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Old 01-28-2014   #1
 
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Running boards on Bighorn 2 frame: photo?

Would like to see a photo of running boards with enough detail to build my own. Nobody around here has them on their rafts. Thanks

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look at the raft porn thread under "the gear forum". lots of ideas.

I myself am building up a new boat w/ double rail frame and stumbled upon this yesterday. Te NRS side rails. I want to build a modular easy to modify frame (i have DRE and NRS fittings now and the NRS are much easier to move).

IF you already have an NRS frame i see very few negative to these side rails. they offer all the benefit of a double rail frame (side platform for moving around) and can actually be totally removed in 2 minutes. The negatives wold be slightly pricey, and not the "traditional" double rail look.
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check out how i did mine in post 344 in raft porn.
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Ajacobo. is there any deflection when walking on the sideboards? Is that marine grade wood, with poly (and can you order marine grade at home depot?)

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here is picture of ajacobo's boat.
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I've used the NRS side rail racks on my cataraft for a few years and like them. I have 4 of the 3 footers. I like that I can use as many as I want & need for a particular trip. I like that I can easily remove them or move them around on the frame. I even attached one to the back yoke once to add a little length to the frame. They must be supported across two cross bars to walk on them. Down sides are price & a bit heavy with the Lopros. Lots of cheaper options out there for sure, but these do work great.
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Ajacobo. is there any deflection when walking on the sideboards? Is that marine grade wood, with poly (and can you order marine grade at home depot?)

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there is no deflection with the support of all the frame crossbars(the decks are .75" thick) and no it is not marine grade wood and I could not find marine grade wood at home depot (but i did not ask if i could order it).
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there is no deflection with the support of all the frame crossbars(the decks are .75" thick) and no it is not marine grade wood and I could not find marine grade wood at home depot (but i did not ask if i could order it).
That looks really nice. How are the side rails attached to the frame? I looked for marine plywood in the SLC area years ago. Hard to find and very expensive.
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cool thanks ajacobo....i may go your route instead of making a double rail frame to support the siderails. I cannot think of any advantage of a true double rail frame to support the platform (just more metal and money)
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cool thanks ajacobo....i may go your route instead of making a double rail frame to support the siderails. I cannot think of any advantage of a true double rail frame to support the platform (just more metal and money)

.75" birch or maple plywood is what i used. It has a nice smooth finish and then I finished it with epoxy around the edges and strap holes and a deck sealant.
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