Bag and straps for NFO Freestyle H3

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Rodney Bryan, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Rodney Bryan Rodney Bryan

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    I carried around this boat in the most inefficient way possible this weekend, and I want to improve upon that experience next time. I normally slide it out the back of my truck and into the water (less than 50 ft) so it wasn't a problem that I needed to solve until last weekend.

    I am looking to buy/build a set of straps that would enable me to carry the inflated boat. Any pointers/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thinking about the bag some more, I don't really need one since I am not willing to empty the pockets in the boat that is already filled with all the fishing essentials.
  2. Blue Active Member

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    Hi Rodney,
    Been a few years since I had my H3. What a wonderful float tube it is. I don't remember if it had rings on the bottom. If it does, have you thought of backpack straps?
    http://www.amazon.com/Bucks-Bags-Float-Backpack-Straps/dp/B001FB5BK2
  3. Rodney Bryan Rodney Bryan

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    Your reply sent me down Amazon path, and I ended up getting this rig http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001RL5PHY/ref=pe_385040_30332200_pe_309540_26725410_item (Back pack frame). This should work out just fine for carry the inflated craft but the challenge will be finding some place to stash it when I am on the water.

    There are no rings at the bottom but there are 4 rings on the top side so most straps won't get the job done effectively.
  4. Blue Active Member

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    The back of that tube is HUGE, no way to incorporate that frame to fit?
  5. Rodney Bryan Rodney Bryan

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    I plan to use the 4 rings on the front (top) of the tube to secure the back of the tube to the frame. if you are familiar with the craft, I am referring to the rings that you use to secure the stripping net. The straps will need to be a little longer than usual but it should work out. I will post a picture when I am done (success or failure)
  6. Blue Active Member

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    Right on. Please do. Like I said it has been several years since I had one.
  7. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    I'm anxious to see the result, Rodney. I think mine had rings under it like my Super Fat Cat had. I kept the backpack straps when I sold my Cat so I could use it with the H3. Love my H3.
  8. Rodney Bryan Rodney Bryan

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  9. Rodney Bryan Rodney Bryan

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    It worked out well. I removed a section of the frame pack that I don't need for this application, and the load feel very comfortable. I am satisfied but the true test is the next 2 mile hike.
  10. Blue Active Member

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    Brilliant!!!! Thanks.