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I've got a mini-max and have been thinking about putting their thwart hinges on a dry bag to put in place of the rear thwart to stow more when overnight R2ing. Has anyone done anything like this?
 

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That is a clever idea, great space saver idea in a small raft. I'd like that in my big raft!
 

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I'm pretty sure Hyside was doing this a few years ago for their boats. That would be a good place to start. Otherwise see if you can find someone who can professionally install a dry zipper in your thwart. I don't imagine it would be as durable as a normal thwart however...
 

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...putting their thwart hinges on a dry bag to put in place of the rear thwart to stow more
Seems kind of overkill when you could just put the hinge pin back in then put a cam strap through it and the dry bag handles / attachment points.

Here is a link to the Hyside Zipper. Certainly a cool, spendy idea if you are thinking about the loss of structural support by removing a thwart for r2ing. If not, then I'm sure you'd get more and easier storage from a Watershed type dry bag.
RMA: Hyside Thwart Zipper
 

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The hyside thwarts with zippers are actually pretty tough. The rafting company o worked for used them for a first aid kit in one boat for each trip. They held up well and didn't seem to need air added any more than others.

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Awesome. The Hyside zipper is a hundred and sixty bucks, and then there is the issue of needing another thwart for R4ing if I go that route. Not worth the money. I found a dry bag with the same diameter but by getting a much longer version I can roll it up with air and still have decent pressure. Plus the hinges are less than 20 bucks. This is more of an offseason project than an urgent need. Will give it a try and post updates.
 

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Awesome. The Hyside zipper is a hundred and sixty bucks, and then there is the issue of needing another thwart for R4ing if I go that route. Not worth the money. I found a dry bag with the same diameter but by getting a much longer version I can roll it up with air and still have decent pressure. Plus the hinges are less than 20 bucks. This is more of an offseason project than an urgent need. Will give it a try and post updates.

It seems like the modified thwart would still work for R4ing. The zipper claims to be air tight. Wouldn't it still work as it did originally? You could get a TiZip for a lot less. http://www.diverightinscuba.com/cat...ries-tizipmastersealdrysuitzipper-p-3397.html

I think for a paddle boat using a thwart for storage is a great idea.


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