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So who's doing it? I'm seriously thinking about it because I can't always get someone else to R2 with. Let's hear your experience and see them frames. I run II III rivers and like to take my booger eaters, they are 7 and 9 and don't really contribute much but love to go with.
 

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I'll put a picture up after the weekend. AAA is making a single bay cooler frame for my gf and my mini-max. We're r2ing westy this weekend! not an oar frame but I am still excited about it.

Love to see some others
 

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good to go, but basic rowing defense skills apply, such as square-ing up to the waves, knowing when and how to ship oars properly and most importantly watching the downstream oar, watch sierra MAC/cherry creek videos on you tube, its all the same but scaled down. its a mini row boat haha cheers and be safe!
 

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I love rowing mini boats. 7 days on the salt in March was awesome Browns canyon at 4600 was a fun ride clear creek is also really fun to row.
 

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Kevin over at Riverboat Works in Salida, CO makes a killer mini max frame. Single or double bay with kickball and high/low back tractor seat. He's an awesome guy to work with and you won't have a bad impression after dealing with them. They also have Biminis made for mini max's that i would take advantage of if I had kids of my own on the boat with me to provide shade and comfort for a day of floating. I just picked my frame up from Kevin last friday, haven't had a chance to get it wet yet cause the winterish weather here in Vail is still kinda sticking around but I can take pics of frame tomorrow in daytime if you want to see it or you can just jump on their website and take a look.
 

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I row a Puma, 11', maybe? NRS day frame. 8' oars. It's a bit wide but custom is not in my budget. Really fun to row.
Frame will work on a Super Puma, which will replace the Puma when it gives up the ghost.
 

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I made my own 3 bay frame for my mini. Have taken it on the San Juan a couple of times (there is a picture in the Boat Porn thread, post #256 I think). My wife and kids like rowing it, and it gives us just a little bit of extra space on those trips.

My frame has a small cooler in the one bay, the middle bay and a small dry box in the other bay. It is symmetrical, so you can sit on either the cooler or the dry box to row. The dry box sits higher, the cooler lower. Super versatile that way.

I tend to paddle it more than row though, and took it on Westy last year at 10,000. Probably the most fun I've had in a raft in a long time!

The mini-max is a super fun, super versatile little boat....
 

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I bought a mini-max and the two bay frame from RBW last fall. I've only had the boat out once this spring R2ing. I'm really looking forward to rowing it this summer.
 

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I have a 10' NRS raft the size of a mini-max. I run it with oars or paddles (R2, R4, etc) depending on the day, river, who's with me, etc. It's a blast on small technical rivers like the Poudre, Ark, and on bigger rivers too - Snake, Salmons, etc. My boys (15/12) will take turns rowing it on the Middle Fork this summer. It's been one of the best purchases I've made.
 

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Mini-Max Rowing Frames

The Mini-Max is amazingly fun to row! It will surely keep the fun meter in the acceptable range this year with the marginal flows many of us will be living with. Fits on the Suby rigged and ready to go! I LOVE this little boat.....
 

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Don't do it!

I don't recommend it. Your other boats will get jealous because you don;t use them any more, your boating partners will get mad because you have more days on the water in your little boat than they do in their big boats, your wife, kids, SO's and GF's will leave you because all you use is the boat you "said" that you were buying for "them", kayaker's won;t like you because you won;t be carrying all their beer any more and because you can eddy out in the same places they can, you'll never have to use your trailer again and forget about lugging those heavy coolers and dryboxes around because they won't fit in the little boat. So stick to the 18' bucket boats and continue to be happy. ;-)
 

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The mini-max is amazingly maneuverable and a blast to row. I bought the frame parts from NRS because they are cheap and easily customizable/disassembled/rearranged to make one two or three bay setups. I would highly recommend checking out John Welfelt's compact mini frames; he posts on here a bunch. Definitely get 8 foot oars and tall oar towers.
 

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I don't recommend it. Your other boats will get jealous because you don;t use them any more, your boating partners will get mad because you have more days on the water in your little boat than they do in their big boats, your wife, kids, SO's and GF's will leave you because all you use is the boat you "said" that you were buying for "them", kayaker's won;t like you because you won;t be carrying all their beer any more and because you can eddy out in the same places they can, you'll never have to use your trailer again and forget about lugging those heavy coolers and dryboxes around because they won't fit in the little boat. So stick to the 18' bucket boats and continue to be happy. ;-)
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Love it so far

I just got a 48"x48" two bay frame from DRE (the Chama?), 7.5' oars, on my MiniMax-neo. One of the small DRE drop bags holds a cooler and an ammo can up front. I've only floated one day so far, but here are my thoughts; I would echo the tall oar towers for knee clearance and ease of reaching the water. I put the 6' NRS towers (which are sweet!) on and wish I had the 8" (anyone want to trade?). I also added some frame wear strips to the top of the tubes.

It's a really fun boat to row. And since I don't have booger eaters, I don't have a crew so... Moves around easy, and I had no problem getting all the gear for two people for a night to fit - I cut a little wooden floor for the back compartment which seems to help distribute the weight nicely, and just made another for the front where I'll throw water jugs on solo trips. If you float sideways into a big hole and fill it all the way up, well, uhh, it takes longer to drain my cat did...

I have a Ruby trip over the next full moon - I'll update if I have any more thoughts on the setup.

Oh, one piece of advice - NEVER PUT A BOAT ON A HOT CAR ROOF! I know the MimiMax is the perfect size to throw on your Subaru or whatever - last year we lost the I-beam seams on two small boats doing that. A couple buckets of water, or roll it up!

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Oh, one piece of advice - NEVER PUT A BOAT ON A HOT CAR ROOF! I know the MimiMax is the perfect size to throw on your Subaru or whatever - last year we lost the I-beam seams on two small boats doing that. A couple buckets of water, or roll it up!

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excellent advice about loading boats on the roof on hot summer days

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We upgraded one of or minimes to a minimax when we found out twins were on the way. We have a Welfelt Fabrication frame for it. (John the welder) The front seat is perfect for mom and the two littles, or dad when mom is putting him on the fish. John now has a front seat that converts into a sweet kitchen table, hoping to upgrade to that when we are ready for multi days with the boys. If you match your little boat with a simple, lightweight frame your options for fun increases 10 fold.
 

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So I cobbed together a poverty frame using irrigation pipe and hand rail fittings, scared up a few 8ft oars for a little trip. I'm floating the little Missouri through the Theodore Roosevelt national park. Should be a 4 to 8 day trip depending on weather and wind. Going hobo style, taking enough food and shelter for me and my favorite coonhound Pepper. Packing MRE's, good Canadian whiskey and plenty of beer.
And one small tribute Monday night for a few fallen brothers, felony or not it will be a BLAST ;-)
 

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Riverboat Works is the way to go. Great guys, great product and a local business...can't beat that. Bent up a frame for my JPW Fatboy with a detachable lean bar and anchor system. Huge thanks to them! (I think I attached pics)
 

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