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Old 04-10-2019   #1
 
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Self bailer frame on cat tubes

I'm planning to use the frame (+boxes, cooler, etc.) from my 16' self bailer on a pair of adequately sized cat tubes. It's a 72" single rail, bent corner, 3 bay speed rail frame. The plan is to add drop rails to stabilize 25" tubes and support a rower's floor. Anybody try this before or have helpful input?

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Gary at Rowframe.com sells reducing Ts from the 1.5 IPS to the 1.25 IPS. If you can run a couple 1.25 crossbars at the right spots then you can add a pair of NRS drop rails to support your tubes. Adding an NRS spreader bar or two will also firm it up. That said, I've never done it and there is probably a more elegant solution out there.

Or.... Use those same Ts on your existing crossbars to mount the drop rails. Lowpro fittings are stronger though... There are lots of options.
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Man I think you would be fine.
Helpful advice I have, is to take a look at the NRS web site to check out recommend frame width on there 16’ cats, if that’s the tube size you have, a 16’river cat has 25” tubes. I look at there site all the time for ideas...

Also, I’ve seen some folks run there 3 bay on the shorter trips, then add a couple cargo modules on the longer trips, it worked awesome for them. Only problem is cargo modules can get pricey$ Probably will weld my own cargo modules, if I ever convert my raft frame to fit a big set of cat tubes....
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NRS used to sell the bent drop tubes needed to make this adaptation.
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Gary will also sell you just the welded yokes and fittings to make the conversion properly
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I used NRS drop rails on a Bighorn II. Jagarande tubes. No problems.
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Thanks all for the great suggestions! I'll post photos when finished.
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