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Old 04-11-2018   #1
 
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Sotar legend 12.5 with passenger?

Sotar people wanting to know your thoughts on carrying passenger on legend 12.5 for day trips. These would be easy class III (main payette, Cabarton, Shorts bar to lucile on Salmon). From what i have researched I think it can handle the weight, just not sure about the space on the tubes for passenger set up. Would be me and my wife and small cooler of beer. I know it has to have been done by someone out there just looking for the thoughts of those who have tried it, or contemplated it. Is this wishfull thinking or can i make this happen?

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Old 04-11-2018   #2
 
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When I first bought my legend we had a custom frame made with an attachable rear seat mount. My wife and I used it for shoshone rapids. I have put a board on back and used dry bags for a seat and let my friend and his girlfriend do a 6 day cataract trip and a 6 day deso/gray. More recently, on December 10th we took it down gunny gorge and ran across a hiker that fell fifty feet and put him strapped into the back with my friend holding his head and ran a couple of class III rapids to find a landing zone. We ran all the lower class IV rapids with no problem with my friend on back. You lose a little control, but it still rides like a sports car. I wouldn't hesitate.
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Nice Rescue, great boating skills. Good job! Sounds like a nice boat too.
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Thanks that is the kind of info i was looking for. And i second the great save coment.
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You have any pictures of the attachment for passeger set up?
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DRL river gypsies makes a small cat frame and I believe a seat mount that mounts on the back two bars. Here is a picture of the frame from their site.
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Found a picture with it mounted. This picture came from this old thread that may be helpful to you. https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...ple-48344.html
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Not the best pic, but you can see our 12.5' with a few passengers. There's typically a cooler up front on multi-days or a bench we can insert in its place for day trips.
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Thanks so much. I think i can build that.
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Old 04-12-2018   #10
 
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My buddy had the red one and I liked it so much I built the green one. These are MADCATR frames with the added passenger module. I opted for the dry boxes as well. The pic with my wife is loaded up for our typical booze cruse run, the other is myself loaded up for a two nighter on Hell's canyon. It is an awesome all around set up as long as you don't have to haul too much gear or have heavy passengers. My buddy and I have hauled passengers mulitple times on class 4 runs like the Upper Klamath no problem. I love my set up but I also have a 15'6 raft for multi day trips with passengers.
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