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Hello all, I wanted to say that I just pulled the trigger and bought a new AIRE Super Puma with the intentions on making into a low water Middle Fork boat. I should be getting it delivered this weekend and I'll update this thread next week sometime when I get it blown up for the first time and get the floor laced in and the perimeter line installed.

Any suggestions on what small frame to use on the Super Puma? I have a YETI 65 that I'll plan on using, but any suggestions on a drybox to fit? Any do's or don'ts when it comes to rigging the SP? 8' oars? etc

Thanks for any input!
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Beautiful job! After you cut the tubes how did you drill the holes for the LoPro attachment bolts? Thanks.
A drill press and the jig in that link would have been nice!

The process I used was pretty simple. I left one LoPro still installed on the newly cut length of pipe and laid it on the flat garage floor upside down (upside down so the LoPro will prevent the pipe from rolling). Then line up the second LoPro (also upside down) on the outside of the pipe. Stick a pencil through the LoPro fitting to make a mark on the pipe. The I used a hammer and punch on the marked pipe so the drill bit would wander. I drilled out one hole, put the LoPro fitting inside the pipe, then drilled through the pipe again, this time using the LoPro to guide the bit through the other end of the pipe. It was a pretty easy process and I am pleased with the results.
 

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Thank you for the feedback! I ended up getting a River Rat dry box from Cascade River Gear this morning. I believe they are made in Oregon. It's a true 30" box so it'll be a tight fit but will maximize what little space there is between the tubes.
That River Rat box looks sweet, but my wallet is glad I didn't find it before the FrontierPlay. Might have to save up a little extra and get one as my second box.
 

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You get what you pay for? They're decent for a chinese made box. I know several folks who have used them for years and I think a couple had to get some cracks welded after several seasons of heavy use. My box seems decently made and haven't had any issues with it and planning on getting a second this year. If you temper expectations I think they are worth it.
We have used a 36" one for years. I was very suspect at first, but it has held up REALLY well.
 

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Small update. Today was mildly productive, I installed:
1) 8" oar mounts w/ Cobra oar locks
2) Two sidebags in the captains bay
3) 1.5” straps from the raft to the D-Rings
4) X-Small Pacific River bag from CRG (I have a much bigger one on my 156R and absolutely love it!)
5) NRS Adjustable Cooler Mount for my cooler

Still need to do:
1) Install perimeter line
2) Waiting on a back-ordered NRS Flip Seat Mount for my seat above the dry box
3) Waiting on a back-ordered NRS Universal seat mount and NRS Crossbar for a front passenger seat in front of the cooler
4) Cut the rails down to size after the back-ordered parts arrive

It should be a fun little boat!

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If you don't mind, when you are all done, would you post an all in cost? I know prices fluctuate over time and location but I would appreciate a real world example cost to help myself budget for my dream boat in the future. I have built dream boat wish lists on the nrs website which come out to around 6k. Just wondering how realistic that is after an actual boat build.
 

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If you don't mind, when you are all done, would you post an all in cost? I know prices fluctuate over time and location but I would appreciate a real world example cost to help myself budget for my dream boat in the future. I have built dream boat wish lists on the nrs website which come out to around 6k. Just wondering how realistic that is after an actual boat build.
I can probably help with that. Not sure about the etiquette of posting prices here (I did get some stuff at a discount and/or on sale, so maybe I can just put current retail prices?). So are you looking for a breakdown of the entire build when I'm done?
 

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Nice looking rig! I have one just like it minus the river rat box but with added running boards and an anchor system.

I'd be courious how your oar length geometry with the 8" oar stands and sitting on the drybox is feeling for you. I'm using 8' oars and 10" stands, and my seat is on a crossbar. Mine rows great and was a giant leap forward from where I started with 6" stands. It was kind of tricky, at least for me, to get right on that narrow little boat.

I just got an XS Pacific river bag for a super puma I recently acquired. I'm quite impressed with it.
 

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Well, I finally pulled every back off the boat and got the perimeter line on. It took half a dozen tries of deflating the boat/retying/inflating the boat to get the tension just the way I want it. The end result is that the line is TIGHT but still allows the boat to be fully inflated. I used 3/4" solid braid multi-filament polypropylene from Amazon. I have the same stuff on my 156R and had no issues with it. I haven't cut any excess off yet, but will. It makes a nice bow line. Does anyone else do that too? If so, how much material do you leave?

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This is knot that I used. I don't know the name of it. When I purchased my 156R back in 2012 the nice people at Aire (actually, it was Idaho River Sports when they had a second location at the AIRE factory) they gave me this short section of rope with the knot that they recommended.

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Beautiful job! After you cut the tubes how did you drill the holes for the LoPro attachment bolts? Thanks.
I’ve cut crossbars several times. I cut the vat then mount it on the boat having lined up the location of the LoPro hole. I start with a very small bit then progressively increase. The lLoPro hole acts as a guide. It’s not necessarily exact but it’s been successful so far.
 
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