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Old 03-30-2015   #1
 
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Outfitting a 12' Sotar

Looking for some help outfitting our boat with a frame and storage for some excursions. The kids are old enough now, so the wife and I want to get back into it. We have done lots of R2ing BC (before children). I got her a Tomcat tandem for her birthday, so this will be the gear boat. Just looking for some insight and things to consider.

Thanks for your time,

Clayton

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Old 03-31-2015   #2
 
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Clayton, Welcome to the Buzz!

That's a sweet looking boat you've got there.

For ideas check out this thread.

When you get ready to pull the trigger, remember MB Sponsors can set you up with great gear, particularly Whitewater Machine Works (in CA), DownRiver Equipment, and RiverBoat Works

I'm sure others will chime in.

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Old 03-31-2015   #3
 
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I've been talking to Guy at whitewarter machine works (also about a 12 ' Sotar)...he has some nice lightweight options and he's out your way...
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Old 03-31-2015   #4
 
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Thanks

The more I research, the more I realize, we're going to need a bigger boat. Families and rafts grow together.

I'll post her up here shortly. She is unique. 21 inch tubes.
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Old 04-01-2015   #5
 
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I used Guys (whitewater machine works) low pros on a frame I put together and am very happy with them. I highly recommend dealing with him. His frames look very nice.


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Looking for some help outfitting our boat with a frame and storage for some excursions. The kids are old enough now, so the wife and I want to get back into it. We have done lots of R2ing BC (before children). I got her a Tomcat tandem for her birthday, so this will be the gear boat. Just looking for some insight and things to consider.

Thanks for your time,

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Nice looking boat! My insight - is hindsight. What ever you do, you'll want something different, just like you realizing your going to need a bigger boat. That is why modular frames are so popular. Starting with something that you can change and adapt is my first suggestion. Something like DRE's 3 or 4 bay frames (or WWMW fittings to make it a double rail, or NRS, or Gary at rowframes) There are many ways to skin this cat, but staying flexible I think would be your key. You may down the road settle into a set up you like but I doubt the first one you try (even with shitloads of research) will be perfect. The classic set up is a drybox under the rower (back bay), foot well, cooler for the 3rd bay and if room for a 4th a bench seat infront of that. I doubt your 12'er will have room for 4 bays but that would likely depend on box/cooler dimensions. You could also skip the box and but a drop bag under the rower, but then you need a seat or a bench to row from. Start with something like that and move on from there as you develop preferences and steal ideas from others.
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This is what I did with my Spider. It's 13' but your boat is wider and probably has more room. The frame parts are NRS, drop bags are DRE and the dry box is an old York.


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I sit on a dry box with empty captains bay. Cooler the drop bag with a table in the front. I went with the drop bag option in case I ever want to run 2 coolers. I try not to pack a bunch of gear on my boat so one dry box is really all I need.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-03-2015   #9
 
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Appreciate the Input

You know, if money wasn't so hard to grow, mistakes wouldn't be so expensive.

Elkhaven:
Excellent advice. First time around it wont be perfect. Stay flexible.

I have been talking with Gary at raftframe.com and he has a design that will work.

Any concerns with modifying the size of the 3 bays? 2 smaller and one bigger? The total length is 63". Tubes are 33" apart. I am having trouble finding a good size dry box. A couple of NRS canyon dry boxes sitting length wise would be a tight squeeze, but acceptable. Thoughts.

Sembob & Bloodhound - Nice looking boats.

PS I got to get this figured out by June 14th. Us and another family are running the San Juan
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I sit on a dry box with empty captains bay. Cooler the drop bag with a table in the front. I went with the drop bag option in case I ever want to run 2 coolers. I try not to pack a bunch of gear on my boat so one dry box is really all I need.
That boat looks a couple feet longer than 12 feet.
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