. Some are okay with the frame extending past the flat portion or taper. Same thing with width. They still list 48" as straight tube measurement. If that is correct, I personally wouldn't run anything longer, others would disagree I've seen too many weird wear spots from running either past the top chafe or past the straight tube section. Buying some cheap pvc pipe and doing a mock lay up is a good way to check frame size before you build.

Also- I've never had a raft that measured exactly to manufacturer specs. They are helpful for figuring out if a boat is going to work for what you need to haul before you buy but I would never base any frame build measurements off of a spec sheet. Always measure your actual raft.
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Old 10-13-2017   #5
 
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Yes, you can stretch the limits beyond ideal. I had a 14' Trib, max recommended frame length is ~64", I ran 78". It worked fine and was a good trade-off for the extra room gained but did ride up on the transition.

This, however, is not the case on the Mini-Max, 62"+ straight section.
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Old 10-15-2017   #6
 
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Here is my max and frame... This is a 64", and it fits perfectly
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Old 10-15-2017   #7
 
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that is a great looking rig...looks like it would be a blast on low water-

what size cooler and dry box are you able to run?
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Old 10-15-2017   #8
 
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It is a blast! I ran it down Westwater last weekend around 5k, and it was incredibly fun. I have it set up with 2 50l coolers so that I can use one as a dry box if I need to. It is less space efficient, but more versatile than a cooler and a dry box.
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What's a good price to buy a used minimax and simple frame w/ oars? One was on Denver Craigslist over the weekend and went for $1,800. Was that a good deal?
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Hyside minimax ???

Assuming the frame and the oars are decent quality that would be a great deal!
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