I outfitted my 14' cataraft with load bearing plywood platforms treated with Line-X (thanks Mark Walker). These floors are super, great traction, studs are no problems and are just solid. They are heavy though. I have also added a 10' x 6" PVC running board atop the cross rails for foot placement, gear lashing, etc. When I'm fishing with my WFF friends weight is not really an option as two or three of us can handle the loading and unloading pretty easily. When I'm floating a lake or river with the wife and two daughters I do most of the moving, lifting, loading and unloading alone and it is a lot of work (read: puny little wuss). Are trampoline floors firm enough for fishing (toss down a mat or something for my stud wearing friends), as I see that as one of the primary ways to shave weight off the setup. How about removing some of the sections of my side boards as I run them full length. This would shave some weight, but not nearly as much as the casting platforms. Thanks in advance for your thoughts...there are so many of you really experienced watercraft folks out there.