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Old 06-21-2015   #1
 
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newbie raft questions/advice

Hello, Iíve been lurking here for a few weeks and must say thereís a wealth of knowledge here. I just purchased/traded for a 94 Maravia new wave 2 13.5í. I only had about 50 bucks in it. To start with it was nasty and would hold air for about 6hrs. so after a good bath or two, i went to finding leaks. looked like it was rolled in a saw briar thicket. So i ordered toobseal, and put on one patch. Its holding air about 5 days now. My main reason for getting it is trout fishing. My dad wanted to take the canoe. uh no. first off hes 74 in good shape, but one of us would have went from boater to swimmer. My plan is to build a frame for fishing. The river we will be on 99% of the time is class1, its the lower hiwassee is polk county. It will be day trips only maybe 4hrs at most. Are there any books, videos, etc that would give me the basic idea of rowing, boat care, etc. we are going to start out on one of the local lakes just to get the feel for it. Any info you can give would be greatly appreciated. Iím more accustomed to cranking the boat motor not being the motor

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Old 06-21-2015   #2
 
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Good one to start

http://www.amazon.com/Drift-Boat-Str.../dp/0871088878

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Thank you
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Good call hitting the lake first. Great place to figure it out as far as rowing and set up of your frame. Keep poking around the buzz on the rafting gear section and check out "raft porn needed " thread. Lots of goods in there. Welcome to the buzz. Been fishing with my 70+ yo dad all week. Wear a pfd at all times.
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'Float-Fishing Strategies: tactics and techniques for Drift Boats, Rafts, and Pontoon Boats' by Neale Streeks
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'River Rescue: a Manual for Whitewater Safety' by Les Bechdel & Slim Ray

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Out of print but a great book for technique, reading water, etc.

Rafting! by Jeff Bennett

I'm sure you can find a used copy on Amazon.

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Old 06-22-2015   #8
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Years ago I worked for an outfitter where we used 2X6's as the frame. The oar locks and tractor seat bolted to the 2X6's. The good thing is for less than $150 you can build it and figure out what works for you dimension wise. Those frames were well used when I got there (working for the outfitter that is) and were still in use when I left. We would paint them every season. I would make it modular, in other words, make the rowers section, then make a section for the fisherman. When and if you want to change it up, it is easy. For me personally, I know how to weld so I use cheap steel tubing and have done the same thing for about $250. 30 years later, I am still making my own equipment and changing the designs constantly. For rust protection I have powder coated the frame. I also like spray paint as I can make it look brand new every season for cheap. I can't stand bare aluminum. Your hands always get black from the oxidation and the aluminum is really heavy and is really expensive. My present set up uses a 2 tube design on top of the raft tubes with aluminum diamond plate riveted to the steel. The cross bars are removable as I use different length cross bars to use the frame on multiple boats AND can be taken down if I need to fly in somewhere.
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Are there any books, videos, etc that would give me the basic idea of rowing, boat care, etc.


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we are going to start out on one of the local lakes just to get the feel for it.
I'm with spider. Definitely hit the lakes. Time well spent. Besides, it's getting hot out there.

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-White.../dp/007005505X

After having rafted several years, I found this book at a used book store, bought it cheap, took it home and read it...agreed with a lot of it, and now loan it out to friends who are new to rafting. I recommend it.
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thank yall so much for the info. I did get the float fishing book downloaded to my kindle last night. Theres a ton of great info on here. gotta wade through a little bit of it but good stuff. I do understand the safety issues involved, I have had several classes and several swift/flood water rescues with the fire department. not something i take lightly, water will kill you quick if your stupid. I do have a pfd question. I am used to a swift water vest but all dad has used is the inflatable vest. are those enough.
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