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Hey all!
I'm in the process of reconfiguring my dayframe for a 13' Hyside. I have a little frame with a cooler bay, a seat, and a kick bar (basically an NRS "Bighorn 1" - not exactly the same as I've kind of pulled parts from other frames/raft company dumpsters, but all NRS components).

My issue is, I don't really *like* rowing off of the seat... maybe it's a lot of years pushing gear rigs from a drybox, but I prefer sitting on a flat surface. I also use the frame for fishing quite a bit, and the allure of having a place to strap down some crap next to me is there.

The hangup here is that when not fishing, the frame is used to row some decent (class 4) whitewater. We live next to the Royal Gorge in CO and that's the bread and butter day run.

Hookay - so here's the question.

1) Do any of you row off a cooler for a day frame? Do you love it? Hate it? How do you make it stable enough to feel legit? Those metal cooler hangers make me nervous to have my feet right next to them...

2) Has anyone bought (or made) something like the NRS "bench" seat they're selling now?
https://www.nrs.com/product/92075.03/nrs-frame-bench-seat

Seems like an okay option, but also seems like I might just fall off the back of it.

Thanks for any thoughts...
 

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i made a bay frame. used 1.25 inch pipe, speed rail fittings. i cut a piece of plywood to fit under my cooler. used 2 holes per strap. when the top straps are on it does not twist at all. I will get a picture for you later. See you in corner pocket
 

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i made a bay frame. used 1.25 inch pipe, speed rail fittings. i cut a piece of plywood to fit under my cooler. used 2 holes per strap. when the top straps are on it does not twist at all. I will get a picture for you later. See you in corner pocket
Oh nice - so you're saying the cooler sits on a (hanging) piece of plywood?
 

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Just make a seat that works for you. You could bolt or u-bolt a board or plank to the cross rail for a flat surface.

Here are some photos of my seat. It is plywood with some 2x3s on the edges, foam padding all wrapped in white and black gorilla duct tape. Bolted straight through a cross bar.
 

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I put this under my cooler. I use 4 3' straps and 2 over the top of the cooler. I just made this one to fit a new cooler. Still needs 4 or 5 more coats of marine varnish. Promised you a pic.
 

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