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Old 01-17-2014   #1
 
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Show me where your extra d-rings

For those of you who have added d-rings post mfg, I'd be interested to see pictures and reasoning. Considering adding a one further inside on the bow and stern.

Someone needs to dig up that picture from the raft porn thread of the rig with something like 23+ rings around the raft.

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Not post production add ons, but I'm having extras put on my new Sotar that's currently being built. One extra on the inside bow & stern. My small Hyside raft has an extra in the stern that I found useful. I ran two loop straps from that d-ring to the back cross bar on the frame. I used these straps to secure gear, then threw the net over top. A redundant system in case of a flip. I figured it would be nice to have one up front as well to secure a bowline bag, or for a passenger to clip in a day bag? I'm also getting two extras on the outside stern for securement of the cargo net. I debated about an extra side d-ring, but didn't get it. I have all the inside d-rings for thwarts that can be used as extra frame securement. They are smaller, but should help.
After you use your raft on one trip, you will quickly learn where you'd like an extra.
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You really can't have too many D-Rings. I set my boat so there's always one where I want it. The ones along the bottom come in real handy below big rapids.

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You really can't have too many D-Rings. I set my boat so there's always one where I want it. The ones along the bottom come in real handy below big rapids.

I pronounce thee D Ring King!

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I run straps through the attachment points for the thwarts I never use. This gives me three extra points on each side of my 16 foot boat on the inside of the tubes. No fuss….No muss.
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Andy H, that is the most installed Dee rings on a raft I have ever seen.

Way to go and I bet they do come in handy

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You really can't have too many D-Rings. I set my boat so there's always one where I want it. The ones along the bottom come in real handy below big rapids.
So how many rings do you actually have there and can you elaborate on what the lower ones are for?
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You really can't have too many D-Rings. I set my boat so there's always one where I want it. The ones along the bottom come in real handy below big rapids.

And thats why his nickname is phlipper
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So how many rings do you actually have there and can you elaborate on what the lower ones are for?
Seriously, though, that's not really my boat. I came across it in a CL ad and it was so absurd I kept a copy of the photo. Like Christian (Pinemnky) caught on to, the bottom ones in the photo would be great attachment points for turning the boat back over after a flip. I think that boat was once some kind of rescue boat or something specialized that needed lower D rings for lashing to another craft.

The boat I really row has pretty standard D-rings with a couple of extra ones on the bow and stern for lashing down gear. I also added extra D-rings when I put a longer frame on so there actually are a few extra rings on my boat.



But nothing like the photo I originally posted.

About the only really unusual thing I have is 2 D-rings each inside of the bow and stern down near the floor. I use these for lashing down gear bags from the inside of the boat. This avoids having entrapment hazard straps going across the top of the boat from D-rings on the outside of the tubes.

To hear the reaction I've gotten from some folks, I should've worn through the floor by now due to abrasion of gear bags on the floor and running silty Western rivers. The boat's 10 years old this season, has seen lots of use, and I just make sure all the bags I set on the floor have been rinsed of any sand before loading and strapping them down. No signs of unusual wear on the floor of my glued PVC Vanguard.

So to actually participate in this discussion instead of just being a wise-guy, I'd recommend a couple inside D-rings inside the bow and stern down low for lashing gear in without having to go across the top from the outside D-rings. Sorry I don't have a good photo of them.
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