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    Default Cheap Source of Frames for Rafts & Toons ?

    Came across this adv. on CList- guy in Columbia, CA makes custom frames for inflatables.

    Prices seem to be 50% of NRS frames and it appears in pics that he uses NRS connectors and oar risers/mounts.

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/spo...309864317.html


    Has anyone used this guy or know this guy?

    I am considering a frame for my Watermaster Kodiak for the rare occasion my wife wants to float with on gentle water. Buying a frame or assembling one out of NRS components is expensive.

    I made a dolly out of PVC pipe that can be strapped on top in front. It is a bench but her feet are in the water and no seat back (after 48yrs of marriage things like that matter to her).

    Jim

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    Hi Jay,

    You may want to search the Southern Oregon CL pages as there are a lot of used rafts and components there. My guess is you will find something worth making the drive.

    As for the person selling frames: The corner bends on most of them look good but that first photo (cooler, purple raft) those corner bends are a little scary! Bending any pipe like that (fames tend to be tubing...not pipe) weakens the metal quite a bit. Maybe it was the first one they made...?

    Also, if there is a good welder/metal shop in your area you might want to ask how much a welded frame might cost, using your design. Could be much less than you might think even with adding the cost of the oarlock bases.

    Try this: https://medford.craigslist.org/bpo/d...309935831.html

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobVP View Post
    Hi Jay,

    You may want to search the Southern Oregon CL pages as there are a lot of used rafts and components there. My guess is you will find something worth making the drive.

    As for the person selling frames: The corner bends on most of them look good but that first photo (cooler, purple raft) those corner bends are a little scary! Bending any pipe like that (fames tend to be tubing...not pipe) weakens the metal quite a bit. Maybe it was the first one they made...?

    Also, if there is a good welder/metal shop in your area you might want to ask how much a welded frame might cost, using your design. Could be much less than you might think even with adding the cost of the oarlock bases.

    Try this: https://medford.craigslist.org/bpo/d...309935831.html

    Good luck
    BobVP- Thanks. After your post I realized I did not need a frame since it is the ultimate solution to something that may or may not happen 1-3 times a year---- my wife deciding to accompany me on mild water.

    Plus I remembered that I have the optional floor for the WM Kodiak and that when I made the dolly from 1-1/4" pvc I designed it to convert into a bench- so all I have to do is to add a padded folding boat seat on a 7" swiveling pedestal (and use the floor) so wife will be happy.

    Jim

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