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Old 1 Week Ago   #1511
 
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Custom Frame & 16' x 24" Maravia Cat

Purchased this from an estate 3 years ago due to price and lots of pros with some cons. The owner was an engineer who designed it and a welding shop in Hermiston Oregon I believe fabricated it. 10 foot long frame. Floor is perf plate w/1/4" holes, which when you hit waves just right will geyser out my nostrils and stuff in between too. With addition of cover material under my feet it solves the problem on cool mornings. The dry boxes store under aluminum "benches" and the posts fit into machined holes in the frame rails and pin in. I tie down the handles on the front box so it doesn't slide into the drink when the stern is beached and the bench is removed. The two have their hinges facing forward so I can have easier access to contents from stepping onto the decking from the rear. The wider bench I fabricated aluminum legs to use as a kitchen table and the front seat I use shorter PVC legs for the "dining room" table. On the river I strap river pads on top of the benches for comfort and the straps serve as hand holds and another layer of security.

Lashing things down has been evolving and I use heavy synthetic cording at reinforced locations for lashing/strapping things down. In a couple of places, I use S.S. U-bolts thru the perf for tie offs also.

This cat really punches thru holes.
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Wow, that’s kinda of a neat set up!
The way atheism frame contours the tubes, reminds me a bit of how the frame on a snout rig is built.

Do you pack dry bags or something between the table legs and the frame? It looks like there could be a bit of an entrapment hazard from how he designed that? Can kinda see what ya mean, about the pros and cons, but pretty cool boat! Bet she’d be fun down in the Grand!

And no shortage of table space, either!
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Wow, that’s kinda of a neat set up!
The way atheism frame contours the tubes, reminds me a bit of how the frame on a snout rig is built.

Do you pack dry bags or something between the table legs and the frame? It looks like there could be a bit of an entrapment hazard from how he de)
Matt man - correct you are, dry bags are strapped off the ends of the benches. The dry boxes and cooler have no room between the rolled edges of the behches and to the side of the cooler I stuff my Z-Drag/rope system and other items to fill the space. Straps are vertical and tight spaced with no entrapment issues that I am worried about.

I don't have any idea on what it cost to fabricate the frame, but it must have been substantial with all the materials, parts, cutting, bending and welding.
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Quaboag on Saturday
How was the Quaboag? Did you run it from the upper put in or just from the dam? I've never considered rowing it because the portage and the fact that it's usually pretty low and scratchy.

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From Lucy Stone Park (the upper).

Running through the “Mouse Hole” is worth it.

The portage is not that bad. 80 yards maybe. I carry the oars, throw bag, dry bag and fishing gear to the top of the rocky slope. Go back and turtle the raft (frame and anchor still attached) to the top rocky slope. Reload and slide the raft down the rocks loaded, and hop in. I know fellow rafters that R2 over the dam. But I am getting to old for that stuff and would rather not talk to the cops at the takeout.

The river was running good for the past month. I ran it last Sunday at 850 cfs (5.3 ft). Good level. But the river has been dropping steadily, and now that the leaves are popping out, it won’t hold as long after rains. I would say 450 cfs is a good bottom cut off for my likings, with 550 plus a fun time.

Got my fingers crossed for good rain this week , cause with the water temps starting to rise, I want to try the river with the fishing swivel seat up front and a passenger. FYI the first few curves after the dam is good trout water that is not very accessible to shore anglers.
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Gorgeous tarp - I am jealous.
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From Lucy Stone Park (the upper).

Running through the “Mouse Hole” is worth it.

The portage is not that bad. 80 yards maybe. I carry the oars, throw bag, dry bag and fishing gear to the top of the rocky slope. Go back and turtle the raft (frame and anchor still attached) to the top rocky slope. Reload and slide the raft down the rocks loaded, and hop in. I know fellow rafters that R2 over the dam. But I am getting to old for that stuff.
I think I'm just a weak SOB. My Trib 9.5 and frame have to weigh 120lbs after the ballast floor is wet. My frame is boxed off though, probably weights a little more than yours. My Trib is shorter than your raft but it might be wider. If you just look at the straight tubes it's actually almost square. In fact, my frame is nearly square. When I portage it with my wife it's a chore. Case in point, the takeout from the Deerfield Dryway is probably about the same distance and was not an easy task.

The Quaboag has been high all spring, higher than my OC1 skills would probably allow. I'd probably call it rowdy at 5.5-6+ ft. I've only OC1 it at 4.7 and I've run it in a SOAR S-10 OC1 inflatable at 5.2. I think it would be fun in a raft at 6ft.

Post up on the east coast whitewater rowing page (Facebook) next time you head out. It's good to see some folks in the Northeast getting at it on some different rivers on the oars. Quaboag isn't one I figured anyone rowed.



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Am I lost? Is this the Raft Porn thread or Trip Planner thread?
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Yeah, I am probably turtling 130-140 pounds when the frame is on. Last time I even left the fishing anchor attached. At least it is not as much up hill as the dryway takeout.

I am working tomorrow morning , but hopefully getting on the Quaboag around 1 or 2 pm. It’s slowly dropping now, but I should be able to scrape down. Hopefully the wife joins me tomorrow. The Quaboag is 30 minutes from where I live, so it is my new go-to.

Al with the red Hyside raft will be at the Dryway on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, if you need another raft to float . Probably will be a whole show of Dryway lovers up there
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