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Old 04-10-2011   #1
 
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Raft Cart?

I'm looking for some kind of cart to transport my raft from my trailer to the river. No extremely long distances or crazy terrain. Just something to get my 14', Maravia Diablo to and fro. It's set up for fishing w/ oar frame, front fishing platform & such. So, fairly heavy.
I've seen some canoe racks at Campmoor that have mt. bike tires w/ frame that look pretty nice. I'm not sure I could modify w/ a piece of plywood on top or not. Anyone have any good ideas?
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Old 04-10-2011   #2
 
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drive closer to the water, or even back the trailer right in.
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I do that when I can. But, it's not an option at many of the put-in/take-outs I have available. Thus, the need for a cart.
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It's a Maravia - just drag it.

Or grab three or four old oars and roll it Egyptian style.
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I wouldn't drag my Maravia on asphalt/cement though.

tatheo, I've seen a thread on here talking about the carts. Some folks up in Idaho built it for their cats, looked pretty decent, so a search and see if you can find it.
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It's maravia. Assemble your raft on the trailer and remove any tie downs. Secure a long rope from the boat to your bumper. Get your rig going about 30 in reverse, lock the brakes about 50 feet from the edge of the cliff. Let momentum do the rest
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I had been playing with the idea of incorporating my carlisle oar shafts into a cart. 2 2x6s about a 18" long, with u-bolts/wing nuts that would connect the oars in to make a frame. then some of the large rubber casters
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screwed to the 2x6s. the idea would be for short drags etc. just an untested idea...

cam strap it to some d-rings or the frame, and roll like a huge inflatable wheel barrow
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Buy a couple big wheel long board skateboards, and make a bracket that connects them. Might work for shortish distances if the trail is wide enough.
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Inflate your thwarts, take them out of the raft and place them under the raft. The raft can now roll on top of the thwarts. When the one of the thwarts is no longer under the raft (will be behind the raft), someone needs to grab it and move it to the front of the raft. It might be slow going, but it will keep your raft off the ground and the only risk is popping a thwart.
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"drive closer to the water, or even back the trailer right in."

No shit? Brilliant idea...never would have thougth of that.
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