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Old 11-02-2013   #1
 
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Mini Max Frame Size

I am designing my frame for the mini max, and was wondering how others have set their frames up.

I am going to be droping a cooler in the front bay for a passenger seat, and am debating running a captains box for the rear bay.

How wide and how long have people been able to go on this short boat?

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Old 11-02-2013   #2
 
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I use the 48" wide x 50" NRS Longhorn frame with 7.5" oars.
I added a cross bar in front of the foot bar for a swivel seat for my sweetheart.
(Or two can sit on the front thwart.)
I have not tried a cooler in front.
I know I have to pretty much max out the distance from my rear seat bar to the front seat bar or my knuckles hit the back of the swivel seat -- ouch.
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This is my frame.

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Old 11-03-2013   #4
 
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I have a setup similar to what you are looking to do:

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...tml#post305625

My frame is 48" wide by 56" long. The captains box is 24" wide, 13" long. Fits perfect between the thwart hinges inside the tubes. The same dimension for the cooler would be ideal up from too, although I just a cooler I had.

The one thing I don't like about this frame is the oar towers. I may swap them out for the NRS towers to get them outboard a bit more. There are a couple of other designs very similar to this in the raft prone thread, including one with NRS towers I believe.

I just ordered tubing and fittings and built this frame. Not hard at all, just need a saw and some patience...
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I have the Hyside Outfitter 12. Next size up from the Mini Max. My frame is 54 wide X 65 long. My dry box off my cataraft (34 long) fits snugly between the thwart knuckles. I have used a smaller 52 Qt. Cooler, but my 105 would fit. I just ordered parts from NRS and made my own custom sized Compact Outfitter frame. The NRS guide suggested 7.5 ft oars for the 54 inch frame, which sounded too short to me. Even 8 footers felt short. I went with 8.5 ft oars and used the NRS 10 inch oar towers to get the extra width. It worked perfectly on a 7 day Deso trip last spring. Study your specs and shoot for the max size dry box and cooler you can fit, buy the NRS frame parts, and make a basic frame. That Mini Max will be a hoot to row! Have fun with it.
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Here's some pics of the Outfitter 12 with frame & on Deso with gear.
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Don't know if it will help, but I'll try and attach a photo of my 48x54 Puma frame. I think it is of similar width to a minimax. I recently added the seat to the frame, and may try and get rid of a crossbar, though it makes a good mount point for my Pelican case (tools, first aid, handy stuff). The front bay was sized for my Gott 34 qt. cooler, but I also have used gamma seal buckets dropped in there for dry boxes. I'm about 200 lbs., and have found the boat needs all the gear forward for balance when I'm solo (so far, actually all the time in that boat).
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Old 11-04-2013   #8
 
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Like Johnovice above I'm using a longhorn like frame. 48x50 I think.
I could have gone longer with the side rails but as it is I can put a 65qt yeti up front and could put a box in back. The extra length would come in handy for more rigging options but that nrs stuff is heavy and I wanted to go light but still have some flexibility. I posted some pics on here so you can search and see what it looks like.
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Small Raft Frames

Hello All,

I haven't had the pleasure of working with a Mini-Max yet, but I build lightweight, fully adjustable breakdown frames designed specifically for small rafts (and cats for that matter.)

Here is one I built for a Puma, 50" x 62".

Thanks!
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Groveland eh? I thought everything was toast over there....
Nice frame, what does something like that weigh?
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