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Old 04-20-2016   #1
 
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New frame build with Neff's Whitewater Customs!

Just wanted to share my new frame for my 156D. I will post some more pics as I start to put everything together. I'm stoked with this frame it's replacing my NRS Bighorn II frame. Nothing against that frame just wanted to make some mods and this ended up making a lot of sense.

This frame is light as I'm saving the weight of 12 lopros those must make a big difference as this frame is so much lighter when moving it around.

There's lots to be said about the adjustment of NRS frames but I found that I really wasn't moving anything and after adding a dry box the frame was quickly loosing any adjustability.

This frame will be powder coated soon after I get a dry box and make final decisions on how it will be mounted.

First bay is huge 22" deep for a drop bag, second Bay is 18" with hoops for cooler to rest on. Bay four is a hair over 16" for a dry box.

I'd really like to give Neff a big shout out for this beautiful frame. I think his quality and value is on par with the best. He really took his time and listened to what I wanted and had the expertise to offer suggestions on how to make things really pop. Best of all I spent a day hanging out in his shop and even helping (hope Neff would call it the same) I learned a lot and have a really cool frame now!



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Old 04-20-2016   #2
 
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that looks great...hope you use it a ton this summer!
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that looks great...hope you use it a ton this summer!
I'm planning

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Curious on the design (I’m not criticizing). Is not having a full double rail for cost, weight, functionality? Personally double rail is nice feature but mainly just for walking around the raft but it does weigh more and cost. Your frame looks good would like to see a pic with the front bays decking.
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Curious on the design (Iím not criticizing). Is not having a full double rail for cost, weight, functionality? Personally double rail is nice feature but mainly just for walking around the raft but it does weigh more and cost. Your frame looks good would like to see a pic with the front bays decking.
I choose to keep it simple mostly for simplicity and weight. I am quite often running with just one kiddo along and will often carry the frame myself at put in and take outs when I don't have the manpower to move the boat with frame.

It also would add materials and costs and for me it just wasn't the way I wanted to go.

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Old 06-16-2016   #6
 
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Here's some pics of my decks, I made them out of 3/4 MDO possibly will modify them with some slots and hardware to attach but I wanted to run it first. Really happy with how they turned out. Personally I saw the side boards as extra weight but I was quickly out voted by the family.

I coated them with a product called super deck which seems so far to be a great product I have it on some exterior cedar with good results. I considered paint but was concerned that it would be a maintenance nightmare.

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Nice! I think you will end up really liking the side boards, especially on the longer trips, makes your boat really comfortable. Like mine alot along with the plywood floor.
If you come up with a system to easily remove them, then you can always shed those extra pounds for ELF and LF trips.
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Yeah I believe I'm already a convert. They are just strapped on so it will be easy enough to take them off.

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Small platform.

Looks good. What's the small platform in the rower's bay. I think it's part of the frame but I don't see it in the first pictures you posted. Just curious.
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It's a tray that's welded to the frame. It was the last thing welded on so it does not show in the earlier pictures.

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