Ok guys, I have looked at every website that I can find for different frames and floor layouts for a cataraft. I still have not found what I am looking for. I want to build my own frame, and floor.
What I have for tubes are 16 foot, double tube Argronauts. They are hypalon/neopreme, and yes they are huge.
In regards to the frame have seen lots of suggestions about using top rail from chain link fence. I wonder about the strength and if that is stiff enough? The aluminum pipe that NRS sells is not as light as I expected. Also, do I need to run a rail length-wise down each tube or could I get by just on the outside tube. I want a frame that I can break down and ship USPS. Any suggestions, ideas, or websites would be appreciated.
Secondly, looking for some breakdown oars that would handle this beast. Have had no luck finding anything.
Finally, the floor considering cutting up an old trampoline and sewing it up to lace in. Which brings up another question on the frame, what do I need to do if I have a flexible floor.
Thanks for any suggestions, tips or pictures you guys canprovide. I know there are a lot of knowledgable people that lurk here and I am looking for any ideas, especially the cheap ones.