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Old 04-27-2012   #1
 
Golden, Colorado
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Rafting tool kit

Time for me to stop to stop relying on my trip mates to have everything I need. What do people carry in their rafting tool kits?

So far I have:
NRS patch kit that came with the boat? Anything I need to add to that?
I need to get a spare valve and valve wrench
Allen wrench for speed rail frame adjustements
Hammer
Folding saw
Folding shovel

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Old 04-27-2012   #2
 
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I would suggest that you add some small tins (spice ones or even Altoids work great) to mid glue in. Rubber gloves, acid flux brushes (just small cheap brushes you can get from the hardware store), and some plumbers sanding cloth to your patch kit. I would also recommend that you sand one side of the patch material at home using a drummel, belt sander, or other as that way all you have to sand when in the field is the boat.

Lastly, any spare nuts and bolts (or set screws) in a small tin.
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Old 04-27-2012   #3
 
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Pelican case with:

PVC and hypalon patches + Glue
C7 valve.
Pressure relief valve.
Valve wrench.
Hex Key x 2
1 flip tip screwdriver
Tear Aid A & B.
EMT shears
Spare frame quick release pins x 2
Spare frame 3/16 self cutting hex thingies
2 pair nitrile gloves
Sandpaper
Small Paintbrush.

In captains bag:

Z-drag with 100 ft of webbing for attachment, or cross river line setup.
Compact top off/repair pump.
First aid kit with CPR, and light trauma kit.

DRE sells a premium patch kit with some of this, and I just shove the rest in there. I also squirrel away some tearaid in a double ziplock inside of my PFD with my flipline, just in case something happens to my repair kit, or too toss at people on the shore if I can't stop for long.

I don't worry about mixing cups. EMT shears will turn any beer can/water bottle into a mixing cup inside of a minute.
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Old 04-27-2012   #4
 
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I added extra key rings, after I sheared off the pin holding my oar lock on. I also carry a spare oar lock.
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Duct tape and lots of it... Does anyone pack a spare Lo pro for thier nrs frame??. I think it might be overkill... It seems it would fail somewhere else first... I pack all the extra parts that go with it just not an extra...
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Duct tape and lots of it... Does anyone pack a spare Lo pro for thier nrs frame??. I think it might be overkill... It seems it would fail somewhere else first... I pack all the extra parts that go with it just not an extra...
A spare oar post/yoke is good too.
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I heard the glue in the patch kit needs to be replaced annually... Any truth to that?
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Old 04-27-2012   #8
 
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Thanks for the responses. Good tips.

On the oar yoke/post, what do poeple do that have double rail DRE frames? Once the oar tower is on there is no way to replace it without a welder. Has anyone ever broken a DRE speedrail oartower? If you carry spares, what do you carry and how do you get it onto a double-rail w/ diamond plate set-up?
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Duct tape and lots of it... Does anyone pack a spare Lo pro for thier nrs frame??. I think it might be overkill... It seems it would fail somewhere else first... I pack all the extra parts that go with it just not an extra...
I carry a spare lopro, a few sets of lopro frame bolts as well as oar tower and an oar lock.

I also have odds and ends straps parts like extra cam buckles and those figure 8 loop things that you put on straps yo make a loop.

I check my patch glue annually at least.

I also keep my invasive species permit, trip roster, river permit, etc with the repair kit.

My pin kit and first aid kit are kept in a separate area with easy access if the boat in right side down...

My kit fits in an ammo can that straps to the deck for easy access.

I keep my shovel in my box with my fire pan, hatchet and charcoal starter. No saw on board.
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Old 04-27-2012   #10
 
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I added extra key rings, after I sheared off the pin holding my oar lock on. I also carry a spare oar lock.
I knew I was forgetting to mention something! Spare oarlock as well, and split rings x 2. Plus, always rocking a spare oar.
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