making my own packable raft

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  1. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson *splash* *splash* *splash*, I need a life vest

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    Looking for material/design/construction ideas.

    don't have the $$ to spend on an alpacka, want something better than the sevylor.
     
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    PontoonerinOregon New Member

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    Could you pimp out and strengthen one of those cheapo walmart rafts or similar types. I have no idea how you would do that, but just a thought I guess.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    ? Buy one in the classifieds ? They move there inexpensively from time to time.
     
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    Hell,, try it. The pack raft police won't come get you if you do not get it right. You will probably have a good time playing around with new materials. If you are successful, you will most likely to sell as many as you want to build.
    Good luck, and let us know what you end up with.
    Tom C.
     
  5. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson *splash* *splash* *splash*, I need a life vest

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    the el cheapo one's are way too heavy for me, want something that i can throw in my backpack without having to sacrifice too much beer weight (or kill me).

    making or atleast trying to make my own is always funner (or atleast for a number of other things i have done). Want to see if I can pull this off.


    not planning to sell, and will only share as much info as I can (some people that have given me info might not want it too public).
     
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    i know its been said 1000 times before, but when ur concerned about the wieght of beer just take whiskey instead.
     
  7. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    iagree and if you don't like whiskey you can find something else lighter than a bunch of beer. Best of luck on your project. Keep us posted on the progress. I have a float tube that I've put in a pack and hiked in, it is heavy, but not so heavy that it isn't doable. If you find a way to lighten it a few pounds then I'll have more room and weight for beer too.
     
  8. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson *splash* *splash* *splash*, I need a life vest

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    I'm working on that one to with a homebrewing friend of mine.

    (been getting bored at work lately, when engineers get bored bad things happen)
     
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    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

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    why not an ultralight float tube vs raft??
     
  10. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson *splash* *splash* *splash*, I need a life vest

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    solo trips I still don't feel comfy in a tube
     
  11. Craig Hardt

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    The nice thing about something like a Curtis raft (no longer in produciton) verus a float tube is that you don't have to carry the significant extra weight of waders and fins (and wading shoes if your fins require them). A good raft keeps things really light since you use your sleeping pad to insulate the floor and then use small lightweight hand paddles instead of oars.
     
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    I would think that a tube would end up being close in weight to say a Curtis type raft and then you still have to bring waders and fins.
     
  13. Zack Leake

    Zack Leake The user formerly known as "Zekester"

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    I'm working on a freeze dried beer recipe. If I can figure it out, I'll be a millionaire! :beer1:
     
  14. colton rogers

    colton rogers wishin' i was fishin'

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    fins i can see packing them in but waders! your all mambie pambies;) but i will never pack neoprene:D they if i ever go hiking somewhere with yall, if you pack neoprene then ill carry your beer{i don't drink} only if you promise not to screw me over if i get caught with it:D

    i would love to see how this works out in the end........pics:D
     
  15. uncoolperson

    uncoolperson *splash* *splash* *splash*, I need a life vest

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    I'm thinking imagine the weight savings if I found a material like some of the stuff sacks (but actually waterproof under a little pressure) and made me some waders, I'd have to work on the some booties, but that'd be cool.
    really sucks the wife doesn't like sewing clothing, cause I don't know how to do this stuff in general.

    eying this right now for atleast that project
    http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-H...ics/Cuben-Fiber-Fabric-0-08mil-Polyester-film
    (lighter than those ripstop nylon stuff sacks)

    gotta put it through a few controlled test first (air/water permeability at pressure, abrasion, seam sealing, etc...).